Later this month, the main Witchblade series is ending at issue 185. Although I’ll miss the series, at least Switch is also starting this month. Written and drawn by Stjepan Sejic, this is an alternate take on the Witchblade mythos. Instead of an experienced police officer wielding the artifact of power, it’s … an average teenager?
The comic opens up by explaining what the Witchblade artifact is in a quick and entertaining way, while also introducing us to the very first bearer of the artifact. The narration talks about how it’s chosen warriors, royalty and adventurers throughout the years, and then moves in to introduce Mary, the main character in Switch. She’s an average teenager, but an interesting one at that. She’s all about finding UFOs, spending time with the handful of friends she has and working at her parents’ used book shop. Meanwhile, there’s a coming war between the Angelus and the Darkness, one which Mary is about to be caught up in the middle of.
The comic is entertaining throughout, with some amusing moments in the dialogue and narration, and a lot of world building that captures the Top Cow Universe’s mythology without getting overly complicated. The action at the end is intense, with a great cliffhanger ending.
The art is also fantastic. The opening pages where Una, the Witchblade’s first bearer, tells everything with facial expressions alone. At Mary’s high school there’s a good variety of students. The backgrounds in the city are complete with trees and buildings with plenty of detail. The action flows well, and when Mary’s hit by one of Angelus’s warriors, she even chips a tooth that remains chipped for the rest of the issue. Also, Mary’s UFO shirts are great, especially the one that says “take me to a planet with intelligent life.” If there is a flaw, it’s that in a flashback, the dominion’s wielder keeps losing and regaining his tribal earrings.
Compared to Sejic’s Death Vigil series, this is a fair amount more serious with its storytelling, but it’s very good. The Top Cow Universe has a lot of rich mythology and this comic captures it well without going overboard with information. Throw in some great characters, fantastic art and a story that’s bound to get intense, and you have a fantastic comic. Witchblade fans should give this a chance, and if a series featuring artifacts of power interests you, this is a good place to jump in.