The Wednesday Run – October 19, 2011

I’ve been writing this regularly appearing “Wednesday Run” column for nearly a year now and this is the first time I’ve ever recommended something…again!

Yeah, it’s kinda weird, this duplication, but hear me out.

Night Force
Written by: Marv Wolfman
Illustrated by: Gene Colan and Bob Smith
Published by: DC Comics

Back on April 27th of this year, DC Comics released a soft cover compilation of the first four issues of Night Force – a supernatural thriller published back in 1982. Night Force told the story of Baron Winter, one of the more mystical characters of the DC Universe, putting together a team of other, similarly inclined characters, to do battle against weird, dark, occult forces that inhabit our world. Joining him was the granddaughter of Dracula’s greatest foe, a powerful parapsychologist and a time-lost warrior from the court of King David.

Perhaps there was more interest in the title than originally thought.

For the thirtieth anniversary of the series, the company is now publishing a hardcover compilation of the entire fourteen issues run of the title for the first time – 352 pages of absolute artistic splendour!

Gene Colan fans, everywhere, rejoice!

One of the preeminent artists in the history of the comic book art form, Colan passed away earlier this year, leaving behind a rich legacy of artistic layouts and characterizations of a multitude of well-loved comic book characters. His art is easily distinguishable by his loose, free-flowing and animated pencil work that always had a cinema noir quality to them. And Night Force is replete with his work!

Night Force is great, early evening, October reading – especially as we move closer and closer to Halloween. Make your Wednesday run and pick up the handsome tome. Enjoy the mystical, arcane battle between good and evil and rejoice in the art that is the legendary Gene Colan!

Every Wednesday, JP makes the after-work run to his local downtown comic book shop. Comics arrive on Wednesdays you see and JP, fearful that the latest issue will sell out, rushes out to purchase his copy. This regular, weekly column will highlight a particularly interesting release, written in short order, of course, because JP has to get his – before someone else does!

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