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Witchblade #125 Review/Preview

125th Landmark Anniversary Issue.

I've mentioned before that I'm a fan of Witchblade.  Especially with Marz and Sejic on board.  Things look like they're about to get crazy with Sara's recent disappointment with Dani.  What Sara did for Dani did seem a little out of place and I could see why she'd be pissed.  I am surprised that it's going to result in this "War."

This is the "Landmark" 125th anniversary issue.  Maybe with "War Of The Witchblades" looming, I was prepared for some really kick ass action.  Unfortunately, it didn't really happen...yet.  The seeds are being planted.  I understand we can't have a full blown, knock down fight in the first part.  Reading it a second time, I started seeing different plot twists that may be on the horizon. 

Sara visits her sister Julie again.  Dani may be on the verge of another change in her life.  Gleason tries taking things furter as well.  And let's not forget about the Angelus Warriors and Curator as well.  There's so many things that can and will happen.

I've always enjoyed when Marz writes the "talking" dialogue scenes.  It helps to define the characters in a realistic way.  The conversations between Sara and Julie and between Dani and Finch makes us see them as more than just characters on a piece of paper.  My only problem with this issue is we had more of that than we did fighting.  I'm sure the action coming won't disappoint.  This is a good issue to jump onto if you haven't been reading.  Summaries are usually given in the beginning to remind you what's been going on.  This issue gets a 4 out of 5 from me.  Marz's dialogue is good.  I feel like Dani once again feels like she's either becoming cliche or simply isn't too bright about certain things.  Sejic's art is phenominal as usual.  The backup story written by Rob Levin and drawn by Marco Castiello serves to further add seeds to events that are to come.

Here's the preview.  In stores March 18, 2009.  Lots of covers to choose from:
Witchblade #125
(W) Ron Marz    (A) Stjepan Sejic    (Cov) Chris Bachalo, Stjepan Sejic

One of the longest-running series in comics reaches a milestone: 125 issues and still going strong! There’s no better way to mark this occasion than with the start of the biggest Witchblade story arc ever!

For more than a year now, the Witchblade has been split between two bearers—NYPD Detective Sara Pezzini and dancer Danielle Baptiste—and they have coexisted peacefully. But that’s all about to end.

Beginning in this issue, the six-part “War of the Witchblades” arc will change Sara, Dani and the Witchblade forever. Sara has been Dani’s friend and mentor, but now she becomes her bitter enemy. By the end of the storyline, only ONE bearer will remain.

The critically acclaimed team of writer Ron Marz and artist Stjepan Sejic is joined by cover artist Chris Bachalo (Uncanny X-Men, Amazing Spider-Man), who contributes a two-part cover of Sara and Dani.

Cover A - Chris Bachalo
Cover B- Chris Bachalo
Cover C- Stjepan Sejic

Full Color                       40 pages                     $3.99                 ongoing series



































17 Comments
Posted by pixelized

LMAO Dani isn't too bright.

Ohhh i'm so excited, i can't wait. Sucks about more seeds being planted and more dialogue and less action. But for them to go from last issue to the full blown war would be ridiculous as well. I just really hope, this arc doesn't disappoint.

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Posted by Giuseppe Riccadonna

What did Dani do?

Posted by Media_Master

I'm really looking forward to it, being a person who buys  a comic maybe 2x a month, I pick Witchblade and Daredevil.

Posted by pixelized

you have impeccable taste

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Posted by Giuseppe Riccadonna
Giuseppe Riccadonna said:
"What did Dani do?"

Come on Pix, I  know you know the answer :)
Posted by pixelized

LOLOL, i think he was referring to something that happened in issue 125, i'm not privy to advanced reading so i don't know.

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Posted by Giuseppe Riccadonna

Damn, I want to know, lol.

Posted by pixelized

Next Wednesday, you'll have all the answers you could want.

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Posted by G-Man
pixelized said:
"LOLOL, i think he was referring to something that happened in issue 125, i'm not privy to advanced reading so i don't know.
"
I was talking about what Dani did to Finch's boyfriend and how Sara had to clean up her mess.
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Edited by pixelized

Oh, well... she didn't consciously do anything to "Rock," except confront him. She was just  trying to help Finch.

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Posted by Joe Venom

I just like Chris Bachalo's covers, joy!

Posted by Precise

It will be interesting to see who the Angelus force will pick as its new host =)

Posted by G-Man
Precise said:
"It will be interesting to see who the Angelus force will pick as its new host =)
"
There is a scene that might be hinting.  I think it'd be corny.  But then, maybe it could be good to stir things up.
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Posted by Peterobe

I never really got into this, but it looks awesome. Could I pick it up at this point or would I need to do a bit of previous issue reading?

Posted by pixelized

125 is supposed to be a good jumping on point for new readers

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Posted by G-Man
G-Man said:
This is a good issue to jump onto if you haven't been reading.  Summaries are usually given in the beginning to remind you what's been going on.

:P
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Posted by Inthedark

I really hope this ends nothing like broken trinity or i am done.