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Review: Witchblade #124

Posted by Sarah LeBoeuf On February - 3 - 2009

The War of the Witchblades is about to begin. Get on board right now. Hit the jump for a review of Witchblade #124.

Witchblade #124
Writer: Ron Marz

Artist: Stjepan Sejic
Cover Artist: Stjepan Sejic

First of all, Ron Marz and Stjepan Sejic should be enough to sell you on this issue by now. Come on, guys, I’ve been talking about this amazing team for months! Once again, the two of them do not disappoint. Witchblade #124 is a pivotal issue, as it closes up the previous Crown Heights murder storyline while ripping open a new can of worms. What will happen when Sara and Dani, the co-bearers of the Witchblade, turn from friends to enemies? And what caused this rift in the first place? You need to read this issue if you want to know.

While the ending of the Crown Heights arc seems almost glossed over a bit too easily, Ron Marz does a fantastic job of pacing this issue and moving everything along smoothly so that the next storyline can begin. There are a lot of forces at work here: the pressure Sara feels to solve a case, which she can’t do without exposing herself; the internal struggle that occurs within her when she solves her problem by using Dani’s; and then, as is often the case, her feelings erupt in an epic argument, which appears to be the start of something much larger. With two bearers of the Witchblade, you know it’s not just a simple catfight.

Sejic has outdone himself with some particularly fantastic artwork in this issue. I really love that his style is like no other that I see in comics these days. I especially enjoyed the lightning-streaked, rain-soaked climax, in which we see Sara and Dani go their separate ways. I really want to know what’s going to happen when they meet again. I’m guessing that it won’t be pretty.

One of the best things about this issue is that it’s a great jumping-on spot for new readers, or those who haven’t tuned into the series in a while. In fact, I recommend that you do just that. I’ve seen this series come a long way since I started reading it again last year, and it’s become one of my monthly must-reads. Be sure to give it a read when it hits comic shops tomorrow.


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