Saturday, June 27, 2009

Preview: Witchblade #128

One of the highlights - if not the highlight - of the forthcoming new comic releases will be Witchblade #128 - part 4 of the 6 part War of the Witchblades story arc.

Witchblade is always a great read and I'm particularly enjoying the current War of the Witchblades story arc. Last months issue ended on a great cliff-hanger - Dani has fallen from the roof of a 3 or 4 story building into the alleyway below while Sara lies in a pool of her own blood having been speared by Sabine, who proudly proclaims that Sara is dead.

This months issue comes with a choice of 2 covers: cover A from Stjepan Sejic and variant cover B from Luke Ross (from the Captain America title). Ross's cover features a dramatized pose of Dani holding Sara's lifeless body as other characters look on from the background. I've read that it's a direct homage to the cover of Uncanny X-Men #136 by John Byrne and is similarly inspired I understand by the cover of Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 by George PĂ©rez.

Top Cow have again released a number of preview pages for their forthcoming title - take a look at them courtesy of Broken Frontier, The Flick Cast and Comic Book Resources (who also feature a very nice San Diego Comic Con exclusive cover).

Regular creative team Ron Marz (writer) and Stjepan Sejic (art) are committed to the Witchblade title until issue #150 at the very least, having both already been working on the title for some considerable while and this continuity of creative team goes some way to explain why, in my opinion, there's currently no better monthly read than Witchblade.

Witchblade #128
part 4 of 6
Writen by Ron Marz
Interior art by Stjepan Sejic
Covers by Stjepan Seijic (a), Luke Ross (b)
Published by Top Cow Productions on Wednesday 1 July 2009
Cover Price $2.99