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Witchblade: Issue 162

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I have to say, I got a good chuckle out of this issue. Sara ends up going on a date with Cain Jorgenson to see the Cubs play the Mets at Wrigley Field. Sara is a staunch Mets fan and her fervor reminded me of how much I loved going to see the Mets play at Shea Stadium when I was a kid. I confess that I have lost my interest in team sports over the years, but I had some good baseball memories.

There is an interesting passage in this issue regarding the use of magic to manifest things in the real world. Two criminals capture a “bargaining spirit” and are deciding what to do with it.

Bee Bee: Are… are you going to use him to make wishes?

Rook: Aw, hell no. Magic’ll always screw ya. Wishing ain’t no way to make money.

I have heard magic defined as the ability to cause events to manifest in accordance with your will. But we know from chaos theory that everything you do, and I would venture to include everything you think, has a rippling effect throughout reality. While I don’t assert that practicing magic as a means to generate prosperity is inherently wrong, one must always be prudent. Magic is not an exact science and sometimes things manifest in ways that we do not anticipate.

The saga is “to be continued” in issue 163, which I already have and will be reviewing shortly.

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Witchblade Issue 161

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This was kind of an interesting issue. On one hand I really liked it, but then it left me feeling like there is something missing. Maybe this was intentional on the part of the writer. It is sort of a stand-alone tale, but it also ties in with other sub-plots and also ends with “To Be Continued.” I guess I will have to read the next issue to see how things resolve.

In this installment, Sara gets hired by a young, accomplished, professional woman who thinks she might be haunted. Sara discovers that the spirit of the woman’s twin sister is in fact watching over her. This twin spirit is covered with tattoos, which have a mystical power.

What intrigued me about this issue was the spiritual bond between the twin sisters. I have experienced spiritual connections with other people and I believe that the closer you are to a person, the stronger that spiritual connection. I can only imagine how intense that connection must be in the case of twins.

That’s about all I have to say regarding this issue. It was very good, but like I said, it left me feeling somewhat uncertain. I am curious to find out what happens next in the saga. I’ll let you know as soon as I acquire the next issue and read it. Cheers!

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Witchblade Issue 158: Portals, Part 2

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This issue concludes the two-part “Portals” story. As I expected, it is packed with action and excitement as Sara battles Katarina (a former Witchblade bearer), a crazy little gangster named Toio Mulranny, and even a dinosaur. It makes for very entertaining reading, especially when combined with the lavish illustrations.

There was one part of this issue that I found particularly interesting. Mulranny captures Lady Auslinn, an elfin princess, who he plans on executing. Auslinn seeks the halting of illicit importing of contraband from our world, particularly weaponry. Mulranny expresses his love for human technology, which he sees as part of evolution.

No. Goods that make our lives better. Easier. Wondrous devices and technology that spur this stagnant world to greater heights. Evolution at work. An evolution you would halt with your appeal to the council of wizards.

This made me think about one of my favorite movies when I was a teenager: “Wizards.” It was very cool back in the 70’s, but the animation is pretty dated compared with today’s. But the story was what haunted me with that film. There were two brothers who were wizards in a post-apocalyptic world: Avatar and Blackwolf. Avatar represents the forces of magic while Blackwolf represents the forces of industrial technology. Blackwolf discovers old film footage of the Nazis and uses the propaganda to terrify his enemies and inspire his troops. There is a great twist at the end. The movie is on YouTube. If you’ve never seen it, I suggest you check it out. Click here to watch it online.

On that note, I will leave you with the trailer for “Wizards.” Like I said, it’s pretty dated, but was one of those films that had an impact on my life.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjSFujG6Uhg

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Witchblade Issue 157: Portals, Part 1

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This issue is a geek’s dream come true. Not only is the writing great and the artwork stunning, but it incorporates some of our favorite nerdy things: fantasy, alternate dimensions, Tolkien, faeries and elves, steampunk, even LARPing. What more could one ask for?

The story follows Sara Pezzini through a dimensional portal. After moving through the portal, she finds herself in a world that is a sumptuous blending of steampunk and Tolkien’s Middle Earth. She is taken into custody by elfin authorities who bring her to Sheriff Godliffe. The sheriff turns out to be a woman whose first name is Katarina. Once Sara meets her, she discovers that Katarina was once a bearer of the Witchblade, but the gauntlet rejected her because she was drunken, selfish, and prone to violence.

There is a lot of tension building in this issue; unfortunately, though, there is not a lot for me to elaborate on. I sense that the writer, Tim Seeley, is setting the stage for a fantastic conflict in the next issue, which I conveniently have already. As I finish this up, I am figuring I will read Part 2 after I grab a bite to eat. Expect my review of Part 2 tomorrow.

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Witchblade Issue 156: The Space Between Us

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I LOVED this issue! Not only is the writing flawless and well-crafted, but the artwork is superb. In addition, while it ties in with the larger Witchblade story, it is a stand-alone piece that can be read on its own. Basically, Sara Pezzini is investigating an apparition’s recurring visit. The spectral woman, who howls in agony, appears to her boyfriend who is tormented by his inability to end her anguish. It draws on the theme of the transition between life and death, particularly the purgatorial realm between the planes.

Early in the episode, Sara muses on the reasons why displaced spirits haunt particular places.

They say that haunted places are the home to people that couldn’t move on. That the ghosts found comfort in their old stomping grounds.

I see this as true on a psychological level also. As humans, we seek solace in those places of our psyches that are comfortable to us, that we associate with our ideal of what was good about our pasts. I have often found myself retreating and haunting the areas of my mind that are connected with pleasant memories. I see spiritual “hauntings” as the physical manifestation of our innate desire to return to a place of safety and familiarity.

The purgatorial space between dimensions populated by ghosts is referred to as the Ashen Lands. It is visually depicted as a spectral realm, void of color and painted with shades of grey. One of the ghosts explains the main reason why they choose to remain in the Ashen Lands: fear.

It’s the world beyond the Ashen Lands. Where the dead are meant to be. None can know if it’s heaven or hell, or an eternal, silent sleep. Those of us here… we were too afraid to go.

There are two appendices to this comic. The first is a supposed excerpt from a book that discusses The Ashenlands. It works really well and there is a great passage that describes the difference of appearance between the living and the dead.

You may think me mad to have such a preoccupation with hues after such a traumatic event. But when one walks the Ashenlands, one comes to learn that it is the colour that sets us apart from the dead.

Finally, the part of this story that I found the most fascinating is the inclusion of urban legends. The second appendix is a recounting of a Chicago ghost story that is referred to in the comic, that of Resurrection Mary. I did a search online and found plenty of sites discussing what is deemed as Chicago’s most famous ghost story. Click here to read a short summary of the tale.

I love stories that blur the lines of distinction between real and fantasy, between life and death, and between the conscious and the subconscious, and this comic does that masterfully. If you can find this issue at your local comic store, I highly recommend that you pick it up and read it. You won’t be disappointed.

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Witchblade Issue 155: Unbalanced Pieces – Part 5

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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.

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Witchblade Issue 154: Unbalanced Pieces – Part 4

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In this fourth installment, the story is building to a climax. The members of The Flesh and the Brunhildas (the gang of scantily clad biker witches) are about to clash. Both want control of the Fountain, which provides eternal youth and power, but at a cost. And Sara Pezzini is caught in the midst of the epic showdown.

There is a motif that permeates this issue, that of the unknown which resides in the darkness and the shadows. I have personally always found this to be a powerful symbol for the subconscious mind, where primordial instincts dwell along with the aspects of ourselves that we hide from the light, often from necessity.

“There are things even the darkness fears.”

The final lines of the issue truly sum up the terrifying allure of the darkness.

“The shadows are so much darker… so much deeper than I ever thought, Sara… and it’s so goddamn beautiful.”

As I read this, I kind of got a chill. It is because of this that we are all fascinated with darkness, even if we fear it. Let’s face it, Darth Vader is the character from Star Wars that we all find the most interesting, because he turned to the dark side and embraced it. It is a part of human nature to desire this, to want to abandon yourself and submerge into that part of your being that has been kept at bay. But in doing so, there is always a price to pay. Nothing is free and the Devil will always get his due.

The next issue concludes the mini-series. I already have the comic so I will be reading it and sharing my thoughts soon.

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