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Witchblade: Shades of Gray + The Art of the Darkness Art Collection

Witchblade: Shades of Gray

Genre: Super-hero

A comparison could be made between this book and Wild Girl, written by the same authors. Both feature a heroine whose barely controllable powers propel her through the city to escape a pursuing evil. The difference is Wild Girl talks to animals, whereas Witchblade gets naked… wait, that’s not wholly accurate. She transforms into a cyber-organic crimefighter during a murder investigation that’s made easier by the fact that the killer, or someone like him, is stalking her.

He obviously has mind control powers, but the question is, who did he use them on to make Detective Sara Pezzini dress like a hooker during his cross-examination? Was it artist Stephen Segovia, or writers Leah Moore and John Reppion? 

The Art of the Darkness Art Collection

Genre: Super-hero, Pin-ups/Art book

Some fine covers, some even better colors, a few sketches, some game concept design pictures, a couple interviews, and an amusing pun title sums this one up rather neatly. If you’re a fan, it’s a good buy for its background look and large dimensions. If you’re not, well… here’s gangster Jackie Estacado exploding into the Darkness again and again and again, usually surrounded by jibbering goblins. Stjepan Stejic’s art does the most with the concept (Jackie, goblins, Darkness) by playing with the armor designs and not having the exact same art style as every artist in the Top Cow stable.

Brendan McGinley is a long-time writer for ComicBase. His comic favorites include anything featuring Grim Jack, Punisher, Guy Gardner, Green Lantern, or written buy Evan Dorkin, Grant Morrison, Alan Moore, Deadpool… and the list goes on. But he insists he is of discriminating tastes.

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