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Preview: Artifacts #29

Artifacts #29

Story By: Ron Marz
Art By: Nelson Blake II
Cover By: Stjepan Sejic
Price: $3.99

Who is Tilly Grimes? A goth? A punk? A numeromancer? Partner to FBI Profiler and Rapture bearer Tom Judge? She’s all those and more, gifted or perhaps cursed with the ability to glean the future from mathematical equations. Learn the truth about Tilly in a stand-alone issue unlike any other you’ve ever seen.

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Fighting Lion Comics Launches with Brik Jones and Human: Oceanic

Fighting Lion Comics is a new comic book print and web publisher which launched recently at Stan Lee’s Comikaze convention. They’re now launching their  first title Brik Jones: Attorney For Earth with a limited edition Ashcan comic book written by Phil Smith and illustrated by Sid Kotian.

Brik Jones is slated for 5 issues and is in the process of becoming a print and web comic. Issues will be sold periodically as they are completed. The Fighting Lion Comics website will act as part production blog and part webcomic showing off the series as it progresses.

Who is Brik Jones? The character is the Interstellar appointed Attorney for Earth. The Ashcan story, “The Case of Case number 69” is more of a “day in the life” type of story told well after the classic comics style origin story. The Origin Story? That will be forthcoming in future installments via web and print. At this time we are securing an artist for the first 5 issue arc. Sid had time in his schedule between bookings to do this installment for which I am very grateful!

Following the success of the launch at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Fighting Lion Comics is looking to kick off the limited series. The publisher is currently looking for an artist to commit to the series for the first 5 issues.

Fighting Lion Comics has also launched a Kickstarter campaign for Human: Oceanic a 160 page, digest sized, hard cover with dust jacket. The graphic novel is written by Phil Smith and illustrated by J.K. Woodward.

Preview – Top Cow Holiday Special OGN

Official Press Release

TOP COW HOLIDAY SPECIAL OGN

(W) Phil Smith, Paul Dini   (A) Alina Urusov, Stephanie Gladden  (Cov) Alina Urusov, Stephanie Gladden

Join the Witchblade, The Darkness, Angelus, Magdalena, Cyberforce, Hunter-Killer and other Top Cow Universe favorites in the TOP COW HOLIDAY 2010 SPECIAL! When a distraught mother surrenders her baby at a New York City fire station during a winter snowstorm, Sara Pezzini, Jackie Estacado, the Hunter-Killers, and other Top Cow Universe characters find themselves pulled together in the spirit of the holidays to aid the innocent newborn. What quickly becomes apparent is there are larger sinister forces at play here with the baby as the focal point of a supernatural event that will take Top Cow greatest heroes banding together to save, not only a city, but a single child as well.

A fan favorite holiday character returns with JINGLE BELLE: GROUNDED!  When Jing again breaks her parents rules, she is forced to spend Christmas Eve GROUNDED. But when Santa is also caught in a lie, he has to share the same punishment! Neither father nor daughter can leave the North Pole until they apologize, and with the contentious Kringles not speaking to each other, Christmas is doomed!

The collection also features a preview from Marc Silvestri’s new project SEPTEMBER MOURNING, new and never before seen short stories, pin-ups and one-page strips staring Polly, Super Rica and Rashy, Ida Red, and other characters from the extended Jingle Belle universe. As a special bonus, it reprints the popular book-length story “Jingle Belle: Santa Claus VS Frankenstein!”

96 pages    Full Color    Trade Paperback   $12.99

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Review – Witchblade: Due Process


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Witchblade: Due Process #1 COVA_stampedWitchblade: Due Process is a one shot that I went into with a lot of high hopes (maybe too high).  The premise was very promising.  Sara Pezzini has to deal with a person she wrongly sent to jail.  Of course there’s a “super power” element to it, with the person in question having made a deal with a possibly evil presence.

Sara has to make amends with an innocent man she sent to prison.

Before young Sara Pezzini was called to bear the Witchblade she made a horrible mistake that destroyed a man’s life. Today that man is being released from prison and has to put the pieces of his life back together. In order to protect his family, this desperate father made a deal with demonic forces, and now it is time to pay. When Sara tries to reach out and make her past wrong right, she’s confronted by demonic forces. The stakes: a man’s very soul.

I was expecting a pretty deep introspective look at Pezzini and her actions and how she’s dealing with her actions.  At the same time I’d also expect a look at the person wrongly jailed.  We get that a bit, but interestingly the size of the issue actually works against it.  This one shot would of benefited as a lengthier graphic novel or a three issue mini-series.

The issue is good and entertaining, but it doesn’t get as deep as I’d hope.  The “super power” aspect of it (I can’t think of a better description) opened up such an interesting aspect to the various characters (I don’t want to ruin it) and then there’s the relationship between Pezzini and the jailed.  We don’t quite get it as much as I’d of hoped.

It’s an interesting read, but definitely could of gained from being longer in a different format.

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Preview – Witchblade: Due-Process

Official Press Release

WITCHBLADE: DUE PROCESS #1 ONE-SHOT

(w) Phil Smith   (a) Alina Urusov   (cov) Alina Urusov

Sara has to make amends with an innocent man she sent to prison.

Before young Sara Pezzini was called to bear the Witchblade she made a horrible mistake that destroyed a man’s life. Today that man is being released from prison and has to put the pieces of his life back together. In order to protect his family, this desperate father made a deal with demonic forces, and now it is time to pay. When Sara tries to reach out and make her past wrong right, she’s confronted by demonic forces. The stakes: a man’s very soul.

Written by Phil Smith (Trinity: Blood on the Sands) with art by Alina Urusov (X-23, Young Avengers).

Full Color   32 Pages   $3.99

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