Witchblade: Demonsby Michael Barone, Steven A. Roman (Editor)
When a big-shot antiquities dealer is found with his head severed, the case falls to NYPD Homicide detective Sara Pezzini and her partner. Sara enlists sword polisher David Kopkind, a student of Japanese history, who recognizes the killing blow of a katana. Could an ancient Japanese warrior be on the loose in New York -- and if so, can even the Witchblade stop him before Sara loses her own head. . . ?
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I am familiar with just about everything that has been produced under the Witchblade franchise and I think this is probably the single best Witchblade story to date. The text novel format offers depth and a level of sophistication that a comic or TV episode simply can not match. The book starts when a series of bizarre murders puts Detective Sara Pezzini on the trail of a legendary cursed samurai sword. Sara wants to stop the killer, but the Witchblade seems to have its own agenda, very creepy! The text is heavily researched and chock full of historically accurate names, dates, places, and events from Japanese history, all cleverly strung together into a compelling narrative. This story walks the line cleanly down the middle of the comic and TV versions of Witchblade. The characteristics of the Witchblade and supporting cast could have been easily drawn from either source so this should be easy for fans of either version to get right into. It¿s not encumbered by much of the ongoing subplots from the comic or TV series, but does introduce several new characters including a new love interest for Sara! The author, Mike Baron who is known for gritty realism, does a really nice job of giving ¿a day in the life¿ type perspective throughout. The characters and world they are set into seem very authentic. This really enhances the believability of the supernatural elements of the story. This is very refreshing as this type of credibility is often hard to find in this genre. I recommend that anyone who has any interest in Witchblade buy this book. It is the best Witchblade ¿fix¿ you are going to get for quite a while.