Switch #1

Writer: Stjepan Sejic Artist: Stjepan Sejic Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: October 14, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 5
8.0Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

After millions of views on  DeviantArt, this popular web comic finally gets its own series. A teenage girl gets a mighty artifact that grants her immense powers...the catch? It's a bit haunted! This self-contained "universe" includes Artifacts and characters from other series (with permission!) in a delectably STJEPAN SEJIC fashion!

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Dustin Cabeal Oct 14, 2015

    There are a lot of new comics out there this week, but if you're even remotely a fan of Witchblade you should check Switch out. Now the big question is, "what if you're not a fan of Witchblade?" That's easy, you should definitely check it out. Sure you won't know all the characters from before, but it doesn't matter. Like I said, Sejic is crafting something new and honestly something much better than what came before. Not to downplay what came before because without we wouldn't have Switch, but because of it we have something new and old readers alike can enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Henry Starling Dec 2, 2015

    Overall this was a great start to a new chapter of the Witchblade. Here's hoping Mary is up for the challenge. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Oct 14, 2015

    Switch #1 is an exciting start to the series that throws us straight into the thick of it, while being a series accessible to any reader to pick up on. The 41 pages is just what Switch needed to go above and beyond for a first issue. Enough to invest in between characters and plot. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    PopOptiq - Ben Howard Oct 20, 2015

    With gorgeous art, an interesting plot, and woman-empowering message, Stjepan Sejics Switch is off to a good if convoluted start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    SnapPow.com - John McCubbin Oct 15, 2015

    Switch #1 was a fantastic starting point for this parallel version of the Top Cow Universe, introducing us to some new characters as well as some familiar additions. It also gives us a rich background into this new world, as despite being a little too much to take in at times, it is certainly inviting enough for both fans of the Witchblade and those looking to explore it for the first time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Oct 13, 2015

    Granted, Switch might not be for everyone - there will be those who require a bit more depth to their storytelling, and who won't be as impressed with Sejic's artwork to let his rough scripting slide. But for those who have enjoyed Brian Michael Bendis' Ultimate Spider-Man or G. Willow Wilson's Ms. Marvel, I'd strongly recommend checking out Top Cow's Switch. It takes a complicated mythology and simplifies it in a great way, opening up the Witchblade saga to any reader who might have overlooked it for its T&A beginnings or its overcomplicated end. Either way, if this first issue of Switch is any indication, the crown jewel of Top Cow is back, and looking better than ever. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Oct 13, 2015

    This younger version of 'Witchblade' reinvigorates the Top Cow staple with new energy and fun characters. 'Switch' takes the sense of wonder from young comic characters like Spider-Man and Ms. Marvel and transcends it to a whole new world that will make the series a must-buy for new and old readers. Sejic's singular voice carries the story with razor-sharp focus and amazing visuals. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Oct 14, 2015

    Featuring a strong, well-rounded female protagonist and a truly intriguing backstory not to mention that artwork Switch is all but guaranteed to be another runaway success for both Sejic and Top Cow. Definitely one to consider picking up this week, folks. Millions of DeviantArt fans cant be wrong. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Oct 23, 2015

    The 42-page Switch #1 has everything I look for in a debut issue. I was easily able to follow the story, it gave a great introduction to everything that was going on and helped me understand the world it was set in. That's particularly notable since it deals with subjects that have a long publishing history and it's so easy for comics to just assume that readers know everything and jump right into the middle of something. I love the young female protagonist and new bearer of the Witchblade, Mary. Sejic did a great job imbuing her with a personality and making her pretty much instantly likable. He's a master of facial expressions and body language. His pictures of people talking tell as much if not more story in what is not said as what I get from the dialogue. This plus-sized debut really helped jump start the story for me and I'm looking forward to see where Sejic takes us next! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Oct 19, 2015

    Ms. Marvel fans will feel right at home here with Switch, and for those of you looking to experience something different from the likes of Marvel and DCs output will find something fresh and exciting here. The artwork from eji is the issues highlight of course, but theres enough there to keep readers coming back for future installments in what is a very solid start point. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    First Comics News - Richard Vasseur Oct 20, 2015

    Mary is a great Bearer as she is drawn beautifully and her attitude is perfect. She is a Bearer you will love. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - Jess Camacho Oct 16, 2015

    "Switch" #1 is a very good first issue and as someone new to this universe, I am excited to see more. Sejic needs to introduce some new elements to keep readers guessing but his art is strong. If his previous work in the fantasy genre is any indicator of what's to come, we are in for a treat. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Oct 14, 2015

    A good, but not great, start to an entirely new era of adventure for one of modern comic historys standards, Switch takes the legend of the Witchblade what it means in the comic and in the hearts and minds of comic readers and turns it on its head. The more we see Mary taking control of the legend, the more I want to see some of that legend let go in favor of building something new. Heres hoping that balance gets struck quickly as the series progresses. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    We The Nerdy - Jean-Luc Botbyl Oct 14, 2015

    Switchdoes have a lot of promise. The dialogue is written fairly well, and Mary's inner monologue isn't the worst. After a few issues with the characters, there may be good reason to be reading this book every month, especially if the plot picks up and becomes a bit less convoluted. Unfortunately, the first issue does a poor job of convincing readers that this is something they should be reading on a monthly basis. For now, Sejic's art is probably enough to convince me to stay on board for another issue or two. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Oct 5, 2015

    Despite a few bumps in the road, "Switch" #1 is an ambitious, energetic approach to the worlds of the Darkness and Witchblade. Sejic does a nice job presenting the world for newer readers, giving a tight synopsis of what has come before without piling on smothering amounts of detail. Readers with deeper familiarity will certainly gain more from "Switch" #1, but this is as an approachable single issue for this universe. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Draven Katayama (loudlysilent) Oct 15, 2015

    Switch is a creative combination of high fantasy and young adult fiction, but it's densely packed worldbuilding and exposition keep it from being fully enjoyed. Read Full Review

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