Written by Ron Marz
Art by Abhishek Malsuni
Inked by Zsolt H. Garisa
Colors by Neeraj Menon, Nanjan Jamberi
Letters by Troy Peteri
Written by Matt Hawkins
Art by Michael Turner, Stjepan Sejic, Linda Sejic, Isaac Goodhart, Phillip Sevy, Nelson Blake II, Randy Green
Inked by D-Tron
Colors by J.D. Smith & Bill Farmer
Letters by Troy Peteri
Cover A by Michael Turner & Brian Haberlin
Cover B by Keu Cha, D-Tron, & Steve Firchow
Covers C & D by Stjepan Sejic
Top Cow Productions, Inc.
Release Date: November 25, 2015
Cover Price: $5.99
NOOOOOOOOO!!!! That was my first reaction upon hearing the news that one of my longest-running addictions was coming to an end. And during its twentieth anniversary year, no less. What horrible thing did I do to earn such a cruel punishment?! How can Witchblade #185 be the end?
Too much has gone on, too much has come before. How in the world do you wrap it up after such a long and amazing run? My first inclination was to email Matt Hawkins and ask why?! Dude, I thought we were cool! Heck, I even got a Witchblade tattoo several years back, that’s how much I love this series!
Always known for its amazing art, this series has turned from what I would have considered to be a “bad girl” comic (prevalent in the nineties) to a more mature, more encompassing comic in its later years. Michael Turner‘s original run on this book is what sealed my fate two decades ago. He was a master at his craft and it still breaks my heart that he shook loose from this mortal coil (rest in peace, good sir). There have been many artists and a multitude of writers, as well. In every incarnation, every change, the book remained faithful to its roots. An artifact of tremendous power was roaming the earth and it needed a vessel through which to do its work.
As the universe expanded for Top Cow, so did the world of the Witchblade. Now known to be one of the thirteen eternal Artifacts, its powers and strength seem to change over time and by association with particular people. Readers have seen Sara Pezzini combat everything from The Darkness to The Angelus (the actual parents of the Witchblade, odd as it sounds). We have seen her grow stronger in her acceptance and use of her gift, it has even helped shape her will and self-esteem. For all its dangers, Sara benefited immensely from her acceptance of the Witchblade. That’s what makes it so hard to see the series end. I feel like Sara’s story isn’t over yet.
Now, to be fair, I am not really going to delve too deep into the two stories from Ron Marz and Matt Hawkins in this comic. Suffice to say, it does end well, almost perfectly you might say. And as always, the art is superb; I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the great artists in this issue: Michael Turner, Stjepan Sejic, Abhishek Malsuni, Linda Sejic, Isaac Goodhart, Phillip Sevy, Nelson Blake II, and Randy Green. Anyone who knows me knows I love everything from Sejic, but everyone mentioned contributed to this final issue.
The Witchblade is eternal but Sara has been carrying that burden for a really long time. She has saved the world, the public, and occasionally even herself but it has taken a toll. Read this issue to close this chapter, it’s loaded with emotion. I know we will continue to see the Witchblade in future comics, I just hope to see Sara on occasion, too. There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. If you have ever read and enjoyed this series, then you must pick this up.