FANTASY GIRLS: TOP 10 GIRLS OF COMICS (6) WITCHBLADE (ANGELUS)
Witchblade originated as one of the signature ‘bad girl’ comics of the 1990’s. Published by Image Comics’ Top Cow Productions, the ‘Top Cow’ universe is a world like ours, but with an underworld of dark supernatural forces – and stunningly beautiful ‘bad girls’.
However, the titular Witchblade is not a character. As the name suggests, it is a mystical and sentient artefact – in the shape of a gauntlet that forms a symbiotic bond with a female ‘host’, spreading over the body and shredding (or is that stripping?) clothes to form highly revealing ‘armour’, as well as extensions such as blades or wings and other powers, because…comics!
The Witchblade (which is apparently ‘male’) has bonded with (or groped) various stunningly beautiful female figures throughout the ‘history’ of the Top Cow Universe, including crossover characters (such as Red Sonja and Lara Croft) and notable historical personages (such as Cleopatra and Joan of Arc). However, the primary host for the main narrative of the comic itself is NYPD homicide detective Sara Pezzini, who, in the usual style of comics, has the appearance of a glamour model
Close runner-up is one of the other mystical artefacts in the Top Cow Universe – the Angelus. The Angelus is the primal but brutal force of light that bonds with women in its eternal running battle with its dark male counterpart, not surprisingly known as the Darkness (although apparently getting together with the Darkness at some point to produce the Witchblade as their offspring).
The Angelus renders its female host into a glowing, golden angelic figure, with huge, ahem, horns and the appearance and demeanor somewhat like a centerfold on crack. Because, you know, comics!