Writer: Ron Marz
Artists: Adriana Melo, Annette Kwok (colours)
Publisher: Image Comics/Top Cow
As I stated in my review of the previous issue, with the advent of this New Year there is a new dawn in the saga of the Witchblade, one that at its simplest is a change of hands and at its most complex a whole new ball game, for in this issue Detective Sara Pezzini having wielded the Ďblade for, well, the better part of the three digit plus run of this series, finally, for now anyway, gives it up, handing it over (sorry, canít help with the puns) to newcomer, Danielle Baptiste.
Starting off with a dream which gets played in reality before the issue is over, this issue shows Danielle getting her first feel of the Witchblade and all that comes along with it. However, before she can gets her hands on (okay, this is the last one) the Ďblade Danielle has a run in with some rather weird (in her eyes) characters, including that infuriating (again, in her eyes) woman she ran into, literally, sometime back. As for Sara herself, when not looking all hot ní sexy with her spaghetti strap top, disrupting her colleague and now boyfriend, Patrick Gleasonís breakfast, Sara is ruminating over the choice that she thinks about and finally makes before the issue is over. Still a mystery of its own, her pregnancy is a major factor in this decision.
When they finally do meet, itís only thanks to Patrickís timely and proven people friendly negotiating skills that the two, Sara and Danielle, donít get on with an all out honest to god catfight. However, there is an exchange, first of a few choice words and then leading up to the final page ripping, of the Witchblade.
Already a fan of Adriana Meloís artwork, I thought this issue was an exceptionally impressive one artwise, both for my juvenile, perpetually horny side as for my more mature side which enjoyed seeing the female (and male) form being done well in way that although accentuates it, does not come across as a glorified, and many times tawdry, chesscake. With each passing issue Adriana seems to grow even more comfortable with the characters as also the grandeur that the Witchblade seems to require and flourish in.
Conclusion: Compared to the "hit over the head" baton change that has taken place with quite a few other characters recently (hereís looking at you DC), the change of the guard in Witchblade comes across as not only more organic but also one that leaves just enough suspense about the longevity of this particular change.
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