Witchblade (2017) #2

Title: Witchblade (2017) #2
Publisher: Image
Writer: Caitlin Kittredge
Artist: Roberta Ingranata
Colorist: Bryan Valenza
Letterer: Troy Peteri
Publication Date: January 10th, 2018
Publisher’s Summary: “LIFE AFTER,” Part Two. Struggling to adapt to her new life as the Witchblade’s host, Alex finds she’s the prime suspect in the death of an NYPD detective—and that the dead cop had powerful and corrupt friends who will do anything to keep his shady business quiet. But in the world of the Witchblade, nothing is quite what it seems, and Alex soon learns that there’s more than greed and graft at play inside the circle of corruption. The bent cops also have a supernatural backer, and Alex has just landed in his crosshairs.

There’s a lot going on; there are quite a few moving pieces in this story and what I am finding is that some of the explaining and setup is getting in the way of what (I can only assume) Witchblade fans are looking for in a new series. And what are fans looking for in a new Witchblade series? Well, Witchblade, right? Witchblade (2017) #2 is dense with content but not all of it is entertaining. The script is well-written and the story is progressing forward but throughout my reading of this book remaining engaged was difficult.

Thankfully, Roberta Ingranata’s illustrations are impressive and ultimately so expressive that reading each word-bubble isn’t necessary. I wouldn’t recommend not actually reading the book, but the illustrations work well to complement Kittredge’s script. In one of the action-heavy scenes I felt as though something was missing; the panel-to-panel flow was off and because of this, what was happening wasn’t clearly portrayed.

Witchblade (2017) #2 isn’t a bad book, but it’s not great. The script is fine enough, as are the illustrations, but the book just wasn’t that entertaining. Hopefully Issue #3 can pull the series back on track.

The Bottom Line:

Witchblade (2017) #2 misses the mark; the script is well-written and the illustrations are polished and expressive, the book just isn’t that entertaining.