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Witchblade: Origins (Witchblade Origins #1)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  418 Ratings  ·  44 Reviews
Officer Sara Pezzini is mortally wounded in a Mafia raid at an abandoned theater. As she feels death coming over her, the Witchblade reaches out to her, healing her and attacking everyone else in the theater. Sara awakens in a hospital to learn that her partner has died along with most of the men at the scene. But one man, Kenneth Irons, will do whatever it takes to contro ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 13th 2001 by Image Comics (first published 1997)
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Jul 25, 2011 Justin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
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Brock Beauchamp
Dec 08, 2014 Brock Beauchamp rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
I, like so many others, was sucked into the phenomenon that was Image Comics in the early and mid 90s. Now that I'm a fully-formed adult, I decided to go back and read one of these comics and see how it withstood the test of time.

It didn't.

The character motivations in this book aren't paper-thin; you'll have a hard time finding reasonable motivations at all. Sarah Pezzini is a cop, yet she doesn't pursue a serial killer that is ravaging NYC, instead opting to ogle virtually every male character
I first heard about Witchblade when I was but a noob on the internet (12?13?) as someone whose fanfics I liked also wrote some about Ian Nottingham. I happened upon this while browsing in my local comic shop, and decided to give it a go.

Well, the artwork is very 90s (impossibly musclebound men, gorgeous women whose bodies defy gravity and biology etc), but once I got over the stylised nature of it I didn't find it that distracting. The vertical double page spreads were more irritating though of
Julie Ehlers
The porn-star looks of the heroine--indeed, of all the women here, even the young "innocent" one--really grated on me. Still, this had a compelling story and some beautiful images and ideas.
Kaleigh Norkum-Mathieu
Aug 13, 2016 Kaleigh Norkum-Mathieu rated it did not like it
I wanted to like this, I thought the only thing standing in my way was an outfit clearly overly dedicated to fan service. I was wrong. Sara had the making of an interesting character, she is a homicide detective, she is spunky, she has slight anger issues, she is a take-charge kind of a person. If it were just that then I would have liked the character. Instead, she is a complete asshole to the one guy who is nice to her, basically giving credence to the idea that pretty girls will walk all over ...more
Feb 07, 2015 Michi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's unintentionally hilarious because the art, while fairly clean except for the inexplicable lines all over people's faces, blatantly distorts the female form far past believability while rendering the main character half- or unclothed at every opportunity. Her proportions are worse than Barbie's, and there is no variation at all in the vast array of women's bodies. All have the bee-stung full lips, impossibly tiny waists, and huge breasts and asses of masturbatory aides. Their thighs in most ...more
Oct 31, 2012 Phil rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, fantasy
Collecting the first eight issues of the Witchblade comic in a convenient format, this graphic novel is likely to please existing fans. However, as a newcomer to Witchblade I found the artwork dated and uneven, characterization slight, and the plot clunky.

Witchblade, or at least the beginning collected here, seems very much like a product of its time. In the early '90s, Image Comics and its Top Cow imprint were finding their footing, darker heroes like Spawn were big, and artists like Rob Liefel
Adam Fisher
Apr 23, 2014 Adam Fisher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 Stars.
Witchblade, yet another "banned comic" for me as I was growing up (see Fathom Volume 1 review for that story) turned out just ok for me. The art, Michael Turner drawn, is amazing as always, but does follow the stereotypes towards women that he and other artists (ex. J. Scott Campbell who I also love) tend to base most of their catalog on. However, unlike Fathom and Danger Girl, Witchblade doesn't feature a strong female role model.... at least not yet. Sara Pezzini has all the makings
Yomna hosny
The artwork is incredible. Sara is a great character with ups and downs and weaknesses who seems authentic. The only thing I didn't like was the old fashioned dress code of the 1960s but hopefully that'll get better as the issues progress.
Aidan Brady
Apr 29, 2013 Aidan Brady rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, witchblade, great
Sara Pezzini will always be the one true wielder of our times to me. Death to Danielle Baptiste!
May 22, 2013 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The artwork is awesome. Loved this immediately bought vol 2&3.
Mhairi Penman
May 26, 2013 Mhairi Penman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Made me fall in love with the comic
Dec 31, 2008 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I became interested in Michael Turner's art while reading Silvestri's The Darkness, & found that Mr. Turner had done my favorite representation of Teen Titan Starfire. I also found that he had been in the bar where I work with a mutual friend & I had not known.

Since his untimely passing this year I've decided to start gathering more of his work, maybe because now there won't be any more, & Witchblade is the obvious 1st selection. I'll get to Fathom & Soulfire as my budget permits
I'm new to this series, and new to comics really, but I feel Witchblade is a good place for a Urban Fantasy fan to start. There is a tough female heroine, good looking guys, and some sort of paranormal. Sounds just like a typical urban fantasy novel, except there are bouncing boobs and women in tight clothes on every other page. So I guess this is meant to appeal to guys, but the plot seems to indicate otherwise. The main character thinks a lot, second guesses herself, and isn't really that stro ...more
Initially I was turned off by this GN because of the over-the-top sexy look of the main character. "Starsky never had to do THIS to make a bust." Sorry, I just can't sympathize with a main character who is clearly drawn the way she is to lure male readers. And even the males in Witchblade are drawn to be annoyingly handsome. But then one of my favorite GNs is Transmet which opens with a crazy looking troll of a hermit hillman.

Beyond the looks of the characters, the actual style of the illustrati
The story idea had huge potential, five star potential, pretty much none of it manifested in the story, only in the art. I just put it down to me and the writers being in different genders/ages/realities or something like that.

I give it three stars for the potency of the idea and the artwork - lovely pencils, lovely colouring. I don't mind the porn-star styling so much since at least there was a cute guy in it (Nottingham) but as he turned out to be a huge Bad Thing (boo, hiss)I can only assume
Dec 22, 2014 Arturo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top-cow
Every time I opened an issue up, I closed it and went to read something else. Every time I got thru an issue, I wondered what exactly happened in that issue.
It was just too wordy. Once I prepared myself for the heavy internal monologue, noir type of read. It was easier to follow the 8 issue story arc. Which ran 6 issues too long. Issues 7 and 8 were pretty good, And the art was amazing. But it was still too long
Aug 07, 2015 RamonIV rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you liked the tv show this collection is for you. It reads like the first season. If you haven't seen the show but have been curious what Witchblade is all about, this is a great jumping on point. The art is very 90's and the dialogue is very action B-movie. If that's your thing then this trade-paperback/graphic novel is for you.
Heather Fryling
Witchblade, the land of improbable proportions, g-strings that never end, and most importantly, dramatic hair. If you're into this type of thing, this is a decent offering. I was curious to see this 90's classic. I think I'm done now.
The Man In The Hat
It took me several days to finish this book. Never a good sign for a comic TPB.
Witchbalde has a reputation for "bad girl art" and in the later stories that I've been reading it really doesn't deserve it. But here in these early stories, it is easy to see why. Too much attention is paid to double page spreads of young ladies not wearing much and not enough attention is paid to the plotting. All the plot seems to come in the last two issues while the first six issues could easily have been condens
Dec 14, 2014 Tyler rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Maybe a 2.5... A little too 90s. A little two over sexualized, art was a little inconsistent and it was a little wordy. Now I'm at least aware of the origin.
Jun 05, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing
lovingly and beautifully drawn by Michael Turner this story of how Sara Pezzini GOT the Witchblade and her first encounters with Ian Nottingham and Kenneth Irons is a great story's beginning.

First there was the legal thing when Michael Turner left Image/Top Cow and then started AspenMLT and now he's dead. Don't look for a re-collection of the earlier stories again.


Witchblade #1 4-30-2008
Witchblade #2 5-1-2008
Witchblade #3 5-2-2008
Witchblade #4 5-3-2008
Witchblade #5 5-4-2008
Witchblade #6
I've seen Witchblade here and there, so I though I'd just pick up an origins to see how it all started. Wasn't particularly impressed with the plot, which felt a bit simple and somewhat drawn out. The artwork and style was impressive, although that might depend on how you feel about double page spreads of ladies not very much, as well as unrealistic shredding of clothing items. Lots of internal monologue showing up as captions, a bit more than I'd expected in a comic book, so it was kinda nice; ...more
Jun 29, 2009 aaron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
this witchblade collection brings together the first eight issues of the popular comic by top cow. it is a story about a powerful weapon that is essentially a bracelet but will transform itself into a gauntlet when the wearer is in battle. sara pezzini (nypd) finds the witchblade and becomes its wearer whether she wanted it or not. what follows is eight issues of intrigue as sara and her partners attempt to take down the criminal mastermind kenneth irons and his lackey, hitman ian nottingham. th ...more
Aug 07, 2016 Tina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
I need more Nottingham. Interesting story. It made me curious to try out the next volume
Oct 26, 2015 Tomas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So what do we have here. Alien tech on the body of a super sexy cop. What could possibly go wrong ? I cannot think of anything. This is well-written well-drawn and it is fun to read.
Adam Luptak
Sep 11, 2012 Adam Luptak rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, top-cow
Having read later Witchblade arcs (helmed by Ron Marz), I was quite interested to check out the beginning of the Witchblade story, but found this volume disappointing. The characters are fairly half baked, the writing is mediocre, and it would benefit from a proofreader. The "cheesecake" art, which in later books hardly extends beyond the covers, is on full display, with much ridiculous shredding of clothing. I still would like to read more of the back catalogue, but this volume has given me pau ...more
João Pereira
Aug 23, 2015 João Pereira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This volume compiles the first eight issues of the series. I met Witchblade due to having read Tomb Raider / Witchblade which I liked a lot, and it mades me want to learn more about Sara Pezinni - her story.
In these days, we began to get used to heroines like Xena, Lara Croft, Sydney Bristow among others and now Miss Sara Pezinni, being she a detective and since we met her, her life was not easier.
I liked the story, liked the drawings - Mr. Michael Turner was a great artist.
harlequin {Stephanie}
Great art in most panels, some character portrayals were so far off as to grate on ones eyeballs. Didn't like the ridiculous model poses either. Hopefully that will level out.

The writing was unreadably cheesy. Loved Ian. (view spoiler)

Sep 01, 2011 Sean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
An unexpectedly good read. The writing plays out like a film noir, with heavy amounts of monologue. The story is written almost as though the writers wanted it to be what the eventual movie would be. There'll be a few elements that don't work for most, and the covers are fairly deceptive of the content. Still a recommended read for any comic book/graphic novel fans.
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