Does this two-part arc go out with a bang or a whimper? Read on to find out.
The official description from Image:
On a rescue mission to a world that’s the love child of JRR Tolkein and Philip K. Dick, Sara Pezzini races against time to save a life. Can she succeed with a ruthless warlord, a royal entourage, and even a bitter former Witchblade bearer in her way?
If you would have told me a year ago that Sara Pezzini would travel to a world that is best described as “J.R.R. Tolkein‘s version of Blade Runner,” I would have laughed at you. But that’s exactly what’s happening in this wild and crazy romp. Despite falling into some predictable pitfalls along the way, this latest issue is an impressive feat from a relatively new but slightly seasoned creative team.
Tim Seeley deserves a good deal of credit for delivering a daring script that seeks to expand the narrative scope of a book that’s been around for just about fifteen years. Crafting a story that takes us from the streets of a fantasy world and back to the narrative tissue set-up in the first story arc is no easy task, but thankfully this talented writer delivers a tale that’s up for it. There are times where the dialogue feels a bit too corny and the inner narration seems a bit inflated, but those minor misshapes don’t hinder the overall experience.
Diego Bernard continues to impress me with his art. He layers this fantastical world is such lavish details that when the action gets going, it really gets going. From Sara Pezzini, to the Orcs, Elves and even the Darklings this book looks great and I can’t wait to see what dynamic panels this talented artist yields during his stint on Witchblade.
Whether you’re already a fan or just new to the Top Cow universe, this latest issue with the bearer of the balance is a rip-roaring good time that comes recommended.