Yesterday, we gave you a preview of Witchblade #123, promising you a full review. The issue hits comic shops today, so hit the jump to find out whether or not to add it to your buy pile.
Writer: Ron Marz
Artist: Stjepan Sejic
Cover Artist: Stjepan Sejic
It’s gotten to the point now where I see the names Ron Marz and Stjepan Sejic on the cover of an issue, and I just smile. It’s an involuntary thing, but it’s not hard to understand why. Like I’ve said time and time again, the two of them make a fantastic team on this series, and I can’t (and don’t want to) imagine Sara Pezzini and company in the hands of anyone else.
Witchblade #123 continues the Crown Heights murder mystery from the last two issues. Sara is still trying to find out what’s behind the brutal killings, both as a police officer and as the bearer of the Witchblade. Now that it is apparent that supernatural forces are involved, it’s clear that the badge isn’t going to be enough to solve this case. Unfortunately, she is still being tailed by a nosy reporter who can’t seem to learn her lesson. Oh yeah, and elsewhere, Dani is dealing with a strange case of domestic disturbance, though I’m not really sure where that storyline is going at the moment. Nonetheless, the Crown Heights case has been interesting from the start, and this issue really lets Sara unleash her power. It’s been awhile since we’ve seen her without a boyfriend or baby around, but this time she’s on her own. Luckily, she can hold her own.
What can I say about Sejic’s art that I haven’t already said repeatedly? I don’t just love his artwork because it’s aesthetically pleasing (which is is); there’s just so much more to his style. Little touches, like a bit of the Witchblade sticking out from under Sara’s jacket during the day, or the agonizing look on Gretch’s face reflected in her computer as she tries to make a really hard decision, just make his work even more enjoyable.
This story arc is not over yet, and I’m still looking forward to seeing how it wraps up. I feel like the wait between issues is so long, and then I read them so quickly that it almost doesn’t seem fair. I guess that’s the mark of a good comic, though. I must say, Witchblade has proven itself to be a consistently good series, and really revived my interest over the last year. I just wish the next issue was here already.