Can Sara Pezzini take on the Demon she helped create, or is she simply destined to fall by the end of this arc? Read on to find out.
The official description from Dynamite:
The Demon has been given a leave from hell. He’s been using his limited time on earth to create a bloody trap for Sara Pezzini. Now, as the Demon’s time runs out, the trap is sprung. Victims of the Witchblade’s justice, long since vanquished to hell, return, intent on destroying Sara and dragging her soul back to the pits with them. Sara and the Witchblade must fight for themselves, and for a purely innocent soul: Sara’s young daughter, Hope.
I’m going to be very honest here, I did not see the point of resurrecting this story line so many years from its original release. It just seemed really out of place and to be perfectly honest it more or less still does. There are moments where the art and script click and everything flows extremely well, but overall it just feels rather bland and unrepresentative of either the original short or the property it’s attempting to be a part of.
Ande Parks does a commendable job giving the third act of this mini-series a solid pace that allows events to flow rather nicely. I have to admit as off-balance as the dialogue felt, the twist at the ending implied enough reasons to almost justify the missteps. From start to finish, the romp does what it needs to do to continue this bland tale but it never rises to a level of quality that truthfully justifies its existence.
Jose Luis does a passable job on the art giving enough details to make the panels flow. There were a few really gorgeous scenes, but the majority of the work here seemed rushed and the visual realization of the Witchblade came off as a bit underwhelming. Overall the talented artist did enough to create an experience that balanced well with the script, but nothing to make the issue standout.
Witchblade: Demon Reborn #3 is a release that’s ultimately for the hardcore fans only, as it squeaks by with a very light recommendation.