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Preview – Sunset HC

Sunset HC

Story by: Christos Gage Art By: Jorge Lucas
Price: $19.99

SOMETIMES ALL YOU CAN DO IS GO OUT WITH GUNS BLAZING…
In the noir tradition of Chandler and Spillane comes SUNSET, a two-fisted tale of revenge and redemption. On the surface, Nick Bellamy looks like any other veteran retiree left behind by a modern world. In reality, Nick is a former enforcer, who stole a fortune and years of freedom from his former mob boss. Now, in the twilight of his life, Nick will lose everything he cares about except two things: revenge… and the chance to die with his guns blazing.

Writer CHRISTOS GAGE (Avengers Academy, GI Joe: Cobra) and artist JORGE LUCAS (THE DARKNESS) promise to hit hard with Minotaur Press’s first original graphic novel that will make you forget all about your Prius and organic whole-grain trans-fat-free diet.

Preview – Top Cow First Look Trade Paperback – Sunset #1

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TOP COW FIRST LOOK VOLUME 1 TRADE PAPERBACK

(W) Christos Gage, Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman, Jason Rubin, B. Clay Moore, Joshua Hale Fialkov, John Mahoney and Filip Sablik
(A) Jorge Lucas, Afua Richardson, Tyler Kirkham, Nelson Blake II and Thomas Nachlik
(Cov) Top Cow’s Finest

Six New #1 Issues for only Five Bucks!

In an unparalleled publishing initiative, Top Cow proudly presents a collection of six never-before-seen first issues of upcoming series bound in a single collection. Sunset by Christos Gage (Avengers Academy) and Jorge Lucas (The Darkness) tells the tale of an old Vegas enforcer on a quest for revenge in his twilight years. The Pilot Season 2008 winning team of Marc Bernardin & Adam Freeman (The Authority) and Afua Richardson (Cyblade) returns with Genius—a story of a young African-American military genius taking over LA’s gangs. Jason Rubin (The Iron Saint) and Tyler Kirkham (Green Lantern Corps) unveil the supernatural murder-mystery Mysterious Ways. B. Clay Moore (Hawaiian Dick) and Nelson Blake II (Magdalena) take you deep into space horror with Black Vault. And reintroducing Top Cow’s Minotaur imprint come two dark series: Joshua Hale Fialkov & Rahsan Ekedal’s (The Cleaners) generational serial killer Echoes, and Last Mortal, a supernatural noir adventure from Filip Sablik, John Mahoney, and Thomas Nachlik.

160 PAGES / Full Color / TRADE PAPERBACK / $4.99

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Review – Top Cow First Look


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Top Cow First LookI’ll just cut to the chase when it comes to Top Cow First Look, this is a must buy.  Six fantastic stories for $4.99.  Less than $1 an issue, this is a no brainer.  So, where do I begin with each tale, I guess it’s easiest to take them one at a time and just praise each of them in their own little way with a modified review.

Genius is written by Marc Bernardin and Adam Freeman with art by Troy Peteri.  Someone’s united all of the gangs in Los Angeles.  One cop believes this person exists and the LAPD is dealing with a very bright individual.  But would anyone believe that leader is a woman?  The story is original, the art is great and I wanted more and more.  This kick ass story starts off this steal.  Rating: 9

Sunset, takes on a man who has a mysterious past.  Written by Christos Gage and the art by Jorge Lucas, this is a mix of Dirty Harry or Gran Torino.  A revenge tale with a lot of ass kicking.  The entire issue is a build, and ends just as it’s getting good.  Great story, and great art.  Rating: 9

Mysterious Ways is the weakest of the bunch, but still really good.  Written by Jason Rubin with pencils by Tyler Kirkham and inks by Sal Regla is the story of a gruesome murder and some spiritual things behind it.  My biggest issue with this story is it’s a bit choppy and part just don’t make sense.  Still the art is tight, and it’s entertaining.  Rating: 8

Black Vault is something I didn’t see coming.  To say why it’s so good is to reveal the twist at the end.  This story written by B. Clay Moore and art by Nelson Blake II takes place on the International Space Station and involves a very mysterious crew who arrive with a cargo that’s not quite what it seems.  This has tons of potential and I want to see where it goes.  Rating: 9.5

The final two entries are from Minotaur Press who are being picked up by Top Cow.

Echoes by the brilliant Joshua Hale Fialkov with art by Rashan Ekedal is so beyond twisted and so freaking good.  This a psycological thriller along with the likes of Silence of the Lambs.  You know where this is going, and the pacing and build up are perfect.  I love the black and white art (it’s a perfect fit) and can’t imagine what comes next.  This is so good I hope folks are seriously taking a look at it for the big or small screen.  Rating: 10

The final story of the bunch is Last Mortal, written by John Mahoney and Filip Sablik with art by Thomas Nachlik.  A very interesting tale that doesn’t reveal what’s going on until the very last panel.  It’s one story that crosses over into something totally different.  Again this is a black and white comic, which works for it.  A very creative and engaging beginning that sucks you right in.  Rating: 9

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Top Cow First Look Volume 1 Trade Paperback

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SIX NEW #1 TOP COW ISSUES FOR ONLY FIVE BUCKS

TOP COW FIRST LOOK VOLUME 1 TRADE PAPERBACK

LOS ANGELES, Calif., September 2, 2010 – Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced today that the publisher will be releasing six new #1 issues in the upcoming Top Cow First Look Volume 1 trade paperback.  Scheduled to be in stores October 6, 2010, the Top Cow First Look is a new publishing initiative that will allow readers to sample new titles from six dramatically different creative teams in a single collection at a reasonable price point.

For readers new to Top Cow, the Top Cow First Look trade will provide an exclusive “first look” at the publisher’s latest creation in the crime noir, suspense, urban action, space horror, supernatural mystery and revenge genres.  The follow titles are collected in the first volume:

One of the winners of the 2008 Top Cow Pilot Season, Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman and Afua Richardson present the first issue in their upcoming miniseries, Genius centers on the story of a young African-American military genius taking over Los Angeles’ gangs.

Written by Christos Gage (Avengers Academy) with by the art team of Jorge Lucas (The Darkness) and Felix Serrano, Sunset tells the tale of an old Vegas enforcer on a quest for revenge in his twilight years.

Writer Jason Rubin (The Iron Saint), penciler Tyler Kirkham (Green Lantern Corps), inker Sal Regla and colorist Arif Prianto of IFS, unveils the supernatural murder-mystery Mysterious Ways.

B. Clay Moore, Nelson Blake II and Dave McCaig take you deep into space horror with  Black Vault.

Kicking off the newly relaunched Minotaur Press line, Joshua Hale Fialkov and Rahsan Ekedal bring you a haunting generational serial killer tale with Echoes.

Written by John Mahoney and Top Cow publisher Filip Sablik with art by Thomas Nachlik present you a supernatural noir adventure about a small time criminal who discovers he cannot die with Last Mortal.

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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