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Review – Witchblade #137

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Witchblade #137 COVA stampedTop Cow has been hyping this latest issue of Witchblade due to the return of Necromancer (a character I’ve never heard of).  Most of the issue is from her perspective and is self-contained.  The issue has a purpose, to get this character into continuity, and it achieves that.

“Raise the Dead”, Guest-starring The Necromancer!
Sara Pezzini can gain an important ally in Abby van Alstine, the Necromancer, but only if Sara can keep her alive! Abby’s visit to New York City is interrupted by a demonic attack, and her only chance for survival is entering the world of the Witchblade.

Most of the issue is from Abby’s perspective and does what it can to introduce us to the character and get her right into the thick of things.  As a whole I’m intrigued by the character and where she may go, and the issue is entertaining.

It has the usual fights and action, and it’s nice to see something not centered around Pezzini.  There’s a goal here and the issue achieves that.  It introduces us to a character and fleshes out her background, gives us some openness for future story lines.

In the end, it’s an entertaining issue, that achieves what it needs to in a self-contained issue.

Plot: Ron Marz had a mission here and he achieves it by reintroducing a character and giving us a story that new and old fans can understand and enjoy.  In 32 pages that’s a tough task, and he pulls it off.  Rating: 7.75

Art: I really like Stjepan Sejic‘s art here.  His painted style gives up a bit of detail, and in this instance it works really well with some very cool scenes and some great character design.  Sejic’s art is unique and not something you see anywhere else on the market.  Top notch work as usual.  Rating: 8

Overall: As usual, Top Cow, Marz and Sejic has put out a solid product.  It’s a company that you can expect solid and entertaining stories and beautiful art.  This was definitely an entertaining read and worth checking out.  Overall rating: 7.75

Recommendation: Read

Page count: 32 pages    Price: $2.99    Release Date: 8/11/2010

Top Cow provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.