The baron is back in this seven-part mini-series and while he's changed physically since we saw him last - he's gone from sinister to almost sexy - he's recognisably the same guy. Still manipulating unwitting pawns for the greater good, giving them only the information that serves his purposes, and if they get killed along the way, well, these things happen.
In this debut by Marv Wolfman and Tom Mandrake, Winters brings in two new members for his ever-changing 'Night Force', cop Jim Duffy and student Zoe Davis. Duffy is beginning his last day on the force whereas Zoe has just survived a murderous attack. Soon the pair are knee deep in shadowy demons, dodgy federal agents and mystical conspiracies (click on image to enlarge).
Sure, the tropes are familiar - a girl who dreams of devil worshippers; a cop who's braver than he knows; a man who knows much, but says little; a house of secrets and mystery - but they're blended into an intriguing mystery with such style and confidence that Night Force reads as fresh as any of DC's New 52 series.
Credit, too, to colourist Wes Hartman, who knows when to apply bright tones without wrecking the mood, and letterer Wes Abbott, whose urgent style recalls Tomb of Dracula letterer John Costanza.
Hartman also colours Leonardo Manco's cover, a beautifully composed and executed piece of work marred by the linewide We Can Be Heroes banner forcing the sharp new logo too far down into the image area.
Never mind, this remains a fine package for just $2.99. Plotted with Byzantine skill, drawn with sinister grace, Night Force deserves to be sampled by all fans of horror comics.