Graphic Novel & Manga

Graphic Novel Review: Witchblade Vol 1 by Caitlin Kittredge

Witchblade Vol 1 by Caitlin Kittredge, Roberta Ingranata, Bryan Valenza

Series: Witchblade (2018)

Adult ∴ Graphic novel ∴ Urban fantasy

Published July 17th 2018 by Image Comics

Paperback ∴ 152 pages

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Gunned down and left for dead on a New York rooftop, Alex Underwood’s life should have ended there-but instead, at the moment of death, she became host to the Witchblade, a mystical artifact that grants the woman wielding it extraordinary powers. But the power comes with a heavy cost, and Alex finds herself thrust into the center of an unseen battle raging on the snowy streets of NYC. Demons are real and walking among humans, and every one of them is intent on taking out the Witchblade’s newest host before she becomes too strong to kill. But the artifact chose Alex for a reason, and she’s not going down without a fight.

To start, I have a little bit of a history with Witchblade and the sexy ladies it partners up with. I watched the old live-action TV show, the original anime, and read some of the original comics years and years ago. If I had discovered Witchblade at an earlier age, I would probably be as obsessed with her as I am with Lara Croft. Don’t rule it out, honestly, because it can still happen.

This *new* Witchblade, new girl and story and all, is pretty cool. There’s no skimpy transformation (boo), but two of her three companions are non-white, and a cop (who I think will be her friend soon) is black and disabled and still kicking ass on the streets. The only thing cooler would be if the wearer of the Witchblade was non-white. I would die for a black or Asian Witchblade. ALTHOUGH, there are some historical flashbacks that show a samurai(?) girl wore the Artifact, once upon a time.

Here she is. LOOK AT HER (and no, I don’t consider this a spoiler because we all know it’s gonna happen by now). God, I’d let her step on my face.
Witchblade Vol 1 by Catilin Kittredge

What is the Artifact, you ask? It’s an ancient bracelet with a YUGE red gem and a wide gold band. Some kind of sentient creature inhabits the bracelet and in turn, merges with the wearer, giving her crazy powers and the ability to sense other creatures who have possessed humans. TLDR; supernatural vigilante bad ass ladies.

The plot of this iteration is that, Alex, a former journalist now working for the assistant district attorney, has some super traumatic history, and the artifact ~finds~ her (we don’t really know how) and basically saves her life. She has to learn how to control the Witchblade and balance her life of assisting battered women. Her life, now filled with dirty cops, scary Russian mobs, ghosts, and demons, takes a super hard left into an ancient warrior partnership. God, this is hard to explain. Just read it.

Art is great, story is good, concept is :ok_hand: (yeah, I know that’s a Discord command, but it really applies here). I really can’t wait for the next volume to come out and I think I might even go back and read the older ones, too.

Have you read Witchblade or watched any of the shows? Did I persuade you to if you haven’t? Let me know what you think!

∴ 4 stars ∴

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3 thoughts on “Graphic Novel Review: Witchblade Vol 1 by Caitlin Kittredge

  1. Honestly, I was always intrigue with Witchblade. It was one of Image best starting comics back in the 90s and even to this day there’s still loyal fan base to it, but it was never a big hit with the mainstream audience.
    I dunno why I never tried it out, maybe because of the over focus on the heroine body and fan service or because it looked more hero comic then a supernatural one.
    Might give it a chance, the remake at least :3

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    1. Yeah, I mean my favorite anime is all fan service but there’s just something so satisfying about Witchblade in particular. Let me know if you like it! And I don’t really think there’s any need to read the old ones, either.


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