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Chicago gets a new superhero

Chicago gets a new superhero

Tim Seeley a local Chicago writer that has worked for Marvel and DC Comics brings Witchblade to Chicago with issue 151 that comes out this Wednesday, January 4, 2012.

With most comic book characters based out of New York, it’s a change of pace for a hero’s setting to be in Chicago. This town is a huge comic book town with a plethora of creators, retailers and fans.

“It’s the single longest running FEMALE LEAD comic book on the stands,” Seeley explains his excitement for working on the Witchblade series.

Top Cow Productions  out of LA has published Witchblade since 1995. The series follows Sara Pezzini, a tough-as-nails NYPD homicide detective who comes into possession of the Witchblade, a supernatural, sentient artifact with immense destructive and protective powers. The weapon has bonded with various other women throughout history.

Seeley takes the series in a different direction by transplanting the main character Sara to Chicago. Seeley wants to incorporate real life events in Chicago history to give the comic a deeply rooted mythology.

“There’s some very good in-story reason for it, but the real reason is that I really wanted to write a story set in Chicago,” Seeley said, “I’m pretty enamored with this city, and I really wanted an excuse to dig into its history, especially the dark and dirty stuff.”

According to Seeley the series will be very Chicago specific with Sara’s office set in a studio above the Green Mill in Uptown.

“So far every issue I’ve written has contained a lot of photo reference,” Seeley said.

Seeley doesn’t treat Sara’s character any different from a male character but he tries to focus on how other characters treat her based on their individual views.

“It’s spooky, sexy, action packed, and fun,” Seeley explains why this is a great starting point for a new Chicago reader.

If you’re interested in reading even more from Matt, head over to Comic Vault: News & Opinion.
Also, follow him on Twitter- @comicvault.

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