After last issue’s Dani-heavy storyline, Witchblade #121 puts the focus back on Sara Pezzini. This issue brings Sara and her partner (in more ways than one!) Detective Gleason to Crown Heights in order to investigate the brutal murder of a rabbi in a devout Jewish community. Hit the jump for more.
Writer: Ron Marz
Artist: Stjepan Sejic
Cover Artist: Stjepan Sejic
Witchblade #121 is a little different from recent storylines because we see less of Sara’s supernatural powers, and more of her professional and personal life. We get to see some touching moments between Sara and Patrick at home, but most of the issue has them on the job and on location in Crown Heights, investigating a brutal death in an Orthodox Jewish community. The reason why two officers from Special Cases were called is not quite clear, but it becomes fairly obvious that something bizarre is going on in the tight-knit, extremely religious neighborhood.
This issue serves as a reminder, once again, just how freaking good Ron Marz is at crafting a story. The pacing is perfect, the dialogue is believable, and it’s a perfect start to a new story arc. There’s also a nice counterpoint between the Sara and Patrick storyline, which shows both their personal and professional lives, and nosy reporter Gretch’s tireless crusade to get some dirt on Sara for the front page. While Sara is trying to protect everyone around her, Gretch is doing everything in her power to expose Sara’s supernatural abilities. This is going to make things even harder for Sara in coming issues, if the cliffhanger ending is any indication.
I really couldn’t be happier that Ron Marz is now a Top Cow exclusive writer, since that means we’ll be getting much more from him on Witchblade, hopefully. Ron and Stjepan Sejic, as always, make a stellar team on this issue. I know I keep saying this, but this series is just so consistently good-looking! I’m a big fan of the painted art style, even if it does take longer to do. Once again, this issue has me looking forward to the next–as well as the ending of Broken Trinity!