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Graphic Novel Review

Top Cow's Witchblade 1: Witch Hunt
I'm a detective, no I'm a dancer.

Graphic Novel Review , 26 January 2009 by Eilonvi

Sarah Pezzini is a New Yorker detective. Though extremely beautiful, Sarah is more than just your average perfect girl. Sarah is the bearer of a power artifact, called the witchblade. The witchblade makes Sarah a superhero. Next to Sarah, we have two handsome male detectives; one of them is dark and tall - detective Patrick Gleason; the other one is fair and tall - detective Jake McCarthy. Wait, don't go yet. There's more. Count in one mysterious old shop keeper, which surprisingly (or not) lives in an old Chinese antique shop. Consider several corrupt priests, who intend to bring forth one red beast from a different dimension. Finally, add a small-scale apocalypse, which will only destroy the world you grew to know and love. I think we've accumulated a large enough number of cliches.

In this first volume of the renewed witchblade series, Sarah falls into a coma after being attacked by an unknown someone or something. Luckily, she has the witchblade, to heal her. She wakes up, to find Jake and Patrick willing and ready to help her unveil the mysteries of the witchblade. Now the trio has only to prevent the upcoming apocalypse we had discussed earlier, and save the world. Without going into to much details, *spoiler alert* I liked how the volume ended in a visually similar way as it started.

In the history of Top Cow's universe, the witchblade is an ancient piece of jewelry that has been borne by a long line of other powerful women before Sarah. When things get rough, it takes hold of her, growing around her body like a symbiotic-spiky-plant-armor, through which she wields great power. From What I gather, This is an introductory volume, later on Sarah will be joined by an equally beautiful trained dancer, which also carries the witchblade! This volume is visited by another Top Cow's universe character, The Magdalena.

The art work in this volume is impressive and very polished; a lot of square chin guys, and amazingly hot women, modernly colored and enhanced by computer graphics. The script is fast and sharp, well befits our New York detectives.

Annoyingly enough, the volume I have purchased completely fell apart, though it had the nice glossy paper.

I sometimes fall for the pretty pictures and superhero stuff, but it is not my cup of tea lately. If you like the action-superhero comics genre, then go ahead and pick this one up, if you're looking for something else, then you can skip it.

Witchblade 1: Witch Hunt
Witchblade 1: Witch Hunt
Comics Info

A review of Witchblade volume 1, which collects issues 80-85.
Published: January 2008
Language: English
Publisher: Top Cow
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Pages: 150
Writer: Ron Marz
Penciller: Mike Choi
Inker: Sal Regla, Joe Weems, Mat "Batt" Banning
Colorist: Brian Buccellato
Letterer: Robin Sephar, Dennis Heisler, Troy Peteri
Cover: Greg Land, Jay Leisten, Justin Ponsor, Frank Cho, Laura Martin, Mike Choi, Brian Buccellato, Sonia Onack, Joe Weems, Brian Buccellato

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