This week, one of Top Cow’s top franchises, Witchblade, hits two milestones with a single issue. Witchblade began way back in 1995 from the super-creative minds of David Wohl and Marc Silvestri and here it is, 16 years later, the title is reaching its momentous 150th issue. For any title to reach 150 issues is something fantastic. It proves that not only does it have the ravenous fanbase necessary to maintain popularity, but it’s managed to collect the right creative teams who bring out the best of each issue, both art- and story-wise.

Which brings me to my next point. The December issue with mark the last for writer Ron Marz, who has been on the title nearly half it’s run. For the past 71 issues, Marz has brought an enormous amount of depth to Sara Pezzini, wielder of the mystical artifact known as the Witchblade, and made her into a tough protagonist while maintaining the softer, emotional side that makes her so interesting. Though the title loses one of the best writers it could have had, Marz is replaced by yet another top writer in the industry, Hack/Slash creator Tim Seeley.

Thankfully, Top Cow is celebrating the issue with style, with a retrospective of Marz and artist Stjepan Sejic’s immortal run on the title. Check out the press release below for more info on the anniversary issue.

Art by Stjepan SejicImage Comics and Top Cow Productions are proudly spotlighting the landmark 150th issue of their iconic original comic book series this week with an over-sized issue full of extras. Witchblade #150 also marks Ron Marz’s 70th consecutively written issue of one of the longest running comics with a single female lead, and a major turning point in the life of Sara Pezzini.

 

In addition to providing a story that serves as a fitting conclusion to Marz and artist Stjepan Sejic’s critically acclaimed run, Witchblade #150 will also serve as a retrospective of their contributions and the longevity of the series overall. As a special bonus, the issue also includes preview material for Witchblade #151, when the new creative team of Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash) and Diego Bernard (The Man With No Name) take the reins of Top Cow’s flagship title.

 

Art by Mike Choi“It’s bittersweet, definitely,” Marz reflected. “Sara has been an almost daily presence in my life for more than seven years, so it feels a little weird to be going our separate ways, at least in terms of the Witchblade monthly. But even if this seems like Stjepan and I are breaking up with Sara, I know we’ll see her again in Artifacts. Sara will definitely be a presence in that book going forward. So we’ll be reunited. And, uh, it feels so good.”

 

New York City Police Detective Sara Pezzini is the bearer of the Witchblade, a mysterious Artifact that takes the form of a deadly and powerful gauntlet. Sara must try to control the Witchblade and learn its secrets, even as she investigates the city’s strangest, most supernatural crimes. Pezzini has carefully balanced her responsibilities as a police officer with her duties as bearer of the Witchblade for years, but now Lieutenant Phipps, from the Internal Affairs department, threatens to take one of these away from her. In this emotionally charged issue, Sara will be forced to make a decision that will impact the direction of Witchblade for a long time to come.

 

Witchblade #150, a 48-page full-color super hero comic book, will be available in stores and digital platforms on December 14th. This landmark issue will ship with four covers by Stjepan Sejic (JUL110410), Michael Broussard (JUL110411), Mike Choi (JUL110412), and a remastered cover by Michael Turner(JUL110413). Witchblade #151 (AUG110425) will be available in stores and digital platforms on January 4th. For more information on the Witchblade series, please visit www.topcow.com.

 

Art by Michael Broussard

 

Art by Michael Turner