By Night #2
Publisher: Boom! Box
By Night is the second issue in a new series by Boom! Box. It’s only intended to run for 12 issues, which is a bit of a shame really. I wasn’t super convinced about the last issue, since the pace was moving along so rapidly. However, I feel like I really started getting into the plot this time around.
In the last issue Jane and Heather found a portal and naturally they couldn’t resist jumping straight into it. Okay, there’s a bit more to it than that, but you get the gist of it. This issue shows us their magical shockingly quick adventure.
What’s interesting is the two different takaways the characters had. Jane wants to handle everything scientifically. First she wants to prove that she’s not crazy, and that means proving that this place exists. Then she wants to film it, take samples from it, and so on and so forth.
Heather on the other hand sees this whole thing as a grand adventure. She also may or may not see this as an opportunity to get her hands on some cash that has yet to be proven one way or the other. Still, considering her prospects so far, it’d be hard to blame her for that.
The creature they met in the other world is an interesting one, though I do think calling him the Jar Jar Binks of the world was both accurate and inaccurate at the same time – depending mostly on which theory you support about the Star Wars character.
The highlight of the issue? It had to be the Winky reference. It’s not often you get to see people in comics mentioning Winky the house elf from the world of Harry Potter, so credit must be given where credit is due.
The conclusion of this issue, obviously, leaves us curious and wanting more. What on earth is happening, and why are we suddenly seeing it in another character’s perspective? Okay, the second part is actually obvious – it’s to obfuscate the truth of what is happening while building suspense. And it worked.