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Review: Witchblade #119

Posted by Luke Brown On July - 9 - 2008

A new storyline kicks off in this week’s Witchblade, and we’ve got an advance review/preview for you guys. Hit the jump to see just what Ron Marz and Stjepan Sejic have to do with this green-eyed vixen.

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Witchblade #119
Writer: Ron Marz
Artist: Stjepan Sejic
Cover: Sejic, Luke Ross

Billed as the crossover nobody saw coming, this seemingly stand-alone issue of Witchblade is pretty darn good. To me, it’s always a good thing to have a stand-alone issue in between arcs. It helps invite new readers, as well as giving the creative team some room to try out different approaches in storytelling. While flashbacks as a story device are anything but new, having this story unfold through an internal affairs investigation ended up making this a fun read.

We’re introduced immediately to the strange, green-haired woman as she tears through the city streets on an oil tanker, with Witchblade bearer, Sara Pezzini, clinging to the side. Comic readers may recognize the green-haired villain as Aphrodite IX, but Marz has said this is actually Aphrodite IV. It’s not something you need to know to enjoy this tale, but it is cool to see the character originally created by David Finch getting some more page time these days. Sejic has a great look for action scenes. He can convey fluidity of movement more than most artists who fully paint their work. He loses the finer details some of you may have becom accustomed to seeing in today’s pages, but that’s because his work isn’t over rendered.

When it comes down to the interrogation scenes, Marz calls for panels that draw you in to the dialogue. Sejic is deft at handling quieter moments as well, and it serves Marz well. If you’re working with an artist who can’t do taking heads across many pages, the reader can be taken right out of the story, no matter how well written it is. It would be a shame to lose the impact of Marz’s writing, but luckily that doesn’t happen. He’s not reinventing the police procedural here, but Marz knows how to craft the scene, and he does it well.

As the story unfolds, we’re treated to more action scenes which Sejic nails. Marz manages to sneak a few twists in, and when it’s all said and done, you’re left with a nice little issue. If you haven’t been reading Witchblade, or you’re looking to try something new, this is definitely a great jumping on point. I’m curious to see where they’re planning to take things, and the more I see of Sejic’s artwork, the more I’m convinced he’ll be a big name one day.

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