Thursday, February 15, 2007

Is This Gratuitous? Witchblade #104 Cover


Witchblade 104 Cover
Originally uploaded by Heidi Meeley.
I was reading an article on the Witchblade series over at Newsarama when I stumbled upon this cover for issue #104. My first thought was that it is an homage to the first issue cover. My second was that she seems to have a lot of junk in the trunk- wowee!

It just almost seems too easy, but I have to ask.... is this an homage or is it gratuitous? Or was it gratuitous in the first place?

With the Witchblade choosing a new bearer, it seems in order that the new would pay tribute to the old, so I don't find that odd at all. What I probably would have preferred is a close up of her face and the witchblade.

I tried to find out who the artist is on this quite interesting cover, but to no avail. Does anyone know who drew it so I can give credit?

Okay, here we go... is this gratuitous?

12 comments:

Swinebread said...

No, just silly.

klio said...

It's just the usual T&A. Alas, I no longer expect anything else. Nowadays I sit on my porch in my rocking chair, shaking my cane and posting my cynicism on random folks' blogs....

Loren said...

Honestly? I think it is an homage to something that was gratuitous in the first place. :)

Lisa said...

It gets even MORE gratuitous inside:
http://bp1.blogger.com/_rzdB5a4kLAo/RdNaGmr-sUI/AAAAAAAAAdA/tzwCN5cHJL0/s1600-h/WitchbladePorno.jpg
since that inside art looks like the outside, and Top Cow doesn't list it with a different artist on the cover, I'm going to assume it's done by Adriana Melo inked by Mariah Benes.

I'm with Loren - it was gratuitous in the first place, so this one is no different.

inkdestroyedmybrush said...

so standard in the T and A department, with a bizarre twist in the hips so it qualifies as boring thanks. not gratuitous in context is what I would say.

Heidi Meeley said...

Swinebread- Yeah, you called it.

Heidi Meeley said...

Klio- I love it! I feel the same way some days...

Heidi Meeley said...

Loren- astute as always. The first cover was gratuitous and has continued in a long proud tradition of keeping up the T&A!

Heidi Meeley said...

Lisa, good lord! That link speaks for itself. Definitely worse.

Gratuitous from minute one.

Heidi Meeley said...

Ink- good observation. After seeing so many T&A panels, I am pretty desensitized as well.

ML said...

Gratuitous??? You have too much time on your hands to think. This is a comic book for God's sake. Question something else that matters, not the cover of a comic book.

Charles said...

Withblade is sexy, dangerous and so strong.She definitely is the kind of woman you have dreamed during your entire life. Also is not necessary to Order Viagra when you gonna have a sex time with her, because she is so hot!