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Helm Greycastle Mixes High Fantasy and Aztec Mythology

Critically acclaimed writer Henry Barajas teams up with artist Rahmat M. Handoko and colorist Bryan Valenza for the all new Latinx fantasy series Helm Greycastle. This four-issue miniseries will launch from Image Comics and Top Cow Productions this April.

Helm Greycastle will also feature alternative covers by such talent as David Lapham, Tony Parker, and Becky Cloonan, along with a bonus Latinx one-shot RPG (5E compatible) written by Tristan J. Tarwater and showcasing art by Jen Vaughn.

In Helm Greycastle, the last dragon prince has been abducted—kept prisoner by an unknown threat: AZTEC MEXICA! Helm Greycastle and his outsider comrades are here to save the prince—but are recruited by a resistance plotting to overthrow Montezuma. Will Greycastle help save the people of MEXICA…or rescue the dragon prince and flee?

Helm Greycastle #1 will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, April 28:

  • Helm Greycastle #1 Cover A Handoko & Valenza – FEB210027
  • Helm Greycastle #1 Cover B Lapham – FEB210028      
  • Helm Greycastle #1 Cover C Parker – FEB210029      
  • Helm Greycastle #1 Cover D Cloonan [limited] – FEB210030
Helm Greycastle #1

Preview: STAIRWAY Anthology

STAIRWAY Anthology

(W) Kevin Cuffe, Simon Birks, Carlos Giffoni, Joseph A. Michael, Mark Schmidt, Octavio Karbank, Christopher Preece, Austin Allen Hamblin, Omar Spahi, Frank Martin
(A) Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque, Donny Tran, Eva Cabrera, Livio Ramondelli, Balazs Valyogos, Andrea Mutti, Atilio Rojo, Christian Dibari

Genetic manipulation, paradox, alternative histories, and much more are included in this 128-page anthology of hard science fiction and genre stories! From some of the best up-and-coming talent in comics comes a mind-bending look at what makes us human.

STAIRWAY Anthology

The Complete Darkness Comes to Kickstarter featuring new art by Marc Silvestri and Stjepan Sejic

Top Cow Productions is approaching another epic milestone: 25 years of The Darkness! To celebrate the auspicious occasion, Top Cow is Kickstarting The Darkness Complete Collection Vol. 1 Hardcover while offering exclusive rewards.

The latest crowdfunding initiative offers a Kickstarter exclusive dustjacket and signature by Darkness co-creator Marc Silvestri. For the first time in seven years, there will be new Darkness art by Marc Silvestri and Stjepan Sejic. Backers can choose tiers that offer a Kickstarter exclusive The Darkness #1 facsimile variant, enamel pin, t-shirt, and remark Darkness art by Marc Silvestri.

Additional rewards include Marc Silvestri making himself available for exclusive video calls with groups of fans or one-on-one interactions.

The Darkness Complete Collection Vol. 1 Kickstarter will end on Friday, August 21st. The campaign has already far exceeded its goal so will absolutely fund when it’s campaign concludes.

Top Cow Announces the 2019 Talent Hunt Winners

Top Cow Productions

Top Cow Productions has announced the winners and runners-up for the 2019 Talent Hunt. The semi-annual competition continues Top Cow’s tradition of giving aspiring creatives a hand up, paid work, and the opportunity to work on some of the most iconic characters like The Darkness.

This year’s competition garnered over 500 submissions, Top Cow Talent hunt judge Ryan Cady returned to help Matt and Marc pick the finalists.

The winners and runners-up will join the ranks of industry juggernauts that have reached critical acclaim like Isaac Goodhart (Catwoman), Tini Howard (X-Men), and Stephanie Phillips (A Man Among Ye).

The Top Cow Talent Hunt winners and runner-up in the artist category:

Artist Winner: Gabriele Falzone

About: Gabriele Falzone is a 24-year-old Italian illustrator from Siracusa. He attends the Scuola del Fumetto in Milan. He started his career in 2017 with Gamble, published by ALT!—and illustrated La Rabbia in 2018 through Shockdom.

“I’m truly honored to have been chosen among so many artists from around the world. Thanks to all the Top Cow team for this is a great opportunity!”

Artist Runner-up: Farid Karami

About: Farid is a 26-year-old artist who has worked in animation with the aspirations to work in the comic book industry.

“I still can’t believe it. Thanks to the Top Cow Production team for this opportunity and great honor. I am forever grateful.”

The Top Cow Talent Hunt winners and runner-up in the writing category:

Writer Winner: Adam Breen

About: Adam is a writer from Dublin, Ireland. He has a degree in English and Film. As a writer, he has an ever-increasing pile of comics to read that threatens to consume his home. He enjoys movies and using his bio to say hi to his wife, Hey Sharon!

“I am deeply honored to be one of the winners in this years’ Top Cow Talent Hunt! It was a massive shock that I’m still recovering from! I’m very excited to work with so many talented people and I cannot wait to collaborate with them and help bring the story to life.”

Writer Runner-up: Rob Pilkington

About: Rob Pilkington is an LA-based writer whose comic work is featured in Cloudscape Comics’ Life Finds A Way anthology, Red Stylo Media’s What Fresh Hell Is This? anthology, and a yet-to-be-announced project with TKO Studios. His screenwriting has been recognized in the Academy’s Nicholl Fellowship semifinals and in Hollywood’s annual survey of buzzy unproduced genre screenplays, The Blood List.

“Even as a starry-eyed 90s kid in my local comic shop, Top Cow was always a boss-level presence. I’m beyond excited to be the Talent Hunt Runner-up and contribute a tiny part to the Top Cow Universe.”

A Man Among Ye Sets Sail into a Second Printing

Stephanie Phillips and Craig Cermak’s A Man Among Ye from Image Comics and Top Cow Productions will be rushed back to print in order to keep up with customer demand for the swashbuckling new series. The A Man Among Ye #1, second printing cover will feature art by Francesca Fantini.

A Man Among Ye brings to life the tale of Anne Bonny and Mary Read as they hoist the skull and crossbones, draw cutlasses, and seek a treasure that will make them legends. In an era when sailing with women was thought to be bad luck—Anne and Mary might just be the only people capable of saving the pirate way of life.

A Man Among Ye #1, second printing (Diamond Code APR208591) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 22.

A Man Among Ye #1, second printing cover

Review: A Man Among Ye #1

A Man Among Ye #1

I’ve never considered myself to be an expert on history. I know the general things you need to know but there’s no era I can really say I’m super knowledgeable. European history especially is something that I’ve never learned beyond the basics so the era of piracy is generally a mystery to me. I know some things but I couldn’t really go into detail about it. That actually made me excited to check out the debut of the Image Comics and Top Cow Productions series A Man Among Ye #1. The comic focuses on the real-world pirate Anne Bonny. It weaves a fictional narrative about a non-fictional person. Bonny, like a lot about the pirates, is a bit of a mystery as there are counter-narratives and weaving of the fantastical along with the truth.

Written by Stephanie Phillips, A Man Among Ye #1 takes us to the high seas introducing us to Bonny and Captain “Calico Jack” Rackham as they do what pirates do best, attack other ships and steal their gold. It’s some solid adventure and excitement throwing the reader right into the action.

Phillips though makes sure to deliver the details about this time and world. Anne Bonny isn’t liked by the crew as women on ships weren’t really a thing. There’s also a tinge of jealously in how Rackham treats Bonny. She’s a world class pirate but some of the crew only see her as a woman and the woman Rackham is sleeping with.

Phillips delivers a really subtle set up in the series and world. Bonny is liberated having become a pirate. It’s not only an act of rebellion but also something just didn’t do at the time. She’s bucked the systems both the Crown and society as a whole. Where the series takes all of this will be interesting to see.

The art by Craig Cermak is solid. Along with colorist Brittany Pezzillo and letterer Troy Peteri, there’s just enough detail to really set us into this time period. It also doesn’t go over the top in detail to distract. I don’t know the time period well, so no idea who accurate clothing and the ships are but what’s presented is believable and “feels right.” The action for the comic has that swashbuckling visual down. It’s hard to really create that flow of sword battles, so instead we get the excitement of those key moments and near misses.

The issue is a good one blending fact and fiction and taking us to a world we don’t see too often in comics. A Man Among Ye #1 is a fun debut that feels like it’s having fun with historical individuals we don’t know much about but who probably had many lifetimes of stories to tell.

Story: Stephanie Phillips Art: Craig Cermak
Color: Brittany Pezzillo Letterer: Troy Peteri
Story: 7.95 Art: 7.95 Overall: 7.95 Recommendation:

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Preview: A Man Among Ye #1

A Man Among Ye #1

(W) Stephanie Phillips (A/CA) Craig Cermak, (Colorist) Brittany Pezzillo, (L) Troy Peteri (Cover B) Stjepan Sejic

High adventure on the high seas in the waning days of piracy, when men were men, and the best pirates were…women?

Writer STEPHANIE PHILLIPS (Butcher of Paris, Descendent) and artist CRAIG CERMAK (Red Team, Voltron) bring to life the tale of Anne Bonny and Mary Read as they hoist the skull and crossbones, draw cutlasses, and seek a treasure that will make them legends. In an era when sailing with women was thought to be bad luck, Anne and Mary might just be the only people capable of saving the pirate way of life.

A Man Among Ye #1

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Canopus #3

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this week. It’s the third week of new comics after the shutdown and that also means the return of Marvel!

A Man Among Ye #1 (Image Comics/Top Cow Productions) – A high seas adventure in the waning days of piracy when the best pirates were… women? A new comic series focused on these two very real individuals. We’re intrigued by the mix of entertainment and history.

Against Hope (Dark Horse Comics) – Victor Santos is a creator whose work we’re excited for. A tale of revenge where Nazis are the target and we’re here for their bloody demise.

Canopus #3 (Scout Comics) – Dave Chisholm’s sci-fi series will absolutely be making it on to numerous “best of” lists at the end of the year. Helen learns the truth behind the mission amping up her urgency to return home.

Tiananmen 1989

Dark Nights: Death Metal #1 (DC Comics) – The next chapter in DC’s meta-story where the Dark Multiverse has bled over and reality is twisted and heroes are desperate for survival.

Panorama (Dark Horse Comics) – Michel Fiffe’s Copra is fantastic and we want to see what he’d do with a body-horror romance.

Perramus: The City and Oblivion (Fantagraphics) – In English for the first time, Alberto Breccia’s graphic novel following a political dissident on the run. It was created during Argentina’s military dictatorship.

Tiananmen 1989 (IDW Publishing) – Follow the story of China’s infamous June Fourth Incident-otherwise known as the Tiananmen Square Massacre-from the first-hand account of a young sociology teacher who witnessed it all.

Wynd #1 (BOOM! Studios) – This series was to be released as a graphic novel but is now being released as individual issues. Magic is punishable by death so a young boy must keep his true identity a secret.

Top Cow’s Groupees bundle aims to help First Responders

Top Cow Groupees

Top Cow Productions and Groupees are back in action with another pay what you can digital comics bundle sale. This time readers can pick and choose which Top Cow Universe series they want to download while having the option to donate 10% of their payment to Thrive Global: First Responders First.

Here are all 45 single issues and collected editions available:

  • The 13th Artifact One Shot
  • Aphrodite IX Vol. 1
  • Ares: Darkness
  • Artifacts Vol. 1
  • Artifacts Vol. 2
  • Artifacts Vol. 3
  • Artifacts Vol. 4
  • Artifacts Vol. 5
  • Artifacts Vol. 6
  • Artifacts #30
  • Artifacts #31
  • Artifacts #32
  • Artifacts #33
  • Artifacts #34
  • Artifacts #35
  • Artifacts #36
  • Artifacts #37
  • Artifacts #38
  • Artifacts #39
  • Artifacts #40
  • Artifacts Lost tales
  • Artifacts Origins First Born
  • Angelus Vol. 1
  • Darkness Origins Vol. 1
  • Darkness Origins Vol. 2
  • Darkness Hope One Shot
  • La Voz De MAYO Tata Rambo
  • Tom Judge: The Rapture
  • Magdalena Origins Vol. 1
  • Magdalena Reformation
  • Necromancer
  • Witchblade Origins Vol. 1
  • Witchblade Origins Vol. 2
  • Witchblade Rebirth Vol. 1
  • Witchblade Rebirth Vol. 2
  • Witchblade Rebirth Vol. 3
  • Witchblade Rebirth Vol. 4
  • Witchblade 2017 Vol. 1
  • Witchblade 2017 Vol. 2

The Top Cow Groupees comics bundle will end at 9 A.M. (PST) Tuesday, May 12th.

Witchblade 25th Anniversary Humble Comics Bundle to aid charities strained during COVID-19 crisis

Humble Bundle Witchblade

Top Cow Productions and Humble Bundle team up to celebrate 25 years of Witchblade—and raise money for non-profits doing important work amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Humble Bundle’s pay-what-you-want contribution method allows you to direct your funds to help the Hero InitiativeJane Goodall Institute, or One Life 2 Love. The digital comics bundle will run from Wednesday, March 18th, 11:00 A.M. to Wednesday, April 8th, 11 A.M. PST.

Not only can you finally read every Witchblade story ever printed, but you will get a healthy dose of the reset of the Top Cow Universe! Relive the Witchblade journey and get a taste of Top Cow titles like The Darkness, Tom Judge, Angelus, and fan-favorite Magdalena!

Here are all the titles available through our Witchblade 25th Anniversary Humble Bundle:


Witchblade Origins Vol. 1-3 Genesis
Witchblade issues #26 – 79
Artifacts Vol. 1 & 2
Tom Judge
Magdalena Origins

Witchblade Vol. 1-8
Witchblade Redemption Vol. 1-4
Artifacts Vol. 3 & 4
Darkness Levels
Magdalena Origins

Witchblade Rebirth Vol. 1-4
Witchblade: Borne Again Vol. 1-3
Witchblade (2017) Vol. 1 & 2
Witchblade: Day of the Outlaws
Witchblade Due Process
Witchblade Case Files
Artifacts Vol. 5 & 6
Artifacts issues #30 – 40
Darkness Compendium Vol. 1

All of the comics will be available as PDF, CBZ, and ePub files. Choose which file type so you can read your comics on your computer, e-reader, iPad, or any mobile device. The minimum donation required is $1, but you can download $800 worth of comics for only $15.

The Witchblade 25th Anniversary Humble Comics Bundle ends Wednesday, April 8th, 11:00 A.M. PST. Click here to support.

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