Image Comics Review: Witchblade #13

[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Writers:  Caitlin Kittredge

Artist:  Roberta Ingranata

Colors: Bryan Valenza and Beyond Color Lab

Letters: Troy Peteri

 

 

Summary

“I don’t like bullies, Garrett.  You’re tough against somebody who’s chained up.  But I guarantee if it was the two of us in a dark alley, i would wipe the greasy pavement with your face” – Alex Underwood/Witchblade

“LAST DAYS,” Part One Transported five years into the future by the shockwave of a failed spell, Alex, Ash, and Majil must find a way back home—but the New York they knew is gone, and an apocalyptic wasteland ruled by demons stands between them and their ticket back to the present.

Positives

I love that Calvin Kittredge provides the reader a jumping off point that both catches you up on what has transpired but also sets the stage for the anticipated issue.  Alex finds her self in a jail cell with Ash and Majil, and she has an anticipated meeting with Victoria Roseland, arguably an old friend.  However, this recent time jump that apparently set off an apocalyptic march towards the ending of the world doesn’t have Victoria in too great of a mood to meet with Alex.  Kittredge paints a pretty tough spot for Alex to get out of in that the prison she is in is fraught with guards who know how to deal with magic, and already have some pretty tough customers bound up.  However, a little instigated blood shed allows Alex to cast a spell to release a minor player in the magic world to do some dirty work.  Why would the Witchblade need another magical enemy released?  No bars for the Witchblade…..cue the Sprint commercial…can you hear me now?  Alex, Ash, and Majil find themselves on the run out of their magical confines, but at what cost?  Who knows what they will find in this new future?  And in the shadows, an old enemy bides her time.

Kittredge does a great job of transporting his characters out of one realm and into the future where you are faced with gaps of information as to how did all of this happen.  It’s a great story telling device that works perfectly with Witchblade.  And Roberta Ingranata’s art is exceptional.  Her pencils are sharp and she draws a beautiful Alex!  Bryan Valenza and Beyond Color Lab paint a bleak picture of this apocalyptic world and you can almost smell the nuclear fall out from the pages.

Negatives

None at all as Kittredge catches up on all things Witchblade within two pages and then sets us on a new puzzle that has to be solved by Alex!

 

Verdict

Witchblade is Image’s mainstay female character.  DC has Wonder Woman and Marvel has Captain Marvel.  But Image has Witchblade and her power is limitless!

 

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Carl Bryan

Doc B is a college physical education instructor that has coached numerous sports on the rec, club, and collegiate level. He has a wonderful wife, two awesome kids, and remembers when Kryptonite came in a lot of different forms. He also has learned not to utter "Mxyzptlk" backwards!