Review: Witchblood #1 (Vault Comics)

Writer: Matthew Erman
Artist: Lisa Sterle
Colourist: Gab Contreras
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Designer: Tim Daniel 
On Sale: 31/03/2021

Vault comics delivers another blood pumping smash hit with Witchblood, a comic which crosses Buffy with The Lost Boys.

PLOT AND STORY 

A modern wild west road trip about a witch named Yonna cruising the southwest as a band of bloodthirsty biker vampires, The Hounds of Love, hunt her scattered coven for the source of all magic: Witch Blood.

Kicking things off with the opening issue Matthew Erman and Lisa Sterle have done a great job in selling me on this series. The dialogue is engaging and realistic and I’m already a big fan of our main character Yonna. She is sassy, quirky and funny but don’t mess with her as she doesn’t pull her punches.

The introduction of a few other characters gives me enough enticement to come back for issue #2 as I want to learn more about the Vampire Biker gang and a bad-ass Hex Hunter who I’m sure will develop into a great character and will bounce well off Yonna.

ARTWORK

A western yet modern setting works really well with the story. Drawn by Lisa Sterle I particularly like the way she draws characters. It’s refreshing to see characters’ beauty highlighted through flair and style in features like their clothes and wild over the top hair rather than the typical over sized breasts or skimpy outfits. 

What makes this comic really stand out is its bright and vibrant colours by Gab Contreras. The book has a consistent pink tone throughout be it a panel background, the skyline or a characters outfit. Bold pinks and purples create a genuinely distinctive identity for this series making every page burst with life (and death).

A special mention to letterer Jim Campbell who does a great job in making the story flow. What I particularly like is the way towards the end of the issue when we meet the biker vampires they have their own specific red text.

FINAL THOUGHTS 

This is a beautifully crafted story which is complimented perfectly by its eye catching art. When a story like this comes along I find myself shouting from the rooftops for everyone to read it and I hope they do because when you have witches, magic, vampires and biker gangs what’s not to love?

I read this via an advance preview copy issued by Vault Comics and received no incentive to review this comic. All artwork is courtesy of Vault Comics and its respective owners.

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