By Todd Allen
Roughly 9 years ago Mark Millar and Jae Lee teamed up for a crossover one-shot between Top Cow and Dynamite (or should I say, Dynamic Forces, back then) called Witchblade: Demon. Dynamite is releasing a sequel in July, titled Witchblade: Demon Reborn. The follow-up is written by Ande Parks and illustrated by Jose Luis. In a bit of a twist, they’re keeping the price at $3.99 and reprinting the original Millar/Lee story in the same issue.
WITCHBLADE: DEMON REBORN, THE SEQUEL TO WITCHBLADE: DEMON FROM DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT AND TOP COW PRODUCTIONS!!!
INCLUDES THE ORIGINAL STORY BY MARK MILLAR AND JAE LEE! 48 PAGES AT NO EXTRA COST!!!
ARRIVING IN COMIC STORES JULY 2012!
April 6th, 2011, Runnemede, NJ – In the sequel to the Mark Millar/Jae Lee original story, Witchblade: Demon, comes Witchblade: Demon Reborn #1 this upcoming July from Dynamite Entertainment and Top Cow Productions! Witchblade: Demon Reborn #1 is written by Ande Parks and drawn by Jose Luis, with covers by Dennis Calero and Jae Lee! The issue also includes the original Mark Millar/Jae Lee story at no extra cost! Witchblade: Demon Reborn will maintain its $3.99 price point, and include the original story for a 48-page oversized comic book!
In Witchblade: Demon Reborn #1, Sara Pezzini and The Witchblade sent a serial killer who thought himself a demon to hell. A year later, the “Demon” has learned what true torment is all about. Now, he’s been offered a special opportunity by hell’s bureaucrats: a chance to drag Sara back down with him. Sara Pezzini must confront her own demons to avoid losing everything and everyone she loves. Make sure to get Witchblade: Demon Reborn this upcoming July at comic book stores everywhere!
“The Witchblade has sent a lot of bad people to hell over the centuries. WITCHBLADE: DEMON REBORN gives us a chance to see what happens when one of them comes back,” says writer Ande Parks. “Mark Millar and Jae Lee created a character they called The Demon several years ago, in a Witchblade/Demon crossover one shot. Since then, Demon has discovered, at the hands of a genuine demon in the pits of hell, just how petty and insignificant he really was on earth. As Sara Pezzini has been getting on with her life, Demon has been going through some very unique and specialized tortures in hell. He’s also been collecting a lot of hatred and resentment toward the woman that sent him there. Our series sends Demon back to earth for a short time in an effort to exact his revenge against Sara and the Witchblade. More important than the Demon’s schemes, though, is how they reveal Sara’s ongoing struggle to keep the Witchblade and her life under control. Hosting the Witchblade allows Sara to help rid the earth of some people we’re all better off without, but it’s also a burden. WTICHBLADE: DEMON REBORN looks at that burden very closely, examining the toll living with the Witchblade exacts on Sara and the people she loves. So, we’ve got all kinds of bloody, hellfire action, along with a penetrating look at what it’s like to be the Witchblade’s host. It’s a dark story that has been really fun to work on. I think readers who dig Witchblade, demons, or just police procedurals are going to really dig it.”
“We had a strong story to follow up to the original Mark Millar/Jae Lee one-shot,” says Dynamite Entertainment President and Publisher Nick Barrucci. “I am thrilled that Top Cow was kind enough to allow us to publish it!”
“The original Witchblade/Demon one shot by Mark Millar and Jae Lee is a classic by two industry giants,” adds Publisher of Top Cow Productions, Inc. Filip Sablik. “Ande Parks and Jose Luis have some big shoes to fill. Luckily, from what I’ve seen, fans shouldn’t be disappointed!”
Todd Allen wears a lot of hats. At various times he’s been (alphabetically), a bouncer, college professor, humor columnist, Internet producer and an NBA/WNBA Beat Writer, among other things. He’s the author of Economics of Digital Comics. You should probably read it.