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Witchblade Vol. 7 TPB preview


Along with Magdalena #2, in stores this Wednesday is Witchblade vol 7 TPB, the new volume in the Witchblade trade paperback series. This one has been a long time in coming, as Top Cow catches up on its TPB program. Since the trades are printed in China – for reasons of both cost and quality– the process takes a few months from start to finish. Top Cow managing editor and all-around awesome fellow Phil Smith put together the material and designed the book, and we all proofed it numerous times before the files were sent to China for printing. Once the entire run is printed, it’s shipped via literal slow boat back the U.S. and then the distributor gets it into stores.

Vol. 7 contains issues #121-#124 of Witchblade, the lead story from Witchblade Annual #1 (which I didn’t write), as well as the 16-page Free Comic Book Day story (which I did write) that’s previewed here. The FCBD story introduces the Gretch character, a journalist for an alternative newspaper who figures in the three-part “Crown Heights” storyline featured in this volume. Each page of the FCBD story is formatted in a 16-panel grid, the same format Frank Miller used The Dark Knight Returns, a story that influences me to this day.

“Crown Heights” is inspired in large part by a photo essay I saw in the New York Times a few years ago, which provided a window into the Lubavitch Jewish sect in Brooklyn. I find those kinds of cloistered societies fascinating anyway, but add n the visual component of the black clothing and fedoras, and I had to use it as a setting for a story. There’s another photo essay, along with a feature and a video, on the Chabad-Lubavitch Jews on the National Geographic site.

Vol. 7 has an intro by Rabbi Geoffrey Dennis, touching on Jewish mysticism, as well as a cover gallery, sketchbook section by Stjepan Sejic, and a scriptbook by me, featuring my complete script and Stjepan’s layouts for issue #121.

The Vol. 8 trade, with the “War of the Witchblades” storyline and an intro by Jim Starlin, is already buttoned up and headed off to press.

Cheers,

Ron


Witchblade #135 in stores

Witchblade #135, the second chapter of the three-part “Almost Human” arc, hits stores today. There’s a cop with a supernatural gauntlet. There’s a cybernetic assassin with green hair. Stuff blows up. What more do you need?

The Top Cow Universe has a bit of split personality. There’s the supernatural side, which is where titles like Witchblade, The Darkness and Magdalena call home, and then there’s the more tech/sci-fi side that covers things like Cyberforce and Hunter-Killer. I don’t mix the two sides on a regular basis, but if done sparingly, I think the contrasts make for interesting stories. The aforementioned cybernetic assassin, Aphrodite IV, falls more on the tech side, but she’s encountered Witchblade wielder Sara Pezzini before. Issue #135 digs a bit more into Aphrodite’s “origin” and puts some pieces in place for her appearance in May’s Free Comic Book Day issue from Top Cow, which serves a prequel to the upcoming Artifacts series.

Story by me, art by Stjepan Sejic …who does not like to be called the “Croatian Sensation” despite being Croatian and sensational. Two covers, one by Sejic and one by Darick Robertson of Transmetropolitan and The Boys fame.

Cheers,
Ron

PS:
Ah! Before I forget, Comixology has a preview of Witchblade #135. That’s also where the images in this post came from. Hey, credit where credit’s due!

–RM


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