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Night Force is the name of two comic book series published by DC Comics. The first series, written by Marv Wolfman, and illustrated by Gene Colan began in 1982. The second series began in 1996 was one of four book that made up DC's Weirdoverse group of titles.

The main character of both series was Baron Winters, a sorcerer who would assemble a team of chosen individuals to fight supernatural threats. The Baron himself did not participate in the missions and would manipulate, sometimes unethically, others to do so for him. This was because, for reasons not revealed, he could not leave Wintersgate Manor, the labyrinthine mansion in Washington, D.C., where he lived. The mansion was located in a special juncture of time and space, allowing him to send his team to different places and times.

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Characters

The team had a rotating membership, but notable members included:

  • Vanessa Van Helsing - Granddaughter of Abraham Van Helsing and a powerful psychic.
  • Jack Gold - Vanessa's husband, a reporter.
  • Donovan Caine - A professor of parapsychology who lost an arm and a leg on one of the missions.
  • Zadok Grimm - Apparently, an ancient warrior in the time of King David. He has an unexplained connection to Baron Winters.

Issues

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First Series

  • Night Force Vol. 1 #1 (August 1982): "The Summoning, Ch. 1: Genesis"
  • Night Force Vol. 1 #2 (September 1982): "The Summoning, Ch. 2: The Burning Hand"
  • Night Force Vol. 1 #3 (October 1982): "The Summoning, Ch. 3: Journeys"
  • Night Force Vol. 1 #4 (November 1982): "The Summoning, Ch. 4: Eyes!"
  • Night Force Vol. 1 #5 (December 1982): "The Summoning, Ch. 5: City On the Edge of Hell!"
  • Night Force Vol. 1 #6 (January 1983): "The Summoning, Ch. 6: The Devil Her Due"
  • Night Force Vol. 1 #7 (February 1983): "The Summoning, Ch. 7: Apocalypse!"
  • Night Force Vol. 1 #8 (March 1983): "The Summoning: Epilogue"
  • Night Force Vol. 1 #9 (April 1983): "Beast, Ch. 2: Symbiosis!"
  • Night Force Vol. 1 #10 (May 1983): "Beast!, Ch. 3: The Monster In Us!"
  • Night Force Vol. 1 #11 (June 1983): "Mark of the Beast!!, Ch. 1: Passages!"
  • Night Force Vol. 1 #12 (July 1983): "Mark of the Beast, Ch. 2: ..Greater Than the Sum!"
  • Night Force Vol. 1 #13 (August 1983): "Mark of the Beast, Ch. 3: Past Tense!"
  • Night Force Vol. 1 #14 (September 1983): "The Final Conflict!"

Second Series

  • Night Force Vol. 2 #1 (December 1996): "Millennium, Chapter One: Of Immortal Youth"
  • Night Force Vol. 2 #2 (January 1997): "Millennium, Chapter Two: Time and Eternity"
  • Night Force Vol. 2 #3 (February 1997): "Millennium, Chapter Three: Pilgrims of Eternity"
  • Night Force Vol. 2 #4 (March 1997): "(The) Hell (I Suffer) Seems A Heaven"
  • Night Force Vol. 2 #5 (April 1997): "Dreamers of Dreams, Chapter One: Night With Sleepless Sorrow"
  • Night Force Vol. 2 #6 (May 1997): "Dreamers of Dreams, Chapter Two: The Face Not Seen, The Voice Not Heard"
  • Night Force Vol. 2 #7 (June 1997): "Dreamers of Dreams, Chapter Three: Perchance To Sleep"
  • Night Force Vol. 2 #8 (July 1997): "Convergence, Part 2: Gems"
  • Night Force Vol. 2 #9 (August 1997): [The Eleventh Man]
  • Night Force Vol. 2 #10 (September 1997): "The Eleventh Man, Chapter Two: A Gentleman From Sole to Crown"
  • Night Force Vol. 2 #11 (October 1997): "The Eleventh Man, Chapter Three: The Twelfth Man"
  • Night Force Vol. 2 #12 (November 1997): "The Lady or the Leopard, A Tale of Temporary Farewells"

Other versions

In issue three of the Tangent: Superman's Reign series, a version of Night Force is featured. This group is a mystically-powered branch of the Nightwing organisation, and its members are Hex, Black Orchid, and Wildcat.


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