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Featured Review: @TopCow Witchblade #170 @ImageComics @RonMarz @Marc_Silvestri


Witchblade #170

RON MARZ RETURNS TO WITCHBLADE!

Sara Pezzini has been a cop, a mother, a girlfriend, and a private investigator. She is none of those things anymore. The only thing tying Sara to her past and preventing her from forging a new chapter in life is the Witchblade. But with everything else gone, who will Sara Pezzini be if she gives up the Witchblade?




Preview





Review


See the Review Rating Overview page for more information on how I rate each comic


Cover & Solicit 5/5


We get a beautiful cover drawn by Marc Silvestri (Cyber Force, X-Men, and The Darkness) and  Sunny Gho (Artifacts, and The Savage Hawkman) featuring Witchblade being strung up on the letter "W". The cover an homage to Silvestri's cover art to Uncanny X-Men #251, and relates to the first few pages of this issue that you can see in the preview.

Art, Colors & Inking 4/5


This issues art was done by Laura Braga (Cyber Force). The art in this issue pretty good, and I have nothing really to complain about. The colors for the issue were provided by Betsy Gonia (production on Cyber Force, Think Tank, Bushido). These two newcomers for Top Cow work great together and bring life to this book.

Layout & Flow 5/5


I haven't read any recent Witchblade issues, I'd have to say the last time I picked up a Witchblade book was the late 90's. I did read Artifacts and The Darkness recently so I thought it'd be time to get back in check, and with this issue being a new start of sorts I'm glad I did. I do know a bit about Sara Pezzini to include watching the Wichblade Anime. One thing that Marvel has always done, and I hope is something Top Cow continues to do it have the recap at the beginning of the issue, as it's a nice way to get some info on the series. The issue itself  did a good job of being new reader friendly, introducing us to some recent events and giving a little background. If each issue does this it's a good way to get new readers involved without having to read every back issue or crossover involving the Witchbade.

Story 5/5


The issue is the return of Ron Marz (Green Lantern, Artifacts, and Silver Surfer) who's last issue was 150. As always he does an excellent job telling the story, and rightfully so as he is probably one of the most influential individuals when it comes to Witchblade lore. This issue starts with Sara as a small town sherrif investigating the third body in just the past few weeks. The scene of the beheading is all to familiar to Sara as it reminds her of the beheading of Jackie Estacado (The Darkness). We then get a nice flashback of two years ago, and get some insight into Sara and what appears to be her loosing control over the Witchblade. She even seeks out Magdalena (Patience) to find a way to get rid of it. The final pages are a great lead in to the next issue, not to give too much away, I'll just say it looks like something "Witchblade" was involved. I really with it was already November because now I"m hooked and I want to read the next issue. It's writing like this that makes you want to go out and pick up the next issue. I definitely recommend adding this issue to your Pull-List

Verdict 4.7 (Pre-Order Witchblade #170) SAVE 20%


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