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Friday, August 31, 2007

Witchblade #103/23 pages and $2.99 from Top Cow/story: Ron Marz - sold at comics shops and at www.topcowstore.com


Dear Editor,

I had never read an issue of Witchblade before the current installment, and, although I’m guessing this is not a representative tale, I was much impressed.

First, thanks for the little blurb that told me enough about the series that I wasn’t lost. I admit it is hard to enter a series in its 103rd issue without some confusion. I felt right at home.

The premise is solid. An ancient, magic gauntlet with an “all-consuming thirst for battle” bonds itself to a beautiful female police detective. The potential for excitement is certainly there, and I suspect there has been plenty of battle in the last one hundred and three issues.

Certainly the reality-based art and the beautiful women is enough to visually interest at least male readers, and artist Andriana Melo is no slacker. The visual storytelling is clear, intriguing, and distinctive. But I’m a stickler for story. Eye-candy is not enough to satisfy me.

Hurray! The plot, characterization and dialog work perfectly with the art to offer a more than satisfying little tale as the gauntlet is passed to a new woman. There is no greater accomplishment for a writer than leaving a reader wanting more, and I want more. I will recommend Witchblade to my friends (and readers!).

Michael Vance
Tulsa, Oklahoma

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