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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 the power comes with a heavy cost, and Alex finds herself thrust into the center of an unseen battle raging on the snowy str 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 the power comes with a heavy cost, and Alex finds herself thrust into the center of an unseen battle raging on the snowy streets of NYC. Demons are real and walking among humans, and every one of them is intent on taking out the Witchblade's newest host before she becomes too strong to kill. But the artifact chose Alex for a reason, and she's not going down without a fight. Collects Issues #1-6


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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 the power comes with a heavy cost, and Alex finds herself thrust into the center of an unseen battle raging on the snowy str 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 the power comes with a heavy cost, and Alex finds herself thrust into the center of an unseen battle raging on the snowy streets of NYC. Demons are real and walking among humans, and every one of them is intent on taking out the Witchblade's newest host before she becomes too strong to kill. But the artifact chose Alex for a reason, and she's not going down without a fight. Collects Issues #1-6

30 review for Witchblade Volume 1

  1. 3 out of 5

    Diana

    Rating 3.5 Book received from Edelweiss Review to Come

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Witchblade Volume 1 is an excellent introduction to the reboot of the Witchblade series with gorgeous art and a fantastic set of new characters. Alex Underwood’s life changed forever when she was gunned down and left for dead on a NYC rooftop. But instead of dying as she was supposed to, Alex became the host for the Witchblade, an artifact that gives the woman who holds it immense power. This volume includes the first six issues in the reboot series which, with a few pacing issues aside, are a sol Witchblade Volume 1 is an excellent introduction to the reboot of the Witchblade series with gorgeous art and a fantastic set of new characters. Alex Underwood’s life changed forever when she was gunned down and left for dead on a NYC rooftop. But instead of dying as she was supposed to, Alex became the host for the Witchblade, an artifact that gives the woman who holds it immense power. This volume includes the first six issues in the reboot series which, with a few pacing issues aside, are a solid introduction to the characters and backstory of the Witchblade. There are times in the story where you suddenly shift scenes which was a bit jarring and throws off the pacing, but thankfully it didn’t happen too often. The art in this volume is gorgeous with amazing use of color and I very much enjoyed it. Alex is an excellent main character, a former journalist who now works as a victim’s advocate with some darkness of her own in her past. Alex is at first in denial about the Witchblade, but we get to see her slowly come to accept it and at times even embrace the power it gives her. Through a mysterious character named Ash, a guardian who protects the Witchblade, we learn about what is expected of the host of the Witchblade. When Ash is less forthcoming with information than Alex would like, she turns to a friend with his own shady past who helps her find out more. Overall I really enjoyed Witchblade Volume 1 and I’m excited to see where the story goes from here. I may have to start reading this in single issues as this volume ends on a cliffhanger and I’m dying to know more. **I received an advance copy of this book from Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.**

  3. 5 out of 5

    Liz (Quirky Cat)

    For the sake of honesty, I should probably start off this review by telling you that up until this series reboot, I didn’t know much about Witchblade. Actually, other than knowing it is a reboot I didn’t know anything at all. Still, there were a couple of things that drew my attention to this ‘new’ series, and it was enough to make me want to give it a try. The first time I heard about the Witchblade reboot was from a facebook post by one of my favorite authors. You can probably guess who I’m For the sake of honesty, I should probably start off this review by telling you that up until this series reboot, I didn’t know much about Witchblade. Actually, other than knowing it is a reboot I didn’t know anything at all. Still, there were a couple of things that drew my attention to this ‘new’ series, and it was enough to make me want to give it a try. The first time I heard about the Witchblade reboot was from a facebook post by one of my favorite authors. You can probably guess who I’m talking about, but I’ll lay it all out for you. Caitlin Kittredge was talking about the newly rebooted series she was working on, and basically how excited she was about it. So obviously that caught my interest – I’m always looking for new books by my favorite authors. Then I realized it was a graphic novel. I was more excited than I should have been by that realization – but I love seeing my favorite authors try out new mediums, so this was really cool for me. More than that though, the artwork I was seeing was absolutely beautiful. I couldn’t have asked for more; a fantastic author and a talented artist all in one? Yes please! All that being said; I can safely and honestly tell you that you don’t need to have been a Witchblade fan to understand what is happening here. Sure, I may have missed some subtleties and references, but on the whole I really enjoyed the experience and am looking forward to more. (view spoiler)[ This was a great start to a new series; there are events that immediately pulled me into the story, even though the artwork alone was probably enough to keep me turning the page. I had been a little worried that this series would pick up where the original Witchblade had ended (because then I wouldn’t have understood what was going on) but thankfully that wasn’t the case. Alex Underwood was a reporter, now she works in witness protection, and she’s pretty amazing at her job. That’s probably the reason she got killed. Now she’s the Witchblade, even if she spends more time than not resisting that fact. To be honest, it’s kind of hard to blame her. I really enjoyed all of the buildup and backstory for Alex. Having her day job be a witness protection agent is ironically perfect. Granted, I was cringing at the idea of a witness protect agent going missing while on an active case, only to have a restraining order fall through because of her absence. That seems like some sort of giveaway, doesn’t it? One would think that, at least. But, sadly, it does help establish Alex as being part of the real world – where things don’t always work out as ideally as one would hope. Luckily Alex has a lot of support in her life, all things considered. What’s interesting is how different each of those characters ends up being. One is the stereotypical boss/kickass friend, which I think Alex desperately needed, so I don’t really mind the stereotype. Meanwhile Majil reminded me of Harry Dresden, in a way. Just without the ability to cast magic (picture the magical artifact stash, the bravado, the charm, and the arrogance of Harry, and you’ve basically got this guy). And finally our mystery guy, Asher (love the name). If I had to guess I’d say he’s very long lived, as opposed to actively trying to conceal his identity (though he’s totally doing that a bit too). I don’t really understand his connection or motivations yet, but I’m sure we’ll get there. As for the Witchblade part of the plot…consider me interested. Again, I don’t know much about the Witchblade origin or history, but I really enjoyed what I’ve been seeing here. They did a good job of building up the intrigue – Alex’s resistant personality actually really helped with that, and threat level. The use of lower left and scummy people of the city was an interesting choice, and not one you’d expect from a supernatural being (which is probably why it worked). And that personal twist on Alex’s life? Yikes. I can’t wait to see where that leads us. I’m really happy I decided to give this series a try. I pretty much loved everything about it, from the characters to the look of the Witchblade, down to the villains and setup. I’m curious about where the plot will go next, and just how much we’ll be seeing of the secondary characters (I hope they all hang around). (hide spoiler)] For more reviews, check out Quirky Cat's Fat Stacks

  4. 3 out of 5

    Diane Hernandez

    “We call it the Witchblade. It is a weapon against evil, against all the darkness the world has to offer.” The Witchblade has returned. Alex Underwood, former reporter now a victim witness advocate, is killed. After awakening, she has mysterious dreams about her death. As Alex works to understand her new powers and their connection to the Witchblade, she increasing relies on a mysterious stranger named Ash. In the meantime, demons, scavengers and bad cops all attempt to bring her down to take con “We call it the Witchblade. It is a weapon against evil, against all the darkness the world has to offer.” The Witchblade has returned. Alex Underwood, former reporter now a victim witness advocate, is killed. After awakening, she has mysterious dreams about her death. As Alex works to understand her new powers and their connection to the Witchblade, she increasing relies on a mysterious stranger named Ash. In the meantime, demons, scavengers and bad cops all attempt to bring her down to take control of the Witchblade. The art of Witchblade is stellar. The change of type and color of the lettering as well as the color of the speech balloons and captions make it easy to tell who is speaking—even when they reside in the same body. However, the plot moves rather slowly for a superhero comic. It doesn’t have the feeling of dread usually felt in a horror comic either. I never read the original Witchblade comics or saw the television show. Perhaps that is why the plot seems rather blah. Or it might just be all the backstories of Alex, the Witchblade, the scavengers, Ash, the demon, the bad cops and various friends of Alex. I realize that it needs to be said but it probably could have been spread out a bit more to allow more action in these six chapters. Still I’m looking forward to the next chapters in Alex and the Witchblade’s life. 3 stars. Thanks to the publisher, Image Comics/Diamond Books, and Edelweiss+ for an advanced copy.

  5. 3 out of 5

    Mikky (Nocturnal Predators Reviews)

    Check out more or my reviews at: *I received a free copy of this graphic novel from the publisher via Edelweiss. As of recently, I’ve been trying to get into graphic novels. They sound really fun and I’ve heard so any people saying such good things about so many of them that I wanted to give them a few tries. The few I’ve read in the past years were good, but nothing ever blew me away. This one, on the other hand, started to do just that. I love how strong and bad*ss the heroine is. I also like ( Check out more or my reviews at: *I received a free copy of this graphic novel from the publisher via Edelweiss. As of recently, I’ve been trying to get into graphic novels. They sound really fun and I’ve heard so any people saying such good things about so many of them that I wanted to give them a few tries. The few I’ve read in the past years were good, but nothing ever blew me away. This one, on the other hand, started to do just that. I love how strong and bad*ss the heroine is. I also like (from an interview I read about how the authors went about rebooting this series) the overall message of female empowerment. I like that (up to this point) the heroine’s transformation isn’t overtly sexy and the art style has a beautiful and laid back quality to everything. I’ve never read the original Witchblade graphic novels, so I have nothing to compare this to. I like what I’ve seen so far and am intending to continue reading this series.

  6. 3 out of 5

    Ruthsic

    The reboot of the Witchblade series brings Alex Underwood, a journalist and witness counselor, as the new vessel for the artifact. Alex is very resistant to the artifact, and wants to do things her way, but when she finds out that the monsters she is dealing with are much more than human, she has to start giving in to the powers that chose her. There are demons prowling the city, and controlling a lot of people and they don't want her to get too comfortable with her Witchblade. Alongside this, i The reboot of the Witchblade series brings Alex Underwood, a journalist and witness counselor, as the new vessel for the artifact. Alex is very resistant to the artifact, and wants to do things her way, but when she finds out that the monsters she is dealing with are much more than human, she has to start giving in to the powers that chose her. There are demons prowling the city, and controlling a lot of people and they don't want her to get too comfortable with her Witchblade. Alongside this, is the general urban fantasy trope of only her seeing the things that go bump in the night, as well as her presence at the crime scenes that is inexplicable to a police officer who doesn't entirely believe her. This volume has a fast-paced origin story and a major villain combined with some good artwork. I loved the character designs and the attention to detail. On a characterization level, Alex herself has a past that makes her sympathetic to women who are victimized, and she has seen a lot of evil things in her past, which grants her a bit of resilience when it comes to seeing the things the demons do. Helping her is Asher, who is an unknown entity himself - he just wants to protect the artifact and whoever is temporarily wielding it is secondary, but he helps her out nevertheless. His past itself is complicated and there are hints suggesting he is immortal. The other secondary characters include Majil, a person who deals in antiquities and her friend, the ADA. (Honestly, this trio gave me iZombie vibes!) There were a few instances where I felt the plot felt shaky. Like, it is never told where and when Alex gets the bracelet (it is shown on her hand right from the first chronological appearance of her character); also how does it appear on different women across the world throughout the centuries? Is it just appearing, or it is the old 'found it' story? There was also some confusion as to how many supernatural creatures she was fighting (when unconscious) and which one was the spirit of her artifact. Overall, though, it is a good start to the series, and definitely has me intrigued in the universe it has set up. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Image Comics, via Edelweiss.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Paul Allard

    Another look at the Witchblade legend - a new creative tram - quite good. This latest look at the Witchblade brings us a new possessor of the Witchblade with all her problems and doubts. It introduces a whole load of subordinate characters and the whole thing works well even if the reader is not familiar with previous incarnations. The plot moves along at a reasonable pace and the illustrations are not as refined as in previous series but are still of good quality. Quite good stuff – and now on t Another look at the Witchblade legend - a new creative tram - quite good. This latest look at the Witchblade brings us a new possessor of the Witchblade with all her problems and doubts. It introduces a whole load of subordinate characters and the whole thing works well even if the reader is not familiar with previous incarnations. The plot moves along at a reasonable pace and the illustrations are not as refined as in previous series but are still of good quality. Quite good stuff – and now on to Volume 2.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Beth Younge

    I was dissapointed with this book as i went into it expecting to enjoy it and instead pushed through the final third for the sake of the review. I really liked the premise about this bracelet that sensed evil and this belonged to one female fighter at a time. This gave me Buffy vibes in places but it paled in comparison. I liked the main character of Alex throughout most of it but there were moments were i just didn't care what happened to her. Overall, it's an interesting volume 1 and i liked t I was dissapointed with this book as i went into it expecting to enjoy it and instead pushed through the final third for the sake of the review. I really liked the premise about this bracelet that sensed evil and this belonged to one female fighter at a time. This gave me Buffy vibes in places but it paled in comparison. I liked the main character of Alex throughout most of it but there were moments were i just didn't care what happened to her. Overall, it's an interesting volume 1 and i liked the attempt to tell that story but the way it was done was lacking for me. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Arden Belrose

    I'm going into this without any previous knowledge of the series. The story-telling didn't live up to my expectations but the illustrations were fantastic! I loved the colors and style and the font. As for why I didn't like the story-telling? I can sense the potential but this version of Witchblade(cool name, eh?) felt kinda messy. There was a lot going on; some side stories, flashbacks and hallucinations, aside from the main plot. Often, chapters started from a different point which gave an over I'm going into this without any previous knowledge of the series. The story-telling didn't live up to my expectations but the illustrations were fantastic! I loved the colors and style and the font. As for why I didn't like the story-telling? I can sense the potential but this version of Witchblade(cool name, eh?) felt kinda messy. There was a lot going on; some side stories, flashbacks and hallucinations, aside from the main plot. Often, chapters started from a different point which gave an overall disjointed feel and caused confusion. A lot of back and forth between all of these. It ended on a cliffhanger and I think it was a nicely placed one, makes you want to read the next in the series! I received a copy of this book, with thanks to Diamond Books and Edelweiss, in return for an honest review. My opinions remain unbiased regardless.

  10. 4 out of 5

    The Lost Dreamer

    It took me a couple of issues to get into this story, but I've finished it deeply in love with Alex. I really like her background. I love and admire her strength, her way of embracing power. I've never been a fan of the Witchblade comics, but this one has clearly connected with me. With a non-sexualized female protagonist whose story I can relate with. She's strong but jet, human. She's inspiring. I like that these first comics aren't devoted to find a romantic interest for her. There are much b It took me a couple of issues to get into this story, but I've finished it deeply in love with Alex. I really like her background. I love and admire her strength, her way of embracing power. I've never been a fan of the Witchblade comics, but this one has clearly connected with me. With a non-sexualized female protagonist whose story I can relate with. She's strong but jet, human. She's inspiring. I like that these first comics aren't devoted to find a romantic interest for her. There are much better things to talk about. Also, I love the bright and alien colors. I think there are some really beautifuly drawn pages in this comic. Really enjoyable and easy to read. I can't wait for the next issues.

  11. 3 out of 5

    Destiny Bridwell

    I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I remember watching a show on tv when I was a child. I think that is what drew me to read this. It centers around Alex who was chosen by the witchblade. She does everything in her power to do this on her own, but when the evil because too much for her to deal with she has to accept the power and become the hero the city needs. There are those that are after her and the power that she now possess. They want her gone before she can come I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I remember watching a show on tv when I was a child. I think that is what drew me to read this. It centers around Alex who was chosen by the witchblade. She does everything in her power to do this on her own, but when the evil because too much for her to deal with she has to accept the power and become the hero the city needs. There are those that are after her and the power that she now possess. They want her gone before she can come into her full power and then there will be no killing her then. It was well drawn and the story flowed well. It was good to go back to my comic roots. 

  12. 3 out of 5

    Elyse

    3.5 stars I have been a fan of Wichblade for many years and was quite sad when the series end. Not sure how I feel about this reboot without Sarah as the main character. The 90’s sexiness of Witchblade is gone, there is so more gauntlet, nor spikey armor. One good thing, they kept the concept of the thirteen Artifacts, so hopefully they will include the Darkness & the Angelus is future issues. The story is more focus on the characters, I am intrigued by the mysterious Ash. I am pretty neutral o 3.5 stars I have been a fan of Wichblade for many years and was quite sad when the series end. Not sure how I feel about this reboot without Sarah as the main character. The 90’s sexiness of Witchblade is gone, there is so more gauntlet, nor spikey armor. One good thing, they kept the concept of the thirteen Artifacts, so hopefully they will include the Darkness & the Angelus is future issues. The story is more focus on the characters, I am intrigued by the mysterious Ash. I am pretty neutral on my opinion of Alex Underwood, 6 issues are a little bit short to judge. Will continue to check this out, it could be promising.

  13. 3 out of 5

    Crusader

    Read full review on the blog - Worlds in Ink While I enjoyed reading Witchblade Vol 1, I felt that the story and artwork lacked detail and depth at times. I would have loved to have seen more Witchblade lore being revealed and the Witchblade itself being more of a focal point. The reboot certainly has promise and it will be interesting to see where the all-female creative team takes it next.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Gareth Brown

    Read as single issues, a pleasing new take on Witchblade. More emphasis on story than appearances.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    Not a huge success, but not an abject failure – this is a decent-enough origin story for a female demon-hunter, but the story certainly gets bogged down with multiple baddies, ghosts and whatnot.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Anthony ➳ KeepReadingForward ➳

    3.5 Stars This was interesting. RTC.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Joe Jones

    A nice updating of the Witchblade story with some really good artwork. I will have to see where the story goes from here.

  18. 3 out of 5

    Nate

  19. 3 out of 5

    Sally

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brenda "Brie"

  21. 4 out of 5

    Larakaa

  22. 4 out of 5

    Myra

  23. 4 out of 5

    David

  24. 5 out of 5

    Adrienne

  25. 3 out of 5

    Stardust

  26. 5 out of 5

    Efb1992

  27. 3 out of 5

    Natalia HA

  28. 3 out of 5

    Brian

  29. 4 out of 5

    Remy'S Dad

  30. 4 out of 5

    Zox

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