Image Comics have announced a new all-female creative team for the series Witchblade, set to return to comics in December.
Writer Caitlin Kittredge (Throwaways, Coffin Hill) and artist Roberta Ingranata bring us an all-new story about Alex Underwood, a journalist who thinks she’s seen it all, that is “until she becomes the unlikely host to an ancient and powerful artifact known as the WITCHBLADE”.
The new ongoing series was first co-created by Image Comics co-founder and partner, Marc Silvestri, with Brian Haberlin, Michael Turner, and David Wohl.
Silvestri comments on the return of the legacy series:
Everywhere you look in the real world, you’ll see a hero. Not the kind that wears a cape and flies around a comic page or across the big screen but the kind you see walking around being kind of unremarkable. Basically people. People that, when given the choice, will simply do the right thing. Because that’s what a hero does. Doing the right thing isn’t always easy, as it often means being selfless. Without hesitation. But again, that’s what a hero does. Our most enduring superheroes come from this simple idea: people choosing to do the right thing. People like the wielders of the Witchblade.
The new arc drops you into Underwood’s life as she’s left for dead on a New York rooftop and finds that in the moment of death, she instead becomes host to the Witchblade, “a mystical artifact that grants the woman wielding it extraordinary powers”.
But, of course, the powers come at a cost, including taking up arms in a strange battle. Underwood learns that demons are real and walking among humans, and they all want to kill the new Witchblade.
The idea of people choosing to be selfless was always at the forefront when Brian Haberlin, Michael Turner, David Wohl, and myself went about the business of creating Witchblade 20 some years ago. Now a talented new team has grabbed the creative reins and, quite frankly, they’ve knocked the new Witchblade out of the park! Writer Caitlin Kittredge, artist Roberta Ingranata, and colorist Bryan Valenza have taken Witchblade in a bold new direction that is completely fresh and exciting. So do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Witchblade where you can follow the adventures of a person granted great power and choosing to do the right thing with it. You know, a hero.
Witchblade #1 (Diamond Code OCT170557) is going to arrive in stores on Wednesday, December 6th. The final order cutoff deadline for retailers is Monday, November 13th.