Fantasy Girls – Top 10 Girls of Comics: (7) Witchblade (Angelus)

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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!

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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

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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!

Comics!

Comics!

 

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Apocrypha: Death is Sexy

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APOCRYPHA: DEATH IS SEXY

 

Death is sexy

but death is a lover who can wait

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She loved her pale rider and his name was death –

who is that who sleeps beside you?

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Death followed me with bloody footprints –

a red blur of blood

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The body betrays us –

the corpse in the mirror

the stranger in the bed

 

 

 

Fantasy Girls – Top 10 Girls of Comics: (6) Red Sonja

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FANTASY GIRLS – TOP 10 GIRLS OF COMICS: (6) RED SONJA 

Red Sonja, the “she-devil with a sword” is your archetypal barbarian babe, the scantily-clad voluptuous warrior or sword maiden that has emerged as a stock figure in fantasy art, even down to her utterly impractical chainmail bikini – which more resembles swimwear or lingerie than anything offering any armoured protection in combat or utility as clothing.

Not surprisingly, she has continued to show off her, ah, swordplay ever since her 1973 debut in Marvel Comics’ Conan the Barbarian, even earning her own title, somewhat like Xena to Conan’s Hercules. She was loosely based on an earlier character, Red Sonya, in a short story by Conan’s creator Robert E. Howard (but not one of his Conan stories)

In her original incarnation, Red Sonja acquired her legendary skill in combat from the red goddess Scathach. Despite wearing no armor (since her chainmail bikini hardly counts as such), Sonja has fought her way through countless bloody battles and performed numerous death-defying feats while emerging virtually unscathed but for scratches or minor wounds – due to her uncanny fighting skill, superb athleticism and perhaps divine protection as chosen favorite of the goddess.

 

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I have a particular soft spot for her as an embattled fantasy figure, striving against numerous foes, symbolic of the battles of life itself – “Life is one long battle; we have to fight at every step…if we succeed, it is at the point of sword”.

As for her famous chainmail bikini, Sonja has explained that it is deliberately provocative for good reason – “Men are easily distracted. Most of them never even notice my sword…until their heads roll off their necks”. Indeed.

 

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