52 Pick-up Week 9:
I’ve been out of the Top Cow loop for… well, ever. I read the first few issues of Witchblade and could never quite get into it, and by the time I was curious enough to try again, they’d built a metric fuck ton of continuity that I couldn’t see myself wading through. Then Lee pulled a “Guess who’s coming to dinner” on me with the PoP!Cast last week, and suddenly, I needed to know my shit. Two hours and 400 pages later, and I had a semi-working knowledge of the TCU and the major players in the Broken Trinity saga, including but not limited to fresh (to me) faces Michael Finnegan and Glorianna Silver. But to be honest, I didn’t read the books in question, so when it came time for this week’s installment of 52 Pick-Up, Pandora’s Box #1 seemed a perfect choice.
I’m still far from an expert as to what’s going on in this world through which Levin, Hill, and Vitti are leading us. What I do know is that there are 13 artifacts – items of great power – throughout the Top Cow Universe. The Witchblade is one of them. Well, now we’ve been introduced to the Glacier and Ember stones, currently in the possession of the aforementioned Finn and Glori respectively. It’s kind of like Tron, by the way. Blue is good, red is bad. Remember that as the frost giant and the dragon are sure to mix it up later in this series, picking up where they left off in the first chapter of Broken Trinity. For now, however each has their own path to walk.
The characters’ have immediately distinct and believable voices, with Finn’s in-over-his-head Irish boy proving immediately relatable and enjoyable. Glori, on the other hand, is a bit overshadowed by Mr.-Stick-up-his-ass Wulfgar, the disappointed father figure who scolds her for her missteps and mistakes. Then again, I’m sure she’ll get plenty of chance to establish her own character in the issues to come, especially after the way things ended in this issue. Mind you, I’m not going to elaborate too much on that, you’ll have to just read for yourself.
To that end, Pandora’s Box #1 makes a fine jumping on point if you’re curious about the TCU, but if you really want to dig in, I’d suggest backing up and checking out the first chapter of the Broken Trinity saga. Either way, you shouldn’t have too hard of a time getting your footing, as the story exposits pretty much anything and everything you’ll need to know along the way.
Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box #1 gets a solid 4 out of 5 dudes named Wulfgar, because really, holy shit, the guy’s name is Wulfgar.
To be honest, I won’t be reading on. It’s great. Too great. My pull list is rather unwieldly already, and if I get into the Top Cow Universe, I know I’ll be reading all of their books in no time, to make sure I’m getting the full picture. I just can’t do that right now. At least, not until this hairbrained idea for a feature wraps up. I’ve only got room for so many more words and pictures before smoke starts pouring out of my ears (my ears if you’re lucky) and I go into some sort of comics induced coma. Still, this is just another fantastic book that this exercise has introduced me to, and another reason to affirm my love of this industry. Here’s hoping I can find something awful for next week, though, just so I won’t even be tempted to read on. Or maybe I’ll just start dropping the books that suck… looking at you, Fraction’s Uncanny X-Men…