The Coming Of Moloch In Witchblade #17

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead
Alex explains the threat of Moloch to Team Witchblade, but they’re unsure of her ability to stop the coming threat without the power of the Witchblade. Regardless, she goes out to find who she suspects to be Haley’s next target: a black magic practitioner named Kayla. Alex confronts Kayla and talks her into coming back to her apartment with her. Unfortunately, Haley is prepared for this and launches a new attack upon Alex.

Witchblade #17 cover by Roberta Ingranata and Bryan Valenza
Witchblade #17 cover by Roberta Ingranata and Bryan Valenza

Witchblade #17 finds Alex and her allies trying to discern a way to stop Haley and the coming of Moloch. Alex has suffered a severe power loss and isn’t equipped to take either head-on, but she needs to find a solution if the world is going to continue spinning.
It’s a relatively low-action issue in the Witchblade canon. Alex can’t use the Witchblade right now, so she’s having to resort to hiding away Haley’s targets and when necessary, her martial arts prowess.
Kayla is a charming character. Her deadpan demeanor and total acceptance of all the insane things Alex tells her makes her a refreshingly unserious character in the cast.
We do get some more revelations about Alex and the Witchblade in the final few pages, but it’s far from a reassuring turn for Team Witchblade.
Roberta Ingranata’s artwork is a solid fit for Witchblade. She gives the book a fluid and movement-oriented style. Characters are able to emote and express well, and there is a good amount of texturing on the characters and settings. The one extended fight sequence is laid out in a coherent and appealing manner. Bryan Valenza and Beyond Colorlab bring the color art to the book and they give it a good mixture of warm and cool shades that set a nice visual tone.
Witchblade #17 is a somewhat slow but overall enjoyable installment for the series. Alex tries to get creative in stopping Haley and Moloch, but her options are still limited. It’s a solid comic and is worth a recommendation. Feel free to pick this one up.
Witchblade #17 comes to us from writer Caitlin Kittredge, artist Roberta Ingranata, color artist Bryan Valenza with Beyond Colorlab, letterer Troy Peteri, and cover artist Roberta Ingranata with Bryan Valenza. 
Final Score: 7/10

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