Title: Witchblood #1
Words: Matthew Erman
Art: Lisa Sterle
Colors: Gab Contreras
Published: March 31, 2021
Publisher’s Summary: “A modern, Wild West road trip about a witch named Yonna cruising the Southwest as a band of bloodthirsty biker vampires, The Hounds of Love, hunt her scattered coven for the source of all magic: witch blood. From the critically acclaimed creators of The Modern Witch Tarot Deck and Long Lost comes WITCHBLOOD, a blend of action, lore, and Americana—perfect for fans of Buffy and American Gods.”
The first issue of Witchblood begins with a motorcycle riding immortal (who happens to be an ancient witch named Yonna) out cruising the highways of the American West accompanied by her crow familiar. Though short on food and money they are still trying to stay out of trouble, and mostly succeed until they roll into a tiny Texas town. Unfortunately, while Yonna’s bike is getting repaired after having been run off the road, two kinds of trouble manage to find her.
In Witchblood, Matthew Erman introduces a smart mouth witch who, as much as she would like to keep a low profile, can’t help but step right into the middle of a conflict she knows nothing about. The story is fast-paced wasting no time introducing the major factions in this supernatural war, each quirky and sinister in their own delightful way. The fun also lies in the fact that anyone of them could be considered a bad guy, and in this story the hero is the one who is least worst.
The Bottom Line
Witchblood delivers an entertaining modern tale told with snark and humor filled with clever versions of witches and vampires and the people who want to destroy them.