By Ron Marz (Writer) and Stjepan Sejic (Artist)

Some Thoughts Before The Review: With the Witchblade artifact divided between two owners, it was only a matter of time before some sort of conflict emerged. That’s where the War of the Witchblades event comes in. The first chapter showed a break in the friendship between Witchblade owners Dani Baptiste and Sara Pezzini and then left things hanging with the introduction of a few new creepy characters. I look forward to seeing what happens next.

The Story: The War of the Witchblades heats up in what can best be described as an expository chapter. The situation with the Angelus is explained, as is the reason for Sara’s sudden mood swing. In addition, the issue sets the Witchblade conflict up in a very clear-cut manner.

What’s Good: For an information dump, the second chapter of War of the Witchblades is surprisingly entertaining. Ron Marz’s handling of Sara Pezzini manages to be both unsettling and, in short, quite funny. He also does a nice of laying out the basics of the Witchblade situation in a way that is simple, yet quite elegant. The story looks to be a classic showdown in many ways and, in short, it works quite well.

As for the artwork, Stjepan Sejic does a great job of presenting the cast in a way that visually represents the upcoming war. It’s clear as to which side a particular falls on and it definitely adds to the mythology of the story in some ways. And speaking of the mythology of the story, it really allows for Sejic to showcase his talent, making Witchblade #126 one good-looking book.

What’s Not So Good: Because I knew an issue heavy on exposition was going to drop sooner than later, I really only have one negative thing to say about the writing. It disappoints only because the overall plot doesn’t move forward a whole lot. Understandable in ways, but it still makes the issue as a whole feel less than satisfying. The artwork disappoints only in that a few facial inconsistencies pop up and occasionally Sejic’s work looks a bit too computer generated.

Conclusion: The latest Witchblade is a must read for fans looking to pick up the rest of the series event. While some of the exposition might feel a bit dull, it’s vital to the story and is coupled with some really nice visuals.

Grade: B

-Kyle Posluszny