Title: Witchblade #131
Publisher Website: Top Cow
Writer: Ron Marz
Pencils: Stjepan Sejic
Inks / Colors: Stjepan Sejic
Number of pages: 32
Safety Content Label: T+ TEENS AND UP - Appropriate for most readers 13 and up, parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.
Publishers Blurb: A new status quo begins here! Emerging from the ashes of “War of the Witchblades”, the new Witchblade bearer must struggle to adjust to her new responsibility with the reunified gauntlet. But will the gauntlet allow her a moment of respite in the wake of war and loss? Featuring a cover by regular artist Sejic and two additional variant covers by Chris Bachalo (Amazing Spider-Man) and newcomer John Tyler Christopher!
Reviewer Comments: If you've ever wanted to try the Witchblade series, issue 131 is the perfect jumping on point. Normally, people will say that when a new story arc starts or maybe when a new writer comes on board for a series, but very few of those moments compare to this complete recap of the Witchblade universe. Admittedly, there isn’t a lot that actually happens in this story as far is action is concerned, but the characters get to shine through and give readers a chance to care. There are some tender moments in the main character’s family as well as a Wolverine-like “contain the beast within” kind of moment.
The art of this issue uses a painted look and works well for the most part. Any action scene or depiction of the title character and Angelus are absolutely gorgeous. Stjepan Sejic has a real gift for portraying intricate textures and details on these fantasy elements of the book. The art struggles a little, however, when it comes to portraying the quiet moments. People just talking or perhaps hugging look a little stiff and can even appear like wax mannequins in some of the panels. I’m a big fan of painted works, but many artists seem to struggle in vividly portraying both the real world and the fantastic world.
Top Cow seems very committed to gaining readers and keeping readers during this tough economic time. In fact, some stores are actually giving this issue away for free as part of a year-long campaign that they are running. Check to see if a store near you is giving this issue away at www.topcow.com/freecomics.