The Darkness: Origins Volume 2 Trade Paperback

Official Press Release

DARKNESS FANS CAN DIVE INTO JACKIE ESTACADO’S BEGINNING WITH THE WITCHBLADE

THE DARKNESS: ORIGINS VOLUME 2 TRADE PAPERBACK

LOS ANGELES, Calif., June 8, 2010 – Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced today that the long sold-out early issues of The Darkness will be re-released as The Darkness: Origins Volume 2.  Scheduled to be in stores June 30, 2010, The Darkness: Origins Volume 2 continues the rebranding presented as part of the publisher’s “Origins” trade paperback line reprinting of classic Top Cow Universe stories that includes the recently released Witchblade: Origins Volume 1 and 2, and The Darkness: Origins Volume 1 trade paperbacks.

For fans new to Top Cow’s publications, The Darkness: Origins Volume 2 continues where The Darkness: Origins Volume 1 leaves off as we go back to the beginning and see 21-year-old mob hitman Jackie Estacado struggle with the power and the burden of The Darkness.

Also collected in this edition of The Darkness: Origins Volume 2 trade paperback is the first crossover between The Darkness and Witchblade in the fan favorite “Family Ties” storyline.

Showcasing talent from David Wohl (Executive Assistant Iris) and Christina Z. (Jenna Jameson’s Shadow Hunter), and featuring art by Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri, superstar Joe Benitez (Soulfire, Pilot Season: Demonic), and legendary artist Michael Turner (Soulfire, Fathom), the 176-page The Darkness: Origins Volume 2 collects The Darkness #7-10 as well as Witchblade #18-19.

”The Origins line showcases some of Top Cow’s most popular and timeless material. The ‘Family Ties’ story arc represents one of our first inter-title crossovers,” said Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik, “It’s great to see this material once again available as part of the Origins trade line.”

About Top Cow Productions Inc.

Top Cow Productions, Inc. (www.topcow.com), a Los Angeles-based entertainment company, was founded in December of 1992 by artist Marc Silvestri, who also co-founded Image Comics earlier that same year. Top Cow currently publishes its line of comic books in 21 languages in over 55 different countries. The company has launched 20 franchises (18 original and two licensed) in the industry’s Top 10, seven at #1, a feat accomplished by no other publisher in the last two decades. Its flagship franchise, WITCHBLADE, was TNT’s #1 original film of 2000 and the subsequent TV series was released on DVD on July 29, 2008. A feature film, co-produced by Platinum Studios, Inc. and Arclight Films, is slated to begin production in Australia with director Michael Rymer. WITCHBLADE is also the first American property to be fully adapted in Japan as an original anime and manga by Studio GONZO in 2006. Top Cow’s other flagship property, THE DARKNESS, was developed into a major next-generation video game release by Starbreeze and 2K Games and achieved platinum sales status. WANTED, an Eisner-nominated miniseries published by Top Cow from 2003-2005, is now a major motion picture from Universal Pictures starring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman. Virtually all of Top Cow’s other properties are in development as feature films, live-action television, animation or video games. Top Cow has also successfully licensed and merchandised its franchises into toys, statues, clothing, lithographs, puppets, posters, magnets, shot glasses, lighters, lunch pails, wall scrolls, mouse pads, die-cast cars, calendars, Christmas ornaments, Halloween masks, trading cards, standees, video games and roleplaying games.