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So I guess Witchblade just ended

Discussion in 'Comic Book Culture' started by Peter Paltridge, Dec 23, 2015.

  1. Peter Paltridge

    Peter Paltridge Knows about rock people
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    This cover just went up on comics.org. "Series finale," it says.

    Can't say I'm surprised, now that the industry is finally starting to move away from the Boy's Club mentality it's proclaimed proudly since the late 80's. They're introducing new female superheroes who actually wear clothes, act like actual women, have a normal chest size, etc....and a growing female audience is buying them. The strategy of aiming at the lowest end of a gender-specific market by printing what is essentially soft porn is dying, and good riddance to it.

    This cover alone illustrates the problem: it looks like an old 90's comic. The art is ugly, sleazy and exploitative. And if you look closely, yes, there are tentacles involved.

    This is still a recognizable IP, which is sheer gold in this crowded market, but the bigger problem is that Witchblade's premise makes it impossible to reboot for a growing female interest in comics without radically changing the entire thing. It is about an organic superweapon that can become full-body armor, but only after it's ripped its host's clothes off. The new audience for comics would be just put off by this.
     
  2. W.C.Reaf

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    You should really catch up on Witchblade, the series essentially did a soft reboot in 2008 and they called in Ron Marz and said to him "we want to make this book good and get away from its well justified reputation." So Marz came on and the cheesecake was replaced with a great urban fantasy story, the blade stopped ripping off clothes for fanservice and instead actually became full body armour. The only parts where the cheesecake still existed was, sadly, a lot of the covers where they kept using it as a selling point. But that finale cover is just a reprint of the first cover ever made for the series.

    It's also not the end of Witchblade either, there's a spin-off called Switch out done by Stjepan Sejic. It's essentially a teen AU with the added hook that the former Witchblade bearers are directly talking to her and advising her. It's actually a lot of fun. There's 2 issues out now and I'd recommend picking it up, and spreading the word around as it's currently in the difficult place of "will it be cancelled or not" as possibly not enough people are buying/spreading the word about it.
     
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