While Pezzini’s character is somewhat frustrating, Aphrodite is brilliant. So many times we see the cyborg, android or other form of supposedly non-human killer start to gain human emotions as the character grows and develops. They become compassionate and sympathetic and begin to feel, resulting in a loss of that crazy killer edge that quite often makes them a cool character. Aphrodite, as yet, hasn’t really gained human emotions. She’s all about the mission, all about what she was programmed to do (kill) and about doing whatever it takes to get it done. As Pezzini’s character says “Aphrodite looks like us, but there’s nothing human about her. She doesn’t feel anything,” and I quite enjoyed that aspect about her.
Pezzini’s character didn’t really do much to impress me, but I did pick up on a ‘hell hath no fury like a woman scorned’ vibe at the end which certainly piqued my interest for the future. To see some sort of revenge or hatred plot develop for Pezzini, against Aphrodite, would certainly be quite an entertaining read and make for an action packed issue.
Fans of the series will pretty much know what to expect from Stjepan Sejic’s artwork this far in. Personally, I found there was a bit too much light and a bit too much pink in the faces. At times it appeared to be boarding on unnatural as the faces almost looked like they were glowing. There were a few times when the head and face seemed to standout too much from the rest of the body. It was a shame because on the cover and towards the end of the comic the faces have some shadow or colored light on them which tones them down creating a more natural look.
What I did like is the way they blurred the backgrounds to highlight certain actions, like moving at high speed or a final coupe de grace. It was really impressive and gave those panels some really powerful imagery. It was disappointing, though, to see what looked like an unfinished product at times. Random black lines appeared on Pezzini’s face where previously there had been her Witchblade armor. Meanwhile, when she shoots off her Witchblade, like a tentacle, the same random black lines are mixed in with the armor. They look like they are unfinished sketch lines which were meant to be refined and turned into a piece of her armor.