Quick review for a quick read. This graphic novel of Witchblade was a pretty epic journey, to say the least. It’s a compilation of two separate stories: “Witchblade: Demon” (one shot) and “Witchblade: Demon Reborn” (a four chapter series). Both are quite dark stories that involve a man bent on getting revenge on Sara Pezzini after she defeated him with the Witchblade. The one-shot covers the initial encounter of Sara and the man, while the latter story follows up with the present day and and the man’s quest out of Hell to seek revenge against Sara and her family. There’s a parallel story with Sara having to contend with a man stalking/harassing a woman in the aftermath of a mistrial – so basically Sara finds herself with her back against the wall in two entirely separate cases. Sara’s grief/anguish is palpable and I liked seeing her rise above that to bring justice/do great things with the power she possesses in the scheme of the story.
I loved the artwork in both stories, the former having something of a noir art style while the latter is more modern. The story progression was easy to follow and quick to read (I spent about 45 minutes reading it.) In the end, it was well worth the time taken and I’d recommend it for those who follow the Witchblade franchise.
Overall score: 4/5 stars
Note: I received this as an ARC from NetGalley, from the publisher Dynamite Entertainment/Diamond Book Distributors.