Night Force: Marv Wolfman, Tom Mandrake, Wes Hartman, Wes Abbott, Leonardo Manco
More and more intrigue as the story surrounding Zoe Davis unfolds. But first, we’re given this really cool explanation to former President George Washington’s death in 1799. Well, if you can call it an explanation. It’s more of a suggestion. It also shows us what these freaky people-things are doing. Apparently there are psychic genes that they are trying to breed through generations. They had targeted Washington for his belief, but decided on Jefferson instead. I love this altered history that we’re given, it’s fascinating (when done right).
We learn that Zoe Davis was recently pregnant, and delivered a baby. I did totally mention Rosemary’s Baby last ish, didn’t I? Winters takes Zoe to 17th Century London to see a psychic there, who describes Zoe’s child as a “perfect” Generation 10. Winters is as cryptic and evasive as ever, and hardly ever offers up any kind of explanation. That’s frustrating a bit. This guy always has something better to do than to sit down and explain what’s going on for five minutes.
That Senator from before? Apparently his generation had some kind of defect that killed most of them, and they’re hoping he holds out for the upcoming election. Surely this secret Tribunal council thing wants someone in power they can influence.
Finally, we get to some explanation…the heart of it all. There are kidnappings of females that date waaaay back. Duffy’s father, an FBI agent, became obsessed with the coincidences of the case, and found that sometimes babies turned up after these kidnappings, girls, all with the same birthmark - which Zoe has. Nothing like a good conspiracy-chase to kick-start a story! Duffy, as a child, witnessed shadow creatures tearing his father apart for his snooping. Turns out the kidnapping Duffy’s dad was investigating was of Zoe’s grandmother.
Night Force #2 of 7, the verdict: A very interesting issue. I really loved it. Things are very confusing and mysterious at first, but everything starts to become clear as Duffy spills. Winters is still crazy as ever. I wonder if we’ll ever see why he’s so important or all-knowing. He reminds me of Dr. Strange, and I suddenly really hope he’s that awesome. The interior work by Mandrake is still hit-or-miss for me…with some panels and pages looking REALLY great, and some unnoticeable. And another outstanding, stylish cover from Manco. I’m excited to see where this all goes, and how - if at all - this will fit into the rest of the DCnU. Is this Earth-2 we’re viewing?
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