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Review – Tracker Volume 1 Trade Paperback


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A serial killer story with a twist, Tracker is a fairly entertaining series that has it’s issues here and there, but still worth the read.  Written by Jonathan Lincoln with art by Francis Tsai, Derec Donavan and Abhishek Malsuni the series follows an FBI agent tracking down a mysterious serial killer.

Alex O’Roark, the FBI’s top tracker, has his perfect life ripped to shreds when a case to capture the world’s most dangerous serial killer leads him straight into the maw of a werewolf. Now, keeping his secret from his gorgeous fiancé and the FBI, he must hunt down the wolf that infected him before the disease turns him into a monster.

The beginning of the story starts off fantastic.  It’s beyond entertaining and very original.  The pacing is good and interaction with the characters is great.  My only issue is the finale of the series and a break-in/break-out that’s a bit over the top for a series that’s pretty grounded.

It’s entertaining enough though, and a nice first outing for those involved.

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Preview – Tracker Volume 1 Trade Paperback

Official Press Release

TRACKER VOLUME 1 TRADE PAPERBACK

(W) Jonathan Lincoln    (A) Francis Tsai, Derec Donavan, Abhishek Malsuni    (Cov) Francis Tsai

The first property from Heroes and Villains Entertainment collected!
Alex O’Roark, the FBI’s top tracker, has his perfect life ripped to shreds when a case to capture the world’s most dangerous serial killer leads him straight into the maw of a werewolf. Now, keeping his secret from his gorgeous fiancé and the FBI, he must hunt down the wolf that infected him before the disease turns him into a monster.

“All in all, I was pleasantly surprised with Tracker, and look forward to more.” – Newsarama
“It’s mature and gritty, yet mysterious and supernatural, allowing the reality to lead the fiction into believable circumstances.” – Fangoria
“The book manages to take a basic serial killer story and give it a twist” – Player Affinity
“Lincoln’s writing is concise, and easy to follow, but never oversimplified.” – Geeks of Doom

Full Color     144 Pages    $14.99     Trade Paperback

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Review – Tracker #5


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Tracker #5 COVA_stampedWritten by Jonathan Lincoln and art by Abhishek MalsuniTracker #5 is a very interesting comic book.  I enjoyed the first issue I ever read in May (#4) and went into this the fifth issue (my second) with an open mind knowing the potential it had.  The comic is an interesting mash-up of an FBI procedural (sort of) with werewolves.  The two together works pretty well.

The first property from Top Cow and Heroes and Villains Entertainment comes to a pulse-pounding conclusion!  FBI tracker Alex O’Roark finally comes face-to-face and claw-to-claw with his maker – the serial killer Herod! But will Alex be able to control his animalistic instincts long enough to extract the sample of Herod’s blood to end his own suffering?

There’s a lot packed into this issue.  The big show down, the scheme to get to that point, some relationship drama and a twist ending that I can’t say I fully got.

My issue with these two issues I’ve read is I didn’t read the first three.  It’s a good comic, they both are, but there’s some built up drama I missed, and a bit of what’s going on that went over my head.  This isn’t a comic book you can just pick up.  This is a five issue arc.  It’ll read great as a trade and as a single issue it would have been better.  Overall I have to say, if you’ve read the first four issues you’ll enjoy the fifth.  For those that are new to the series, definitely pick up the eventual trade.

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Preview – Tracker #5

Official Press Release

TRACKER #5

(W) Jonathan Lincoln  (A) Abhishek Malsuni  (Cov) Francis Tsai

The first property from Top Cow and Heroes and Villains Entertainment comes to a pulse-pounding conclusion!  FBI tracker Alex O’Roark finally comes face-to-face and claw-to-claw with his maker – the serial killer Herod! But will Alex be able to control his animalistic instincts long enough to extract the sample of Herod’s blood to end his own suffering?

32 Pages  Full Color  Limited Series  $3.99

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Artifacts Volume 1 Trade Paperback

(W) Ron Marz                  (A) Michael Broussard      (Cov) Top Cow’s Finest

Catch up on the Event of the Year!

Discover the series that has everyone buzzing with this introductory priced trade paperback collection released to coincide with the beginning of the second chapter of the yearlong event! Separately, thirteen mystical Artifacts will guide the fate of the Universe. Together, thirteen Artifacts will end the Universe. When a mysterious antagonist kidnaps, Hope, the daughter of Sara Pezzini and Jackie Estacado, Armageddon is put into motion. Starring virtually every character in the Top Cow Universe, this is a series for diehard fans and new readers alike.

Written by Top Cow Universe architect Ron Marz (Witchblade, Magdalena) and featuring art by Michael Broussard (The Darkness), this volume collects Artifacts #1-#4 along with the Free Comic Book Day #0 issue and a beautiful cover gallery, behind-the-scenes extras, and much more!

“ It’s loud, widescreen comic book mayhem that sticks to the roof of your brain” – 4 out 5 stars – Comic Book Resources

“…dramatic and heavy…visually striking…” – Newsarama

“…great writing and great art are in perfect tandem.” – Crave Online

“I have a feeling this book is going to be huge.” – 4.5 out of 5 stars – Comicvine

Full Color                        160 pages                        $9.99              trade paperback

Expected Ship Date – November 17th, 2010

Artifacts #1 Second Printing

(W) Ron Marz                  (A) Michael Broussard         (Cov) Michael Broussard

For fans who missed out on Artifacts the first time around, Top Cow offers this special wraparound cover second printing of the landmark first issue.

Full Color            32 pages            $3.99                        limited series

The Darkness #89

(W) Phil Hester         (A) Sheldon Mitchell      (Cov) Bane

Outer Darkness, Part 1 of 6!

With the threat of the Sovereign finally removed from his life, Jackie believes he can get some well-deserved rest. Beaten and worn down, Jackie simply wants some brief peace. But just as he believes he has a grasp on the true nature of The Darkness, Jackie’s world is opened up to another dimension all together. And with it, the Darkness War begins…

Full Color                        32 pages                        $2.99              ongoing series

Expected Ship Date – November 3rd, 2010

The Darkness/Darkchylde: Kingdom Pain San Diego Comic-Con Wraparound Variant Cover

(W) Randy Queen         (A) Randy & Sarah Queen         (Cov) Randy & Sarah Queen

Get this gorgeous wraparound convention variant cover by artists Randy & Sarah Queen, previously available exclusively at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Quantities are limited, allocations may occur.

Full Color            48 pages            $15.00            Convention Exclusive

The Darkness: Four Horsemen #4 (of 4)

(W) David Hine                  (A) Jeff Wamester                  (Cov) Jeff Wamester

The Darkest Tale of The Darkness Yet!

Apocalypse has come to Ginsberg, CA! Two ominous powers arrive in town, one of ultimate light and the other of deepest darkness, and Jackie Estacado is trapped between them. The Four Horsemen are ascending to their full power. Can Jackie muster the power to prevent the end of the world?

From David Hine (Batman: Arkham Asylum) and up-and-coming artist Jeff Wamester (Frenemy of the State).

Full Color                        32 pages                        $3.99              limited series

Expected Ship Date – November 10th, 2010

Magdalena #5 (of 13)

(W) Ron Marz                  (A) Nelson Blake II      (Cov) Ryan Sook

The Penultimate Chapter in Patience’s Return!

When Patience, the latest in a long line of The Magdalena, bearer of the Spear of Destiny, and Kristof, her mentor and Knight of Malta, confront the demonic cult in ancient catacombs they soon find themselves overwhelmed. Patience has been told that Magdalena bearers tend to lead short lives and she is about to find out why first hand.

Full Color                        32 pages                        $3.99              ongoing series

Expected Ship Date – November 3rd, 2010

Witchblade #143
(W) Ron Marz                  (A) Stjepan Sejic                  (Cov) Stjepan Sejic

Tiamat, Part 4 of 4!

Sara knows that it is always darkest before the dawn, but this time, the combined toll of the “War of the Witchblades,” the death of her sister Julie, the kidnapping of her daughter Hope, and now the relentless onslaught of the God-Queen Tiamat on New York may prove to be too much for even the bearer of the Balance to overcome.

Full Color             32 pages             $2.99              ongoing series
Expected Ship Date – November 10th, 2010

Velocity #1 Supercon Blank Sketch Variant Cover

(W) Ron Marz                  (A) Kenneth Rocafort                  (Cov) Your Favorite Artist

Get this blank sketch convention variant cover, previously available exclusively at Florida Supercon. Quantities are limited, allocations may occur.

Full Color            32 pages            $10.00            Convention Exclusive

Top Cow Bible Addendum #1
(W) Top Cow’s Finest                  (A) Top Cow’s Finest                  (Cov) Top Cow’s Finest

Find Out What Top Cow Has In Store in 2011 and Beyond!

Debuting at Comic-Con International in San Diego, Top Cow releases its first Addendum to the Top Cow Bible. Featuring over 25 new properties and series overviews accompanied by stunning brand new art from artist like Marc Silvestri, Dale Keown, Kenneth Rocafort, Jeffrey Spokes, Erik Jones, Jorge Lucas, and many more. This is a must have for any true Top Cow fan. Find out how “We Create…”

Full Color             32 pages             $5.00                        convention exclusive
Expected Ship Date – November 10th, 2010

Velocity #1 San Diego Comic-Con Variant Cover

(W) Ron Marz                  (A) Kenneth Rocafort                  (Cov) Kenneth Rocafort

Get this stunning sketch convention variant cover by series artist Kenneth Rocafort, previously available exclusively at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Quantities are limited, allocations may occur.

Full Color            32 pages            $10.00            Convention Exclusive

Tracker Volume 1 Trade Paperback

(W) Jonathan Lincoln         (A) Francis Tsai, Derec Donavan, Abhishek Malsuni         (Cov) Francis Tsai

The first property from Heroes and Villains Entertainment collected!

Alex O’Roark, the FBI’s top tracker, has his perfect life ripped to shreds when a case to capture the world’s most dangerous serial killer leads him straight into the maw of a werewolf.  Now, keeping his secret from his gorgeous fiancé and the FBI, he must hunt down the wolf that infected him before the disease turns him into a monster.

“All in all, I was pleasantly surprised with Tracker, and look forward to more.” – Newsarama

“It’s mature and gritty, yet mysterious and supernatural, allowing the reality to lead the fiction into believable circumstances.” – Fangoria

“The book manages to take a basic serial killer story and give it a twist” – Player Affinity

“Lincoln’s writing is concise, and easy to follow, but never oversimplified.” – Geeks of Doom

Full Color            144 pages            $14.99              trade paperback

Expected Ship Date – November 24th, 2010

HVE 2011 San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive Preview Book

(W) Various                  (A) Paolo Pantalena, Eric Basaldua                  (Cov) Paolo Pantalena

Find out the exciting new series in store from Heroes and Villains Entertainment and Top Cow Productions in 2011 in this exclusive preview book, first offered only at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Included in this preview book are first looks at Epoch, Son of Merlin, and Netherworld.

Full Color            24 pages            $1.00                        Convention Exclusive

Top Cow Reveals Comic-Con International 2010 Signing Schedule

Official Press Release

Top Cow Productions

TOP COW REVEALS COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2010 SIGNING SCHEDULE

LOS ANGELES, Calif., July 19, 2010 – Comic-Con International in San Diego is days away and Top Cow Productions, Inc. is excited you’ll be spending time with us.  Below are several creators who are just as thrilled that you’ll be making a stop at the Top Cow Booth #2629:

Thursday, July 22

10:00 – 11:00am:   William Harms, Thomas Nachlik

11:00 – 12:00pm:   Nelson Blake II, Sheldon Mitchell, Rick Basaldua

11:30 – 12:30pm:   Ale Garza

12:00 – 1:30pm:    Ron Marz, Kenneth Rocafort

12:30 – 1:30pm:    Rob Levin, Bryan Edward Hill

1:30 – 3:00pm:      Michael Broussard, Ryan Winn, Troy Peteri

2:00 – 3:00pm:      Phil Hester

5:00 – 6:00pm:      Rick Basaldua, Richard Fairgray, Eric Basaldua

5:30 – 6:30pm:      Joshua Hale Fialkov

6:00 – 7:00pm:      Sheldon Mitchell, Paolo Pantalena

Friday, July 23

10:00 – 11:00am:   Rob Levin, Bryan Edward Hill, David Hine, Jeff Wamester

11:00 – 12:00pm:   Kenneth Rocafort, Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman, Richard Fairgray

12:00 – 1:00pm:     Sheldon Mitchell, Troy Peteri, Joe Weems

12:00 – 1:30pm:     Phil Hester

1:00 – 2:30pm:       Marc Silvestri, Michael Broussard, Emily Lazar

1:30 – 2:30pm:       Ron Marz

2:30 – 3:30pm:       Milo Ventimiglia, Russ Cundiff, Rick Loverd, Jeremy Haun

4:30 – 5:30pm:       Jason Rubin, Sal Regla, Josh Hale Fialkov, Rahsan Ekedal

5:30 – 6:30pm:       David Marquez, William Harms, Thomas Nachlik, Jonathan Lincoln

Saturday, July 24

10:00 – 11:00am:    David Hine, Jeff Wamester, Rick Basaldua, Paolo Pantalena

11:00 – 12:00pm:    Kenneth Rocafort

11:30 – 1:00pm:      Ron Marz, Michael Broussard, Troy Peteri

12:00 – 1:00pm:      Rick Loverd, Jeremy Haun

1:00 – 2:00pm:        Thomas Nachlik, William Harms, Jonathan Lincoln

2:00 – 3:00pm:        Richard Fairgray, Rahsan Ekedal, Randy Queen, Sarah Queen

3:00 – 4:00pm:        Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman

3:00 – 4:30pm:        Sheldon Mitchell, Eric Basaldua

4:00 – 5:00pm:        Ale Garza, Troy Peteri

4:30 – 5:30pm:        Jason Rubin, Sal Regla, Joe Weems

5:00 – 6:30pm:        Marc Silvestri, Emily Lazar

5:30 – 6:30pm:        Rob Levin, Bryan Edward Hill

Sunday, July 25

10:00 – 11:00am:    Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman, Rick Basaldua

11:00 – 12:00pm:    David Marquez, Thomas Nachlik

12:00 – 1:00pm:      Rob Levin, Bryan Edward Hill, Rick Loverd, Jeremy Haun

1:00 – 2:00pm:        David Hine, Jeff Wamester, Eric Basaldua, Ale Garza

2:00 – 3:00pm:        Richard Fairgray, Joshua Hale Fialkov, Paolo Pantalena

3:00 – 4:00pm:        Sheldon Mitchell, Rick Basaldua

4:00 – 5:00pm:        Kenneth Rocafort, Michael Broussard

PLEASE NOTE: All dates/times are subject to change.  Sketch tickets will be available at the beginning of each day of the show.  Sketch tickets are limited one per fan per day. Fans must be present at the appointed signing time to redeem their sketch ticket. Not all artists appearing at the Top Cow booth will offer free sketches and fans should inquire at the booth on the morning they plan to get a sketch for availability.

Be sure to check out the Top Cow “We Create” Multimedia panel on Saturday, July 24 at 1:30-2:30pm in Room 9 as well.

For up-to-date information on Top Cow’s plans at Comic-Con International in San Diego, please visit www.topcow.com or follow us on Twitter (@TopCow).

Top Cow at Comic-Con International 2010

Official Press Release

BE AMONG THE FIRST TO START THE ARTIFACTS JOURNEY
TOP COW AT COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2010

LOS ANGELES, Calif., July 12, 2010 – Top Cow Productions, Inc.’s race to Artifacts will include a stop at this year’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, California, the world’s biggest and most exciting popular convention, from July 22nd – 25th.

Top Cow will once again storm into the convention and set up shop at booth #2629.  Among the goods to prepare attendees of CCI 2010 for the race to Artifacts will be exclusives, preview books, free goodies, variant comics and trade paperbacks, including free copies of Artifacts #0 as well as other comics, posters and bookmarks (while supplies last).

Attendees are invited to join Marc Silvestri (Dark Avengers/Uncanny X-Men: Utopia), President Matt Hawkins, and Publisher Filip Sablik for an exciting and lively multimedia presentation about Top Cow’s plans for 2010 and 2011 in comics, film, television and much more. Be the first to hear announcements and updates on film projects including Witchblade, Magdalena, Alibi, Wanted, and The A-Team. Plus announcements on new comic projects with creators including Ron Marz (Artifacts), Jeff Katz (American Original, Freddy vs. Jason), Phil Hester (The Darkness) plus surprise guest directors, screenwriters, producers and more!  The panel will be featured in room 9 from 1:30-2:30pm under the title Top Cow: “We Create” Multimedia, on Saturday, July 24th.

The schedule for signings as well as portfolio reviews at Top Cow booth #2629 will be released at a later date and will be available online at www.topcow.com as well as at the booth at the start of each day.

Joining the Top Cow team at booth #2629 will be Marc Silvestri, Ron Marz (Artifacts), Phil Hester (The Darkness), Michael Broussard (Artifacts), Kenneth Rocafort (Velocity), Jeremy Haun (Berserker), Eric Basaldua (Witchblade Annual), William Harms (Impaler), Rob Levin (Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box), Bryan Edward Hill (Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box), Nelson Blake II (Magdalena), Marc Bernardin (Genius), Adam Freeman (Genius), Jeff Wamester (The Darkness: Four Horsemen), David Hine (The Darkness: Four Horsemen), Jason Rubin (The Iron Saint), Joshua Ortega (Necromancer), Rick Loverd (Berserker), Sheldon Mitchell (The Darkness), Rahsan Ekedal (The Crazies, Echoes), Joshua Hale Fialkov (The Crazies, Echoes), Randy Queen (The Darkness/Darkchylde: Kingdom Pain), Sarah Queen (The Darkness/Darkchylde: Kingdom Pain), Jonathan Lincoln (Tracker), Rick Basaldua (The Darkness) and several other surprise guests.

Fans should note that because of anticipated crowding issues; artists appearing at the Top Cow booth will only be able to do a limited amount of free sketches per sitting.  Sketch tickets will be available at the beginning of each day of the show.  Sketch tickets are limited one per fan per day.  Fans must be present at the appointed signing time to redeem their sketch ticket.  Not all artists appearing at the Top Cow booth will offer free sketches and fans should inquire at the booth on the morning they plan to get a sketch for availability.

Also at the Top Cow booth #2629, the publisher will offer several items exclusive to Comic-Con International including three convention variant cover comic exclusives, two limited edition hardcovers, and an unannounced bargain-priced anthology book.

Fans who stop by the booth will be among the first to grab a copy of the debut issue to mega-event series, Artifacts by Marz and Broussard. Artifacts promises to be Top Cow’s most ambitious series to date and will weave together story lines from a number of Top Cow titles, including Witchblade, The Darkness, Angelus and Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box.  It has been known for some time that thirteen mystical Artifacts guide the fate of the Top Cow Universe.  For centuries, it’s been whispered that bringing together all 13 artifacts would bring upon mankind’s destruction.  The series will begin with a mysterious figure who seeks to put Armageddon into motion.  Artifacts #1 will arrive in stores on Wednesday, July 28th.

For up-to-date information on Top Cow’s plans at Comic-Con International in San Diego, please visit www.topcow.com or follow us on Twitter (@TopCow).

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Review – Tracker #4


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Have you heard of Tracker?  Yeah, neither have I.  But I found a preview and review of the fourth issue of the comic series in my inbox this past week.  I was intrigued with the premise.

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 series is a different take on the werewolf mythos involving a serial killer and the FBI agent who’s been infected and trying to find a cure.  An interesting twist and one I definitely looked forward to checking out.

The issue saw a team of FBI agents track down the villain Herod’s next victim who turns out to be a young boy.  Where the story goes from there is pretty predictable with debates on how right it is to use a child as bait.  What added to the series was the interaction between the Alex O’Roark his wife and O’Roark’s partner Jezebel Kendal.  There’s potential between that triangle to make the series stand out a bit.

While the plot was pretty predictable, the story was entertaining enough.  How much so?  Check out the extended review below.

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Preview – Tracker #4

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TRACKER #4

story JONATHAN LINCOLN
art DEREC DONOVAN
cover FRANCIS TSAI
32 PAGES / FC $3.99

Released May 26

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?

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