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Interview: Ande Parks on WITCHBLADE: DEMON REBORN Plus Exclusive Art

The writer talks about a demon's rematch with Sara Pezzini plus the burden she carries with the Witchblade in a return to the story by Mark Millar and Jae Lee.

Back in 2003, Mark Millar and Jae Lee teamed up to have Sara Pezzini and the Witchblade square off against a serial killer who believed he was a demon from Hell in WITCHBLADE: DEMON. The battle ended with the killer actually being sentenced to Hell. Now he's back.

Ande Parks and Jose Luis (with Jae Lee on covers) are continuing the story set one year later. We asked Ande some questions about this story and also scored an exclusive first look at some of the interior pages.

Comic Vine: WITCHBLADE: DEMON came out in 2003, is DEMON REBORN meant to be a year later (in comic book time)?

Ande Parks: Yes. The Demon character has been in hell for about a year as our story opens. It may feel like it's been a thousand years of torment to the Demon himself, but it's been just one year of time in Sara Pezzini's world.

CV: If so, does that mean this is the Witchblade/Sara Pezzini from before Top Cow's REBIRTH?

AP: Yes. When I started to develop this series, I just had to grab a snapshot of Sara's life and cling to it. She's still in New York. Hope is a baby, etc.

CV: Will the story and action focus more on Witchblade and less on her personal life to avoid dating the story?

AP: Not really. It's a pretty personal story that deals with Sara trying to hold her life together. It's true that Sara's life is different in the Witchblade book now… that we're dealing with another part of her life, but we're also dealing with what I see as fundamental truths of the character. Her inherent values and struggles don't change.

== TEASER ==

CV: Did you pitch the idea to continue the Mark Millar/Jae Lee story or were you approached to do it?

AP: Nick Barrucci at Dynamite approached me with the idea, and I pitched a sequel based on his basic premise of bringing back the Demon character. To be honest, I hadn't read the original book before Nick asked me about the job and then sent me the Millar/Lee comic. There was a lot of meat there. I immediately thought that, before we brought the Demon back to earth, we should introduce him to the genuine demons of hell. So, we get to that in our first issue. Our serial killer bad guy is, it turns out, actually something of a novice when it comes to inflicting real torment.

CV: With Witchblade dealing with a demon from Hell, does that mean the action is going to get insanely intense?

AP: Yeah. We've got demons, ghosts, gruesome serial killings and the pits of hell itself. Things get pretty rough. That was part of the appeal of the project for me. I love writing grounded drama in the LONE RANGER book. I love writing contemporary action in GREEN HORNET. This Witchblade/Demon project, though, really let me cut loose a bit. Adding the supernatural elements opens the whole thing up. I'm trying to take full advantage.

CV: The press release for this announcement mentioned exploring the "burden" of the Witchblade on Sara. What exactly do have in mind for that?

AP: I think there are parts of hosting the Witchblade that Sara enjoys. It gives her the ability to keep some very bad people from harming good people. I also think the Witchblade makes things more challenging for her. Along with the Demon, our story features another villain: a monster who has horribly violated a young woman. The Witchblade gave Sara the power to track this guy down. It also gave her the power to kill him easily. She resisted that urge because she's a police officer who is supposed to do things the "right" way. In our story, Sara is having a very hard time believing that sparing that monstrous criminal was a good idea. That places a strain on her relationship with her husband/partner, Gleason.

I also think living with the Witchblade power makes it tougher for Sara to relate to the people she loves. She is not like anyone else in her life. She carries this unique force around with her. Our story amps all that up. The Demon knows what Sara is, and he will do everything he can to exploit that knowledge in his quest for revenge against Sara- the woman who sent him to hell.

WITCHBLADE: DEMON REBORN is on sale in July. Let your local retailer know you're interested. And check out this exclusive first look at the interior pages.

12 Comments
Posted by NightFang

That's awesome.

Posted by ReVamp

I've been turned off from Top Cow since Artifacts 13 or 14. Completely.

Posted by Nuec_Sol

Looking forward to it, and last I heard the original Demon One-Shot will be added the the first issue.

Posted by Inverno

Jae Lee is the king.

Posted by Crimsonlord53

Looks interesting.

Posted by doomsilver

Whoever does that art is awesome.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Gotta love Jae Lee, both on pencils and the cover. Amazing.

Posted by KidSupreme

looks really interesting

Posted by movieartman

seeing that pezzini is still with gleason and still has hope, this takes place before the reboot. and why dude? artifacts sense the reboot has been nothing less than Supurb, Witchblade................... has been Meh!, i dont read darkness, but seriously if you where a fan of the top cow verse before the reboot i extremly suggest you pic up the artifacts issues that have come out sense the reboot

Posted by Gothartica

I was a huge fan of Witchblade but sadly not so much anymore....boring stories and if I had my way Stjepan Sejic would still be doing the art.....he does amazing work and it was because of his artwork that got my attention towards the Witchblade series and from there I was a fan! I will have a look at this but am not expecting too much. They have failed to bring this character to the forefront, which I feel has been a massive waste of a great character(s). There are so many of us that are looking for some of these awesome characters from way back that have just been left to the wayside to linger and die. So much more could be done and yet much of the resources and marketing and money are spent on the good ol' reliable Spiderman, Superman, Bateman and Xmen....lets bring back some of the greats and not just for a small scene in a movie!!! There are alot of really fantastic comic artists, get it moving folks!....there is no reason in this day and age of the comic book movie success to not do it!!!

Posted by daredevil21134

God,I hate Gleason

Posted by mdisinger

I'll be so happy to see this series on TV again, the character is unique as the comic the fantasy around and so mystical