Saturday, March 21, 2009

War of the Witchblade Begins Now.

Witchblade #125
From: Top Cow
Writer: Ron Marz
Art: Stjepan Sejic
Covers: Chris Bachalo, Stjepan Sejic

For more than a year now, the Witchblade has been split between two bearers, NYPD Detective Sara Pezzini and aspiring dancer/Police Captain's daughter Danielle Baptiste. They have coexisted peacefully, becoming almost like sisters, however Witchblade #125 is the beginning of the end. Starting with this issue, the six-part “War of the Witchblades” arc will change Sara, Dani and the Witchblade forever. Sara has been Dani’s friend and mentor, but now she becomes her bitter enemy. By the end of the storyline, only one bearer will remain.

Once again, I am floored with Sejic's art style. His attention to detail and overall presentation is just immaculate. Ron Marz's run on Witchblade continues to be one of my favorite run in comics and this upcoming arc looks to be one of the big events of the year. If you haven't been reading, this is a good place to start to see what you've been missing. There's even a sort of "Previously in Witchblade" note that catches you up on things. More comics today desperately need things like that.

Though I have to advise you, readers. There is not a whole lot of action and fighting scenes going on in this one, but the set up has been planted. There is a lot going on though: Sarah visits her sister in jail, Dani may have had an epiphany, and Patrick Gleason is trying to figure out his place in all of this. Oh, and of course the Angelus and the Curator are around to do their mystical business.

There is also a backup story written by Rob Levin and art by Marco Castellio which serves more of a quasi-backstory for Patrick's Character. Though it only leaves more questions and more mysteries to be solved. That's a good thing, trust me. Witchblade #125 hits stores on March 18th.

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