[Preview] Image Comics/Top Cow’s WITCHBLADE Vol. 1 TPB Puts Contemporary Spin on Classic Character/Comic

A CONTEMPORARY SPIN ON A CLASSIC COMIC—
WITCHBLADE, VOL. 1 TPB WILL HIT STORES THIS JULY

The new story is packed with Buffy-esque action and Jessica Jones-like character drama

Writer Caitlin Kittredge (THROWAWAYS, Coffin Hill) artist Roberta Ingranata, colorist Bryan Valenza, and letterer Troy Peteri put a contemporary spin on the classic WITCHBLADE—first co-created by Image Comics co-founder and partner, Marc Silvestri, with Brian Haberlin, Michael Turner, and David Wohl—WITCHBLADE, VOL. 1 trade paperback will collect issues #1-6. It will hit stores this July from Image Comics/Top Cow Productions.

Gunned down and left for dead on a New York rooftop, Alex Underwood’s life should have ended there—but instead, at the moment of death, she became host to The Witchblade, a mystical artifact that grants the woman wielding it extraordinary powers. But those powers come with a heavy cost, and Alex soon finds herself thrust into the center of an unseen battle raging on the snowy streets of NYC.

Select praise for the new WITCHBLADE:

“I dug the hell out of this first issue and am excited to see where this series goes.
I guess I’m a Witchblade fan now.”
—Nerdist

“The work that Kittredge and Ingranata have put into this issue is more than obvious and may end up being more memorable than the original’s legacy. They have captured and injected a world of emotion into these pages bringing this property out of the 90s and into the modern times.”
—Comicosity

“Sharp, powerful and cutting urban fantasy…What Ingranata and Valenza are creating
is a fusion of minimal indie comics-style art and high energy urban action comic book storytelling.”
—Monkeys Fighting Robots

“Witchblade is back in action but with a modern day Image Comics glow!”
—Snap Pow

“There’s enough of the original mythos present that longtime readers can find their way around, but this new beginning is also accessible enough that brand new readers…this is exactly what the series needed to move forward.”
—ComicCon.com

“It does an excellent job creating a story that is intriguing and allows readers to
ease into the legend of the Witchblade… the future is bright for the franchise.”
—Rogues Portal

“Every panel has a sense of urgency to its composition and the splash of bright colors is restrained until a bloody explosion is shown with a vibrancy for emphasis. It’s a very post-Jessica Jones comic, but the juxtaposition of the trauma-centric themes with the urban fantasy setting make this a comic with a lot of potential.”
—Newsarama

“Ingranata and Valenza’s art is stellar. They’ve set this story in a very realistic New York City, that’s also the setting of a horror movie. The deep shadows, the strange angles, all contribute to a story that’s more ghost story than the supernatural superhero of the previous volume of Witchblade.”
—ComicBuzz

PREVIEW PAGES

WITCHBLADE, VOL. 1 (ISBN: 978-1-5343-0685-1, Diamond Code MAY180096) will hit comic book stores on Wednesday, July 11th and bookstores on Tuesday, July 17th. It can be pre-ordered on AmazonBarnes & Noble, Books-a-Million, IndieBound, and Indigo.


ABOUT TOP COW PRODUCTIONS

Top Cow Productions, Inc. is a Los Angeles-based entertainment company founded in December 1992 by Marc Silvestri. Top Cow currently publishes its line of comic books in 21 languages in over 55 different countries.
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ABOUT IMAGE COMICS

Image Comics is a comic book and graphic novel publisher founded in 1992 by a collective of best-selling artists. Image has since gone on to become one of the largest comics publishers in the United States. Image currently has five partners: Robert Kirkman, Erik Larsen, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. It consists of five major houses: Todd McFarlane Productions, Top Cow Productions, Shadowline, Skybound and Image Central. Image publishes comics and graphic novels in nearly every genre, sub-genre, and style imaginable. It offers science fiction, fantasy, romance, horror, crime fiction, historical fiction, humor and more by the finest artists and writers working in the medium today. For more information, visit www.imagecomics.com.

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