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Finn and Glori, the bearers of the Glacier and Ember Stones, first introduced in Broken Trinity, return this month in a pulse-pounding, world-spanning adventure series. When a fanatic cult embarks on a quest to remake the world with the mythical Pandora’s Box, Finn and Glori’s individual goals of gathering the 13 Artifacts is kicked into overdrive.
From newcomers Rob Levin (The Darkness: Butcher) and Bryan Edward Hill (Broken Trinity: Aftermath) and artist Alessandro Vitti (Secret Warriors). Featuring covers by Tommy Lee Edwards (1985)!
Since the beginning of time, the Angelus has been diametrically opposed to the Darkness. But will Danielle Baptiste, the newest bearer of the Angelus, be able to choose her own path when confronted by sometimes ally Jackie Estacado, bearer of the Darkness?
Jackie Estacado, the current bearer of the Darkness, often takes advantage of the fact that his enemies don’t know the extent of his powers or his weakness to light. Captured by an old enemy Jackie will have to rely on his wits alone to survive. Meanwhile, Jackie’s crew must deal with the Sovereign without their powerful boss to back them up!
Featuring a cover by Dennis Calero (X-Men Noir, Dark Tower).
From the creative minds of Image partners Robert Kirkman & Marc Silvestri!
Stellar is one of five genetically-enhanced super-humans created by the government of Earth. The process used on her has made her toxic to other humans and drove the other four volunteers insane. Banished from Earth, Stellar now roams the cosmos trying to use her powers for good, haunted by the fact that she can never return home – and all to aware that her fellow super-humans are out there, eager to strike at any moment.
PILOT SEASON: MURDERER #1 SIGNED EDITION
story ROBERT KIRKMAN
art NELSON BLAKE II
cover MARC SILVESTRI
32 PAGES / FC
Get this limited edition issue signed by co-creator/cover artist Marc Silvestri and artist Nelson Blake II. Quantities are limited, allocations may occur.
The first property from Top Cow and Heroes and Villains Entertainment is here!
FBI tracker Alex O’Roark and his partner Jezebel Kendal become more and more desperate to capture serial killer Herod and resort to using a young boy afflicted with lycanthropy as bait. Will the risky gambit come back to bite them?
The android assassin Aphrodite IV is back in town, and Sara’s confrontation with the cold-blooded killer will force her to face her own actions during “War of the Witchblades.”
Featuring a cover by series artist Sejic and a variant cover by Darick Robertson (The Boys)!
Get this limited edition holiday-themed variant cover by classic Witchblade artist Randy Green created for the Virginia Comicon. Quantities are limited, allocations may occur.
CYBERFORCE/HUNTER-KILLER VOLUME 1 TRADE PAPERBACK
story MARK WAID
art & cover KENNETH ROCAFORT
176 PAGES / FC
Two of Top Cow’s top teams return! Fan favorite writer Mark Waid (Irredeemable, Amazing Spider-Man) and artist Kenneth Rocafort (Madame Mirage) weave a tale of conspiracy, high-octane action, and next-gen technology in a crossover with consequences. The members of Cyberforce and the Hunter-Killer squad must team up to stop Cyberdata and Morningstar from taking control of the world’s information networks with the Jett.
Collects Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #1-5 along with character profiles, and a cover gallery including art from Stjepan Sejic, Mike Choi, Joe Benitez, Whilce Portacio, and Brandon Peterson.
Perhaps the most important Witchblade storyline since the title’s debut in 1995, “War of the Witchblades” comes to what promises to be a stunning conclusion in September. Issue 130 is the one pick up to find out who ends up wielding the Witchhblade, who becomes the Angelus and what happens to the rest of the cast when the dust clears. Below the press release from Top Cow we have the three possible covers for the issue. Which is the real one? Find out in September!
LOS ANGELES, Calif., July 7th, 2009 – Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced today that “War of the Witchblades” will reach its conclusion in Witchblade #130. Who will emerge as the sole bearer of the Witchblade? Will it be Sara Pezzini or Dani Baptiste? Or will it be a completely new bearer? And who will become the new Angelus?
Witchblade #130 will be the landmark 50th issue of Witchblade written by Ron Marz, The issue is also the 22nd collaborative Witchblade comic with Ron Marz and Sjepan Sejic. Witchblade #130 is expected in comic book stores on Wednesday, September 9, 2009.
Ron Marz had this to say about the issue:
“The book has very much been a two-character drama since we introduced Dani. We might not have had both characters in every issue, but both characters were definitely a presence in the book. At the end of this storyline, we’ll be back to focusing on one character and that character’s life.”
“There are a lot of different plot threads going on in this arc – Sara, Dani, Sara’s sister Julie, Dani’s friend Finch, the Angelus. And while they might seem like disparate threads now, they’ll all tie together.”
“I will say this: when I kill somebody in one of my books, they stay killed if I have anything to say about it. Death shouldn’t be a revolving door, because it saps the drama out of a story. Sara’s first partner, Jake, took a dirt nap, and it’s gonna stay that way. If somebody is really dead, they’re dead.”
“Somebody ends up with the Witchblade, somebody ends up as the Angelus. But I’m not telling who. That’s why we solicited three different possible versions of the Sejic cover to #130. Obviously we’re only going to press with one of them – but the question is, which one?”
Witchblade #130 will ship with three covers; one by regular artist Sejic revealing the identity of the new Angelus bearer, as well as two covers by classic Witchblade artist Adriana Melo (Ms. Marvel) featuring Sara and Dani respectively. The issue will carry a cover price of $2.99, maintaining Top Cow’s pledge to lock in a $2.99 cover price for all their normal comics in 2009.
Arriving in Comic Shops on June 10th, the Witchblade/The Darkness/Angelus: Blood on the Sands one-shot features three of Top Cow’s icons teaming up, but not in the guise you expect. Check out the solicit and preview of this tale of the Trinity past! Did we mention that it’s only $2.99?!?
Witchblade/The Darkness/Angelus: Blood on the Sands
(W) Philip W. Smith (A) Sheldon Mitchell, Admira Wijaya and Tom Grindberg (Cov) Stjepan Sejic
A tale starring Witchblade, The Darkness, and The Angelus pulled from the sands of time surfaces in June!
Set in 13th Century Arabia, Blood on the Sands tells the tale of three different bearers of the Top Cow Universe’s Trinity. In the harsh environment of the Arabian desert a pair of sisters struggle with the burden of the Witchblade, while a Darkness lord seeks to corrupt an inexperienced bearer of the Angelus. Brought to you by newcomer Philip W. Smith (The Gelding) and the artistic talents of Sheldon Mitchell (Witchblade Annual), Admira Wijaya (Hercules) and Tom Grindberg (Teen Titans, The Outsiders).
Full Color 32 pages $2.99 one shot
Top Cow has sent us the two covers for July’s Witchblade #128, including the Luke Ross homage cover. This momentous issue sees the continuation of the epic “War of the Witchblades” story and hints that all may not end well for the original bearer of the Witchblade, Sara Pezzini. They seem to be emphasizing that the homage on Ross’ cover isn’t just a fluke, but may be an indication of the direction the story is headed. The full details straight from the Cow are below. Reserve your copy of Witchblade at your local comic shop today!
LOS ANGELES, Calif., June 3, 2009 – Top Cow Productions, Inc. unveiled an homage cover variant provided by artist Luke Ross (Captain America) for Witchblade #128. The issue, which is scheduled for release on July 8th 2009, is the forth installment of the six-part “War of the Witchblades” story arc.
Ron Marz, who has been the regular series writer since Witchblade #80, writes Witchblade #128. All interior art is provided by Stjepan Sejic, who has been the regular artist for the series since Witchblade #116. The creative team of Marz and Sejic are committed to staying on Witchblade through at least issue #150.
In this issue of “War of the Witchblades,” both Sara Pezzini and Dani Baptiste are on the ground and it’s uncertain who will rise to reunite and claim the divided Witchblade for herself. The epic storyline continues to raise the stakes in the battle for the ancient artifact called the Witchblade and promises to dramatically change the landscape of the series by its conclusion.
Two covers of Witchblade #128 will be available: one by series artist Sejic and the homage variant cover by Luke Ross (Captain America). The cover created by Ross depicts a dramatized pose of Dani holding a mortally wounded Sara as other characters look on from the background. It is a direct homage to the famous 1980 John Byrne cover of Uncanny X-Men #136 and similarly inspired by the George Pérez cover of Crisis on Infinite Earths #7. Both covers are regarded as one of the most recognizable and “homaged” cover illustrations in comics. Comic Vine calls it the “The ‘Stand with a dead loved one in your arms expressing grief to the sky’ cover,” although the image arguably has inspirational precedents that date back to the earliest paintings and sculptures of the Pietà. The use of the homage cover for Witchblade #128 signifies the major plot developments and character conflicts that are central to the “War of the Witchblades” story arc.
“Obviously things don’t look too promising … for Sara or anyone else … by the end of Witchblade #127,” explained writer Marz, “The Luke Ross cover for issue #128 definitely takes that in account, and gives us a chance to homage two of the great covers in the history of comics in John Byrne’s Uncanny X-Men #136 shot, as well as the George Perez Crisis #7 image. If there was ever a time for this kind of cover on Witchblade, it’s now.”