Written by Ron Marz
Art by Stjepan Sejic
Published by Top Cow
In this field of comic book-related journalism, I get asked a lot about what would I recommend. Every now and then I get a new reader and they have no idea where to start. They feel overwhelmed about mega-events and seventy years of continuity to bog their way through. I ask what they are gravitated towards. Usually it’s one of two things: Invincible for the super-hero lover, and Fables for the non-spandex type. However, I’m finding myself recommending Witchblade more and more to both those audiences.
I was reintroduced to the character last year because I had dropped that book back in highschool, because it was nothing more than cheesecake and a t’n'a show, and no, I don’t mean Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Believe you me, I was shocked to learn that the series was singing a new tune with a new writer: Ron Marz.
This Summer, Top Cow had the event “War of the Witchblades”, where the two bladebearers, Sara Pezzini and Dani Baptiste, with Sara taken over by the dark side and ready to take the blade for herself. Well, everything is back to normal, and Sara has regained her sanity for the most part.
This issue strays a little from what readers are used to…it’s from the point of view from Sara’s boyfriend and her sister, Julie. We see Sara in the role of cop and supernatural heroine and it just has a classic feel to it that this is the perfect jump on issue for anybody that would be interested. The past events are covered in a single page prologue, and boom! You’re in. I like the fact that Sara has her sister around, she acts like a sort of anchor to her humanity, which she is slowly trying to hold on to after the events of “War of the Witchblades”.
Sejic’s art is breathtaking at times, but he struggles a bit when it comes to the more quaint and quiet moments. Though, when the adrenaline is pumping and the action is on, it’s just top notch.
Top Cow is really stepping up to gather new readers, and this issue for instance, is given away at some comic stores, check to see if your LCS is participating in the give-away and you’ll see what I mean if you pick up this issue. It’s solid supernatual story-telling at its best, and I’m sure you’ll agree.