Friday, November 06, 2009
Free Witchblade for Naysayers
Filip Sablik is causing quite a stir as a guest columnist over at Newsarama. About what? Well his first entry was a plea with the reader to understand that Top Cow is not only a T&A publisher. Sure, Witchblade is one of the hottest heroines out there but she kicks serious ass in addition to looking good. Well that entry created a mini-firestorm of controversy if you will, and Sablik believes so strongly in his views that he's offering a free way to agree or disagree.
Through a partnership with Discount Comic Book Service and InStock Trades Top Cow is offering free copies of the original printings of the Witchblade trades featuring Ron Marz's first two storylines. Now they're not completely free (strings attached and all that). All you have to do is make one additional purchase (that doesn't have to be Top Cow mind you) through InStock Trades and either Volume 10 or 11 will be free. It gets better.
Personally, I don't think Witchblade in particular is any worse than half the other comics out there. Does her attractiveness help sell issues? Sure. Sex sells afterall. But Top Cow isn't predicated on looks alone, and Marz's storylines are actually quite compelling. I could name quite a few other heroines that use sex appeal a lot more than Witchblade (Supergirl has a mammoth-sized chest, Batgirl is a lesbian and just about anything Zenescope puts out is dripping with sex appeal). Rarely though do you have a publisher so willing to put their money where their mouth is.
It's kind of like voting. If you don't vote you have no right complaining about the results. Same thing goes here. If you don't give Witchblade a shot you have no right to say it's all about T&A.