Barney Betrays The Crew In By Night #6

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Barney has stolen the footage from Jane, and Jane and Heather join forces once again in tracking down Barney. Meanwhile, Barney links up with an old friend, Bo. As it turns out, Barney is in deep debt with a crime lord named Donnie Gabriel. Meanwhile, Gardt and Klay are still trapped on Mt. Eucchurus and things look bleak. However, a hooded figure finds the two before they could perish…yet. Back at Charleswood, a group of kids begin messing around in the compound.

By Night #6 cover by Christine Larsen
By Night #6 cover by Christine Larsen

By Night #6 dives into the personal life and background of Barney. We learn that he has a checkered past that has left him desperate and even traitorous.

We also learn that things may not be so bad after all for Gardt and Klay. I don’t want to spoil too much, but I will say I’m very glad to see those characters stick around.

Heather and Jane seem to have patched things up for the most part, though it may just be out of necessity for Jane so that she can find the stolen footage.

I’m left unsure how to feel about Barney. His betrayal of Jane was great, but he did it out of desperation. He may not be an unforgivable person, but we’ll see how things shake out for the character in the long run.

The scenes with the kids who sneak into Charleswood is a weak section of the comic. It’s an extended joke section, but the jokes don’t land and the dialogue is near indecipherable.

By Night #6 art by Christine Larsen, Sarah Stern, and letterer Jim Campbell
By Night #6 art by Christine Larsen, Sarah Stern, and letterer Jim Campbell

Christine Larsen’s artwork continues to be cute and full of personality. The characters are very expressive, their designs are good, and the Otherworld has a neat aesthetic. Sarah Stern’s color work is wild and well-contrasted, and it adds a lot to the visual profile.

By Night #6 is another solid issue of this series. The dialogue is mostly charming, the story is compelling, and the artwork is still wonderful. This one once again earns a recommendation this month. Feel free to check it out.

By Night #6 comes to us from writer John Allison, artist and cover artist Christine Larsen, color artist and variant cover artist Sarah Stern, and letterer Jim Campbell.

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