Review – Witchblade #172 (Image)

Witchblade_172-1Publisher: Image Comics
Writer: Ron Marz
Artist: Laura Braga
Release Date: 29th January 2014

We join Witchblade (which for the uninitiated is an artifcat/entity destined to keep balance between the forces of the Darkness and the light, called the Angelus) in the middle of a rather epic arc which sees the longtime wielder of the artifact Sara Pezzini giving it up in the attempt to lead a normal life.

Yeah… that’s not gonna happen.

First up, let me say that this book is GORGEOUS, from the vivid contrast and detail of the cover to the stark, almost sepia-toned hospital scenes, with the disparity in tone offering a clear difference between events of the moment and those which are in flashback

Plot wise, this issue is made up of flashbacks to earlier in this arc – this issue being the third part of the ‘Borne Again’ storyline – and maybe two minutes of actual action in a hospital room composing this month’s offering. That might sound like not much, but it fills it’s pages to the brim and the two minutes or so of present day action are plenty weighty as a major plot element is introduced which looks set to send Sara & The Witchblade off in a whole new direction and, to me, smacks of a crossover event with the parent title in the near future.

As usual from this lineage of comics, we’ve got murder, supernatural madness, threats from ethereal beings and a fair amount of moral murkiness to go along with the beautifully gothic artwork.

It’s a bit of a jump to get into if you’re not already down with the Darkness/Witchblade canon, but this should light any devotees of the series up like a Christmas tree.

Rating: 3/5.

The writer of this piece was: Chris Napier
You can also find Chris on Twitter.

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