Review: Witchblood #3 (Vault Comics)

Writer: Matthew Erman
Artist: Lisa Sterle
Colorist: Gab Contreras
Letterer: Andworld Design
Designer: Tim Daniel 
On Sale: 26th May 2021

Welcome to Witchblood Chapter 3: The Darkness in the Sheds of Town!

PLOT AND STORY 

The Hounds of Love are hunting. Next stop: San Sangre, a city of blood, faith, and bad vibes. The stomping grounds of curse-hunters and gunslingers. But with a special kind of horror watching from the utility sheds, do our vampire biker dirtbags know what they’re getting themselves into?

This series is turning into a case of cat and mouse as no matter what Yonna does or where she goes The Hounds of Love arrive to mess everything up. Matthew Erman is cleverly blending two separate stories and journeys together without either party knowing about it. The Hounds of Hell know too much about Witches and are looking for something while Yonna is following a path into an ancient message she received. We don’t know yet how these two stories overlap but when they all keep ending up at the same place it’s only a matter of time and I’m very excited to find out.

ARTWORK 

Every issue introduces us to new and wonderful characters and I love to see what Lisa Sterle comes up each month. This issue has a few very dark moments early on involving people losing their eyes and this is possibly the most dark the series has gone so far and I hope to see a bit more.

With its bright, neon colour scheme by Gab Contreras it’s hard sometimes to remember that lots of people have died so far and the story takes us to some sad places. Using bright green and pinks for witch blood I think reduces the impact of death but its then an image of Yonna lurking in the shadows that makes you realise the severity of the situation.

Andworld Design provides some very nice lettering on this issue with few panels requiring a bolder, colourful and larger font which really stands out.

FINAL THOUGHTS 

The first thing that stood out for me on this issue was the stunning cover by Lisa Sterle and then you turn the page and get sucked into another good issue. A road trip type story with bizarre characters, elements of humour and of course witches and vampires makes Witchblood a series I continue to recommend to anyone that will listen. 

I read this via an advance preview copy issued by Vault comics and received no incentive to review this comic. All images and artwork are courtesy of Vault comics and their respective owners.

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