Top Cow: March 2011 Solicitations

Official Press Release

Artifacts #8

Artifacts #8 COVA(WIP)_Whilce(W) Ron Marz (A) Whilce Portacio      (Cov) Whilce Portacio, John Tyler Christopher

Mass Combat!

The combined forces of the Artifact bearers aligned with Witchblade bearer Sara Pezzini and The Darkness host Jackie Estacado have reached a truce with the cybernetic heroes of Cyberforce. They’ve fought off the relentless assassin Aphrodite IV, but that was only the beginning. Pushed to the limit, can they defeat a force that dwarfs everything they’ve faced before?

From Top Cow Universe architect Ron Marz (Witchblade, Magdalena) and legendary artist Whilce Portacio (The Darkness, Uncanny X-Men) bring the second chapter of the epic event series to a thunderous conclusion. Featuring a gorgeous cover by Portacio as well as a variant cover featuring Alina Enstrom by John Tyler Christopher (Witchblade).

Each issue will also feature a Top Cow Origin backup written by Marz and drawn by a superstar artist.

Full Color 32 pages $3.99  limited series

Expected Ship Date – March 23rd, 2011

Artifacts #2 New York Comic-Con Variant Cover Signed Edition

Artifacts #2 NYCC_Sejic(W) Ron Marz (A) Michael Broussard (Cov) Stjepan Sejic

Get this haunting convention variant cover of Aphrodite IV signed by interior artist Michael Broussard, previously available exclusively at New York Comic-Con. Quantities are limited, allocations may occur.

Full Color            32 pages            $19.99            Signed Edition

The Darkness #92
The Darkness #92 COVA_Bane(W) Phil Hester         (A) Sheldon Mitchell                  (Cov) Bane

”Outer Darkness” Part 3 of 6!

The battle between Jackie Estacado and the very source of his power, The Darkness ensues in earnest! Estacado has been lied to, beaten down, and betrayed over and over again over the last few years; but he has also studied, learned, and grown. Will Jackie Estacado take control of his destiny or will he end up another in a long line of pawns for The Darkness?

Full Color             32 pages             $2.99              ongoing series
Expected Ship Date – March 16th, 2011

Witchblade #139 Randy Queen LBCC Variant Cover

Witchblade #139 LBCC_Queen(W) Ron Marz (A) Michael Gaydos (Cov) Randy Queen

Get this exclusive convention variant cover by Randy Queen (Darkchylde), previously available only at Long Beach Comic-Con. Quantities are limited, allocations may occur.

Full Color            32 pages            $10.00            Variant Exclusive

Magdalena #8

Magdalena #8 COVA(WIP)_Keu(W) Ron Marz (A) Keu Cha      (Cov) Keu Cha, Nelson Blake II

Artist Keu Cha Returns to Comics!

Patience, the current Magdalena, has defended the church from demons, cultists, and even other Artifact bearers. Will she be able to survive against another Magdalena candidate? Or will she become the next in a long line of martyred Magdalenas?

Classic Top Cow artist Keu Cha (Witchblade, Rising Stars) reunites for a special two-issue arc with series author Ron Marz (Artifacts). Featuring a painted cover by Cha and a striking cover by series artist Nelson Blake II (Pilot Season: Murderer).

Full Color 32 pages $3.99  ongoing series

Expected Ship Date – March 23rd, 2011

Magdalena #7 Signed Edition

Magdalena #7 Keu(W) Ron Marz (A) Keu Cha      (Cov) Nelson Blake II

Get a limited edition first issue signed by Ron Marz, Keu Cha, and Nelson Blake II. Quantities are limited, allocations may occur.

Full Color            32 pages            $14.99            Signed Edition

Twilight Guardian #3

Twilight Guardian #3 COVA(WIP)_Spokes(W) Troy Hickman (A) Siddharth Kotian      (Cov) Jeffrey Spokes

The Pilot Season Winner Returns in “Heroes and Villains” Part 3!

It’s a case of multiple personalities as Twilight Guardian is pitched several possible interpretations of her tireless war on crime in her very own comic book! Which identity will Twilight Guardian choose? And has her arch villain Dusk Devil finally come to confront her on her home turf?

Eisner-nominated creator and writer Troy Hickman (Common Grounds) and talented up-and-coming artist Siddharth Kotian (Eat The Dead) continue the highly anticipated four-issue mini-series. Issue #3 features a portrait of Twilight Guardians by Jeffrey Spokes (Witchblade, Irredeemable).

Full Color 32 pages $3.99  limited series

Expected Ship Date – March 9th, 2011

Twilight Guardian #1 Signed Edition

Twilight Guardian #1 COVA_Jones(W) Troy Hickman         (A) Siddharth Kotian      (Cov) Eric Jones

Get a limited edition first issue signed by creator and writer Troy Hickman. Quantities are limited, allocations may occur.

Full Color            32 pages            $14.99            Signed Edition

Witchblade Redemption Volume 2 TPB

Witchblade Redemption TPBv02_cover(W) Ron Marz, Phil Smith (A) Stjepan Sejic, Michael Gaydos, Alina Urusov (Cov) Stjepan Sejic

Redemption Meets Artifacts!

Sara Pezzini, current bearer of the Witchblade, has been to Hell and back. As she finally begins to get her private and work life back in order, the Universe decides it has other plans. Sara must help a kindred spirit in Abby van Alstine, the Necromancer, deal with her powers and mantle and then is dragged into the epic Artifacts storyline when her daughter Hope is taken and her sister Julie is killed by the same robotic assassin Sara let get away in the recent past.

Collected in this volume are a series of stand-alone Witchblade stories originally printed in issues #137-141 written by Top Cow architect Ron Marz (Artifacts, Magdalena) and featuring art by Stjepan Sejic (Angelus). Also included as a special bonus is Witchblade: Due Process by Top Cow Holiday Special team Phil Smith and Alina Urusov. Featuring behind-the-scenes sketches, script pages, and cover gallery by Sejic, Eisner award winner Michael Gaydos (Alias), Urusov and Randy Queen (Darkchylde).

“Marz and Sejic as they continue to drive the Witchblade title to new heights with great stories and great artwork.” – Comic Attack

“I can’t say enough great things about this book.” – Image Addiction

“Compelling storytelling, beautiful artwork and dynamic characters make this a series not to be missed.” – Weekly Comic Review

“…a first-rate book that I thoroughly enjoyed.” – Best Shots @Newsarama

Full Color 160 pages $19.99  trade paperback

Expected Ship Date – March 16th, 2011

Witchblade Volume 1 Deluxe Slipcase

Witchblade Deluxe Edition Slip Casev 01_COV_mockup_lo(W) Ron Marz (A) Michael Choi, Chris Bachelo, Stephen Sadowski, Stjepan Sejic, and Top Cow’s Finest (Cov) Stjepan Sejic

Available for the first time, this limited edition beautiful slipcase collects Witchblade Volume 1 through 4 by Ron Marz (Artifacts) at a bargain price. These volumes collect issues #80 through #109. Quantities are limited, allocations may occur.

Full Color            820 pages            $49.99            Set (x4 Trades)

Expected Ship Date – March 30th, 2011

Darkness Origins Volume 3 TP

Darkness Origins TPBv03_cover(W) Garth Ennis, Malachy Coney (A) Marc Silvestri, Joe Benitez (Cov) Joe Benitez

Sonatine Returns and The Magdalena Debuts!

Go back and see Jackie Estacado as a fledgling bearer of The Darkness as The Darkness Origins trade line continues. Jackie’s life is turned further upside down when his foster sister, Appolonia Franchetti returns to New York and the ruthless mafia princess soon plots to become the next Angelus in order to crush her sibling. Soon after, Jackie is confronted by yet another righteous woman who wishes to see him dead – the Magdalena!

Collected in this volume are classic issues #11-18 by Garth Ennis (Preacher) and Malachy Coney with art by Marc Silvestri (X-Men/Dark Avengers: Utopia) and Joe Benitez (Lady Mechanika).

Full Color 160 pages $19.99  trade paperback

Expected Ship Date – March 2nd, 2011

Echoes #4

Echoes #4 COV(DONE)_REkedal_1stdraft(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov (A) Rahsan Ekedal      (Cov) Rahsan Ekedal

A Tale of Suspense and Psychological Horror!

Brian Cohn is living a nightmare. His recently deceased father, who Brian shares the disease of schizophrenia with, confessed to being a serial killer of little girls on his death bed. Now Brian is racing to solve the mystery of a missing child in his town, all the while feeling his condition taking a deeper and deeper grip on his psyche and his mind beginning to unravel.

From acclaimed author Joshua Hale Fialkov (Tumor, Pilot Season: Alibi) and rising star artist Rahsan Ekedal (Creepy) a disturbing story of murder and mystery wrapped in questions of sanity.

“This is an absolute buy.  I can’t recommend it enough.” – Graphic Policy

“ You’d be hard-pressed to find a more gripping and inventive psychological thriller in any medium.” – Panels on Pages

Grayscale 32 pages $2.99  limited series

Expected Ship Date – March 23rd, 2011

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