Review: Witchblood #4 (Vault Comics)

Writer: Matthew Erman
Artist: Lisa Sterle
Colorist: Gab Contreras
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Designer: Tim Daniel 
On Sale: 30th June 2021

Neon witches, vampy bikers, and tears from the loneliest cowboys. Witchblood, now with horses!

PLOT AND STORY 

The Showdown in San Sangre! Atlacoya, Yonna, and the newly introduced Texas Red square off against the vampiric biker gang The Hounds of Love.

I think it shows something special when you can read a comic about witches and vampires and continue to be surprised in every issue with something new and even more bonkers. Matthew Erman pulls at the heart strings in issue #4 with a death I didn’t see coming and found myself shouting at him through pages “Noooooo!?” As more characters join the story this is building into a true ensemble cast of equally diverse and interesting characters which contrasts well with Yonna’s loner esq personality. 

ARTWORK 

Witchblood brings a bright and vibrant style to a world full of witches and vampires. Every character Lisa Sterle and Gab Contreras create bursts onto the pages like someone throwing a grenade into a box of fireworks and they are as nutty as a bag full of squirrel poop.

Towards the end of this issue there are a few pages which really stand out. There is a new kind of vampire who lives in a castle in the sky and the way she arrives is full of spectacle and glam creating a real wow factor. This also opens a whole new arc in the story which I’m very keen to see unfold.

Andworld Design again delivering the perfect letters to compliment the story and I really appreciate the change in text colour for different characters.

FINAL THOUGHTS 

It’s another cracking issue for this series and things are really starting to heat up. The tables could be turning in our heroes favour but has Yonna bitten off more than she can chew. Only time will tell on how this all ends but I know one thing, it will continue to be a wild ride getting there.

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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