Review – Witchblade: Due Process


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Witchblade: Due Process #1 COVA_stampedWitchblade: Due Process is a one shot that I went into with a lot of high hopes (maybe too high).  The premise was very promising.  Sara Pezzini has to deal with a person she wrongly sent to jail.  Of course there’s a “super power” element to it, with the person in question having made a deal with a possibly evil presence.

Sara has to make amends with an innocent man she sent to prison.

Before young Sara Pezzini was called to bear the Witchblade she made a horrible mistake that destroyed a man’s life. Today that man is being released from prison and has to put the pieces of his life back together. In order to protect his family, this desperate father made a deal with demonic forces, and now it is time to pay. When Sara tries to reach out and make her past wrong right, she’s confronted by demonic forces. The stakes: a man’s very soul.

I was expecting a pretty deep introspective look at Pezzini and her actions and how she’s dealing with her actions.  At the same time I’d also expect a look at the person wrongly jailed.  We get that a bit, but interestingly the size of the issue actually works against it.  This one shot would of benefited as a lengthier graphic novel or a three issue mini-series.

The issue is good and entertaining, but it doesn’t get as deep as I’d hope.  The “super power” aspect of it (I can’t think of a better description) opened up such an interesting aspect to the various characters (I don’t want to ruin it) and then there’s the relationship between Pezzini and the jailed.  We don’t quite get it as much as I’d of hoped.

It’s an interesting read, but definitely could of gained from being longer in a different format.

Plot: Written by Phil Smith, he does a lot in a limited space.  There’s Pezzini, the jailed, his demon, his family and the brotherhood he becomes a part of.  Any of these aspects could be an entire arc in a comic book.  I like what’s set up and for the most part the execution.  I hope we can see everything a bit more fleshed out in a future story arc.  Rating: 7.5

Art: I also liked the art by Alina Urusov.  It’s great to look at with some very cool scenes at certain points.  My only issue is that the art seems to run into an issue I see more often in comics in the dark colors making it difficult to make out what’s going on.  I have no idea if this is me, the fact I’m reading it on an iPad or the art itself.  It’s really solid though and well worth being checked out.  Rating: 7.75

Overall: I liked the issue, my biggest complaint is I wanted to read more.  There’s a lot of fantastic issues, but being compressed in a one shot didn’t do it justice.  Who can I hit up to see an extended version?  Overall rating: 7.75

Recommendation: Read

Page count: 32 pages    Price: $3.99    Release Date: 8/18/2010

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