Issue: Charmed #9: The All or Nothing
Release Date: May 2011
Author: Paul Ruditis
Artist: Dean Kotz
Cover A: David Seidman
Colors: Milen Parvanov
Letters: Jim Campbell
Editors: Ralph Tedesco and Paul Ruditis
Publisher: Zenescope Entertainment
The Charmed Ones have to go up again the First Witch and it’s not going to be pretty. Neena has exceeded everyone’s expectations of her and that means she’s become a worthy adversary in the fight. She’s even got a plan to take on the Elders, though it may be more a distraction to keep concentration off her real plan. I’ve loved seeing her go from this minor demon minion to the most feared opponent.
Piper is missing and her sisters want to consult the Book of Shadows to find an answer, but Leo is sure that what information they’ll need is not contained within the pages. Instead, he tells them a story of Neena’s origination and a place called The All, hoping it will help them figure out a way to defeat her. This place of darkness, the Nexus of ultimate power, sets up a great original temptation parallel and, like Eve, Neena succumbed as well. And now she’s all-powerful and a force that will not easily be taken down. From her came the birth of all witches and warlocks in the world. She is the original Mother of Them All.
While the sisters are getting a history lesson, Piper is as well. She is stuck in the realm with an Angel of Destiny. But that vast wasteland is home to much darkness and when the angel takes her leave, Piper is left to navigate it on her own. But she is not alone for long because someone from her past, someone I have missed dearly, offers her the temptation of knowledge once again. Why, yes, it is indeed Cole. I very much look forward to seeing how he will interact with the storyline from here.
Overall, this issue gave us a lot of telling, to establish the history of Neena and the components that the Charmed Ones will be taking on. It’s a necessary evil, even though I prefer a bit more action in my stories. I’m hoping that next time, with the history lesson out of the way, we’ll get a meatier story progression. The art was also a bit rougher than I’m used to, so I’m curious if they’ll return to the smooth lines again. However, the story itself has intrigued me enough to eagerly anticipate the next issue! I can’t wait to see how it all turns out.
Rating: 3 / 5 Stars