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Witchblade #124

Posted: Saturday, February 7, 2009
By: Ray Tate

Ron Marz
Stjepan Sejic
Top Cow
Last issue Sara defeated a spectral horror that was decimating an orthodox Jewish population in New York. Dani confronted the abuser and would-be pimp of one of her dancing students.

I must sound like a skipping CD by now. Stjepan Sejic's artwork makes Witchblade a joy to absorb. In this issue, the tone of the story becomes darker, and Sejic casts Sara Pezzini and Danielle Baptiste in the constant glow of rain excited by lightning. Weather reflecting the character's mood is an old trick, but it's a good one. In the hands of a masterful artist, it never loses its potency. Sejic is such a master.

There's an outstanding moment among the uniform extraordinary artwork where Sejic displays Sara and Dani in full Witchblade armor, complimented by insectoid wings, that makes them look like alien angels descending upon the earth. In addition, Sejic generates between them believable emotional cues to their expressions and body language that enhances the drama of a potential split.

In addition to Sejic's illustrious artwork, Ron Marz crafts possibly the best script of his life. It's original. It fully utilizes the characters. It connects two apparent separate plots that have been running through the past few issues, and it serves as the plausible wedge that outside forces intend to use to break Dani and Sara apart. They are linked by the Witchblade not by love.

You also cannot help contrast the subtlety in the way the L word is dealt with in Witchblade to the blunt force of this week’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Dani's student kissed her. Marz however does not dwell on the kiss. He does not mention the kiss capriciously. That kiss in Sara's cop mind complicates matters and may serve as an underling explanation for the actions Dani undertook that led Sara to her predicament.

This issue of Witchblade provides a satisfying conclusion, and actually intrigues me enough to check out the storyarc that's about to be woven. This is the issue that has impelled me to add the title to my pull list.



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