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– by Emmanuel Gomez

As a big fan of the artifacts of the Top Cow Universe, I was every excited when I found out that Witchblade was getting a modern reboot. For those of you who don’t know, the Witchblade is the offspring of two opposing forces in the Top Cow Universe the Darkness and the Angelus. One represents darkness and chaos while the other represents light and order. It usually takes the form of a metal gauntlet that gives it’s host the ability to heal as well as an array of weapons.  One other interesting fact about it is that it’s considered to be a male, which is why it chooses female hosts.

In her first title in 1995 by Marc Silvestri, David Wohl, Brian Haberlin and Michael Turner, the Witchblade chooses Sara Pezzini as her host. She then goes on to investigate a large number of supernatural crimes. She has crossed over with many other titles including Spawn, Tomb Raider and Red Sonja. Starting last month it is now up to Caitlin Kittredge to continue the legacy of this great character, accompanied by the art of Roberta Ingranata and colors by Bryan Valenza.

The book follows Alexandra the latest host for the Witchblade. The second issue starts out with Alexandra giving a statement following the death of Detective Groves from the first issue. One thing I really like about her character is her drive to investigate and solve a mystery. This is evident by the fact that she doesn’t even hesitate to enter a strip club full of police officers and gangsters to get the answers she is looking for. Although we have seen glimpses of the Witchblade, by the end of the issue it seems like Alexandra is finally ready to accept her new powers.

The first two issues have done a fantastic job at setting up Alexandra’s character. Kittredge has done a great job and giving us a look at Alexandra’s personality as she struggles to accept her new partnership with the Witchblade. I hope that in next months issue we get to explore the Witchblade a little bit more as I have been a bit concerned as how the it has manifested itself in the first two issues. With the original Witchblade from the 90’s costume design being a product of it’s time, I am looking forward to see how this creative team brings the Witchblade armor to modern times.

Having read so much Witchblade, I must admit that I have been a bit impatient with the pacing of the book because I am accustomed to a lot of action. But I have a feeling that the book will pick up in the next few issues. These first two issues are a great jumping on point for new Witchblade readers. This will also help to get everyone ready for the return of The Darkness later this year. Check out some preview pages below! Let us know what you think.

Top Cow Productions Inc.’s Witchblade #2 is available now at comic book shops everywhere.

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