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I would like to start getting into Top Cow comics' Witchblade/Artifact series.

What would be a good approach to start reading these series?

My only familiarity with that universe is:

  • The TV series "Witchblade", which I assume was done based on the comics.

  • Some random facts discovered on comicvine database when I was researching answers for previous questions.

Some tactics I can think of are:

  1. Should I merely start with the oldest comics on Top Cow?

    These seem to be "Angelus Volume 1", "Witchblade: Prevailing", "Magdalena Origins Volume 1" and some others that didn't seem Witchblade/Artifact related.

    However it's hard for me to tell if any given title belongs to Witchblade/Artifact line or not.

  2. Should I start with specific Witchblade series comics?

  3. Should I start with some "best of" set? If so, which?

  4. Should I start with specific issues containing critical info, even if they are not oldest or best? If so, which?

  5. Your other idea.

Notes/details:

  • I explicitly cenetered on Witchblade/Artifacts series, but if any tied-in series issue (Magdalena?, Angelus?) should be included in the starter set, I'm fine with that.

  • I am open to the idea of reading the comics in order other than #1=>#N in the series, provided most of the significant plot info from the ones I miss can be found online, such as ComicVine

  • If possible, the recommendation should fit into 4 waves of 3 issues

  • If possible, the recommendation should be biased towards comics available for sale, especially at comixology. Howeever, that is a weak preference - I'd rather expend the effort tracking down a hard-to-buy issue if that issue is considered critical to read.

  • For any suggestions, it would be strongly appreciated if specific reasoning to choose that specific set/order is provided instead of simply a bare list.

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There is a good summary on reddit of the various stories and runs. I personally reckon grabbing both compendiums will set you on your way. That way you have the first 100. https://www.reddit.com/r/comicbooks/comments/6bfss7/the_witchblade_reading_guide_what_to_read_and/

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    Hi, welcome to SF&F. The link you refer to may be useful, but this answer by itself could use some work. You should include details from the linked resource so that it's clear what it says, and so the answer stands on its own. You might want to check out How to Answer. Also, the question specifically requests "it would be strongly appreciated if specific reasoning to choose that specific set/order is provided." – DavidW Apr 8 at 14:09
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Read Ron Marz' Witchblade 80-150. Angelus 1-6 with Stjepan Šejić and Artifacts 1-13 were also very good.

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    Can you elaborate on why? "For any suggestions, it would be strongly appreciated if specific reasoning to choose that specific set/order is provided instead of simply a bare list." – DVK-on-Ahch-To Sep 24 '13 at 23:38
  • Because those are the issues which most of the Artifacts appear in and feature most prominently. Not much more to it than that other than to perhaps list the artifacts that appear in the issues... – Thaddeus Howze Sep 25 '13 at 1:03

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