Ever since the War of the Witchblades happened a few issues back I’ve been reintroduced to Witchblade and have tried to keep up with the series. It is one of those Image comics, brought to us by Top Cow that I’ve always been intrigued by. Issues 134 and 135 re-introduced a character that Sara Pezzini has fought before, Aphrodite IV. Aphrodite is a green haired cyborg bombshell (cyborgs should always be beautiful women right?) created by Cyberdata to be an assassin. We learn a little more about the company in this three part mini-storyline arc titled "Almost Human."
Ron Marz and Stjepan Sejic continue to do the writing and artwork on the series and are doing a fantastic job. While this arc is nothing as epic as the recent split of the Witchblade and subsequent battle for total control, Sara and her partner Gleason always seem to find themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time. Let’s move on to the review shall we?
Sara and Gleason are investigating a weird shooting on top of a building to start off the mini-series. They find untraceable bullets, here stories about a bullet-proof green haired woman and learn of a floating battleship that apparently can cloak. After investigation leads nowhere Sara calls a colleague she has dealt with in the past, leading her to Cyberdata, where she once again encounters the green-haired Aphrodite IV.
While Aphrodite gets the drop on Sara, they soon find they have bigger fish to fry and are forced into working together. From there mayhem ensues as it often does in this series while Gleason and Sara’s sister, who is babysitting Hope, Sara’s daughter, are oblivious. Gleason is a patient man, but I suppose he must also feel pretty safe with his partner being the bearer of a weapon forged by the Angelus and the Darkness.
The writing is interesting in this one if not a little generic. I feel like the division of the Witchblades was something that could only happen in this book, and that made it exciting and new. Here we have a hot cyborg assassin tasked with killing an ex-employee of the company that built her. Witchblade stumbles into her and miraculously convinced Aphrodite to tap into her human emotions, that I presume she doesn’t have, and do things her way. A little farfetched but I guess the point...