This issue concludes the mini-series while setting the stage for the following story. It works very well, both visually and written. The artwork and text augment each other and really drive the tale.
Here we have the epic battle between The Flesh and the Brunhildas, in which Sara finds herself within the midst.
I’m in the middle of another war. Wars are always the same. Someone wants something someone else has. Land. Oil. Power. Immortality.
I have to agree with this statement. Throughout history, wars are started by those who desire that which someone else possesses. Often, wars are started on the false pretense that a country is doing something noble, protecting another nation. But if you look deeper, you often find a very different motivation. I hate to sound cynical, but I don’t see any government as that altruistic.
Without giving away too much of the story, I will say that neither of the warring parties wins, and this ties into the subtitle of Unbalanced Pieces. If one of the warring sides were to be victorious, it would create an imbalance in the cosmic struggle between Light and Dark, symbolized by the yin and yang, good and evil, and so forth. The story asserts, and I am inclined to agree, that a balance must be maintained in order for existence to continue.
The Witchblade is the Balance between The Darkness and the Artifact of Light, The Angelus. Its job is to keep the opposing forces from destroying each other, and by proxy, everything else.
I’ve really enjoyed these first five issues of the “rebirth” of the Witchblade saga. I look forward to reading more of the series.