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Writer Marv Wolfman knows how to tell a complicated horror story, gradually revealing details in each issue while keeping things moving, and adding enough surprises and even shocks along the way to create a rich atmosphere. In these issues we find out a lot more about the women who have been unsuspectingly used as breeding stock for a strange yet well-organized group of shadowy beings, and we learn some frightful things about those beings as well, though not yet what their plans will lead to. Baron Winter’s activities are almost a side plot for a while, but come back to center stage at the end of issue 4. Like a good horror novel, I want to know more, yet am afraid of what I’ll learn next!
The art by Tom Mandrake keeps getting better with each issue, as if he’s flexing his artistic muscles, taking more chances, and getting inspired by the story to reach for new horrors as well as fine character moments. (Unfortunately I can’t use the most impressive pages here without giving things away.) I’m liking this series a lot!