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The crossover event of the year lives up to the hype. Armageddon is upon us and thirteen characters of the Top Cow universe that are the bearers of the thirteen artifacts are the reason why, including the bearer of the Witchblade Sara Pezzini.
Aphrodite IV kidnapped Sara’s daughter and killed someone very close to her. Sara is put on an emotional roller-coaster. The writing makes this end-of-the-world story unique. All the characters have distinct personalities, and small actions help characterize them. When Sara Pezzini is fighting demons she seems tough and unsympathetic, but when her child is in danger and Sara becomes a caring mother that will do anything – including killing anyone in her way – to get her daughter back.
One thing that topped the story was the art. The demons have an eeriness to them that fits the tone of the story and the colors are even more amazing. One moment you’re in a dark and dingy basement with demons, then a beautifully lit haven flying with the angels. Heaven and Hell have never been contrasted so beautifully.
Little necessities make this comic more enjoyable for the casual reader. The comic has a short origin story in the back featuring the Darkness, so you can get to know the characters if you have not followed them from day one. Even more convenient is House of Cards: The Players of Artifacts section, where the various characters are given a short biography that will have you relating with previously unrecognizable faces.
My only complaint would be that the Armageddon storyline has been done to death over the years, however the story still manages to remain fresh. Even if you are just a casual reader or a complete newbie to the Top Cow universe, pick up this book. You will not be disappointed.
Overall Score – 9.5/10