Witchblade: Demon Reborn #4 Review

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The final issue of this mini-series is here, so did the original one-shot really need a sequel?  Read on to find out.

The official description from Dynamite:

The Demon finally has Sara Pezzini and the Witchblade where he wants them: in the pits of hell. To get back home to her family, Sara must fight through a legion of the Witchblade’s victims. She must also finally defeat the Demon himself. The Demon is just as motivated. At stake is a place in the hierarchy of hell’s bureaucracy, vs. an eternity of perpetual torment. All-out, hellish action in the final chapter in this twisted tale of revenge and redemption.

If you start off reading this mini-series assuming you’re going to get something that’s on equal footing with Witchblade: Demon you’re going to be a bit disappointed because at the end of the day they’re just two different beasts.  The original one-shot was short and sweet while this one lingered and offered further details on this monstrous man that was destined to be trapped in Hell.  The end result is a sturdy romp that doesn’t forge any new ground but will undoubtedly entertain fans if they’re looking for a bonus adventure in the old Top Cow Universe.

Ande Parks delivers a script that brings this series to a solid conclusion.  Truth be told what this writer has done is more or less condense the character journey of Sara Pezzini from the main Witchblade series into this four part sequel.  For a long time there were questions about the influence this ancient gauntlet had on our heroine, and the problem with this arc is that it’s been answered before.  But to the author’s credit he pens a saga that offers a decent enough approach to perhaps sell the character to new and curious readers.

Jose Luis does a superb job on the art as he expertly illustrates both Sara Pezzini and the Witchblade.  His work on this title has been solid throughout but by this fourth installment the talent on display here is exceptional.  His panels are detailed and lavishly designed as he helps to carry this series to a solid finish.

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Witchblade: Demon Reborn #4 doesn’t quite live up to the original one-shot but this final issue is strong enough to earn a recommendation in its own right.


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