A new hero. A hero that has tasted the stench of evil’s
darkness yet has also touched the goodness in men’s hearts. A hero that rewards as well as punishes. A hero that battles street crimes as well as that which
crosses supernatural dimensions.
The hero is NIGHTLINGER and the shadows are his domain. And joining him is his sexy assistant, Myke who keeps Nightlinger embedded in the realm of humanity. From one troubled person to the next the plain black business cards with the gold lettering are passed. "I had a problem like yours once," the donor confesses. "This card got me out of it."
There is only an address on the card, to the Haunted Bookshop in Minneapolis, where a fat man named Stick sits behind the counter. This fat man will patiently listen to your tale of woe, may even ask you a question or two, but in the end all he will do is wish you well, leaving you nothing to do except to go home. Sometimes nothing happens to rectify a problem; more often than not, the predicament is resolved. Permanently. In the latter case a letter appears in your mail requesting a small donation to support the Haunted Bookshop. Most folks are only too happy to comply.
Underneath the streets and sewer-lines of Hull is buried the remains of Universal City, a township that thrived outside frontier Minneapolis over a century ago, most of its Victorian homes and shops where destroyed in a range fire that swept across Minnesota in 1897. The enterprising people of Minneapolis saw the opportunity to expand their borders and annexed Universal City, building right over whatever survived the fire. If you ride one of the select man-lifts down far enough underground it will bring you to the grave that is Universal City, where the sky is made up of rafters and concrete and steam pipes; where empty trolley cars occasionally roll by vacant structures; and where on some nights, lights burn inside the old Universal City library where Feril Nightlinger tinkers, builds, studies and hides away when he wants or desperately needs to be alone. It is down here, it should be mentioned, that those plain black business cards with the gold lettering are printed up.
This edition compiles the two comic issues from Caliber’s Gauntlet line plus a short story as well as two back up stories staring Vanguard.
Art by: Aldin Baroza
Contributions by: Dan Jurgens, Clarke Hawbaker, Christopher
Jones, C.P. Smith