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Review – Velocity #4


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Velocity #4 coverIt seems like we’ve been waiting for this issue to wrap up the four issue limited series from Top Cow for quite a while now.  But the question is, was it worth the wait?  I’ve been mighty high on the first, second and third issue.  Especially since the third issue had a hell of an ending.  But Velocity #4 doesn’t quite live up to those first three issues.  Something is off here, and I’m not quite sure what.  It’s still fun and the art is amazing, but the ending is a bit goofy, with a twist that just seems like it’s pulled out of thin air and a “boss fight” that’s just not all that entertaining.

The clock counts down to zero as the taut, pulse pounding series races to its conclusion. Carin Taylor, the hero known as Velocity, has been infected with a deadly techno-virus. Thus far she has been successful in saving most of her teammates from the same virus, but now the exertion is taking its toil and the fastest girl in the world may not be able to win this race. The issue concludes the creative collaboration of writer Ron Marz (Witchblade, Angelus) and artist Kenneth Rocafort (Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer).

The writing isn’t up to Ron Marz‘s usual quality when it comes to the writing, but Kenneth Rocafort‘s art is amazing as expected.  That’s much of what the draw is for this fourth issue.  The first three kept you on your edge, not expecting what was coming next, but this fourth issue derails.  Rocafort’s art though is why you’d want to pick up the issue.

As a whole, I can’t say I recommend the fourth issue (unless you bought the first three), but when the eventual trade paperback is released, definitely pick it up for the awesome artwork alone.

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Pick of the Week – Echoes #5


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The pick of this week is Echoes #5.  It’s the final issue of this limited series and if you haven’t been reading this thriller you’ve been missing out.  The five issue series is beyond fantastic and I can’t recommend it enough.  It’s an early contender for limited series of the year and I really hope we see more comic like this.

  1. Echoes #5 – See above.
  2. Osborn #5 – This series is full of just some twisted stuff and great political intrigue.  I have no idea how they’ll wrap up the plot points in this issue.
  3. Velocity #4 – It seems like forever since the third issue which ended in a holy shit moment.  I have no idea what to expect now.
  4. “X” Books – Age of X is wrapping up and Schism is on the horizon.  Now’s the time to start getting back into the “X” line of books.
  5. Freakshow #2 – There’s a good chance you missed the first issue, but it was fantastic.  We’ll soon have a review of this second issue which I’m sure is as solid as the first.

Best Comic Books of 2010

 

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It’s the first day of a new year and so that means we’re doing our “best of” listing of the top comic books for 2010.  Generally these are comic books that came out in 2010, though some are from earlier times and we got around to reading them.  Keep in mind, this is what I read.  We’ve added some new categories this year, but without further delay, here are the winners!

Best Super Hero Comic – The Invincible Iron Man

Invincible Iron Man #500.1Yes, this series won last year too, but writer Matt Fraction has kept up the excellence with an amazing plot mixing superhero heroics, politics, corporate rivalry and with the latest issue, we learn this is all the tip of the iceberg.

In single issues there’s usually some bigger worldly issue we’re presented with, great banter, often fantastic action and beautiful art.

This is a superhero comic for adults and one series I look forward to each month.

The upcoming Invincible Iron Man #500.1 is the perfect jumping on point to see what you’re missing.

Runner Ups – Secret Warriors, Uncanny X-Force

Best Non-Super Hero Comic –DMZ

DMZ 50Is there a more politically relevant comic book series out there?  Every month we’re given something to think about as we follow Matty Roth through Manhattan which is now a DMZ in the middle of the second American Civil War.

Writer Brian Wood is able to pivot and comment on what’s currently happening in politics and the world challenging our perceptions and not seem preachy at the same time.

With some single issues that stand as some of the best of the year and numerous holy shit moments, this isn’t just one of the most relevant comics out there, but some of the best political commentary of any entertainment medium.

Runner Ups – American Vampire, Chew, The Walking Dead

Best Limited Series or One Shot – Daytripper

DaytripperI’ve handed this comic off to so many people and not only sucked them into this series, but also got them to ask what else is out there?  This showed that comics aren’t about just spandex anymore.

There’s no other series out there that created such an emotional reaction each month.  I’m not embarrassed to admit there were numerous moments I broke down crying or teared up.  No other series has done that before to me.

It’s a shame it ended and hopefully we see more soon from the phenoms Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá.

Runner Ups – Killer: Modus Vivendi, Taskmaster, Velocity

Best Single Issue – Unknown Soldier #21 (New Category)

This series saw it’s conclusion this year but it also brought the best issue of any comic book during it’s end run.

This issue focused on the history of one Avtomat Kalashnikova rifle as it’s passed from one owner to another.  It’s a powerful issue looking at the mass distribution of a weapon that’s been a driver and common tool in today’s conflicts .

Powerful, heart wrenching, and an amazing political and historical statement, this issue is a must read for comic book fans and non-comic book readers.

Worst Single Issue of the Year – Fantastic Four Annual #32 (New Category)

Three words as to why – Time. Travel. Abortion.

Best Graphic Novel/Trade Paperback – Return of the Dapper Men

Return of the Dapper Men HCThere’s no other graphic novel that was more magical this year than Jim McCann‘s and Janet Lee‘s Return of the Dapper Men.

This is a magical world of wonder where time has stopped and adults have disappeared.  Neverland in a modern setting.

A modern classic is the only way I can describe this graphic novel that seems to evoke the best of those magical tales we read, watched and were told as kids.  This is a graphic novel parents will be sharing with their children for years to come.

Runner UpsHow to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, Cuba: My Revolution, Revolver

Best Event of the Year – Artifacts

Artifacts #1 CoverThe first issue had me gasp “holy shit” out loud and the subsequent ones have just been setting up what will be a hell of a ride.

The public seems to have reacted well with issues going back for numerous printings.

All hell is about the break loose in the Top Cow universe and with Ron Marz‘s talented writing to drive it and some fantastic artists to back him up, there’s a chance this might be next year’s top event as well.

Best Genre of the Year – Zombie

The Walking Dead Zombie Teaser 2One thing makes zombies get the win here, The Walking Dead.  The comic book series continues it’s excellence and the television show had us wanting more after it’s first season’s six episode run.  There’s a reason it was one of the top rated cable series ever, it’s that damn good.  Evidence of it’s spread beyond the normal comic book reading public are the numerous people reading it on my daily commute and my non-comic book reading friends asking me about the series and comic.  I don’t see this type of legs with the big movie blockbusters.  Congrats to Robert Kirkman and AMC.

Runner Up – Noir

Best Comic Tie-In of the Year –Heroclix

Heroclix Web of Spider-manI’m a sucker for Heroclix and picked up the Blackest Night set at Gen Con this year.  I don’t play, but love looking at the detailed figures.  There’s something so much fun about it and I wish I had some local gamer friends that I can break out my figures once in a while and give me an excuse to get more.

With sets based off of Watchmen, Blackest Night, Brightest Day, Jonah Hex, Iron Man, Spider-Man and the DC 75th Anniversary it’s impressive this was a game and company on the brink of collapse not too long ago.

Runner Up – Marvel Universe toys.

Best Comic Book Related Movie – Scott Pigrim vs. the World (New Category)

Scott Pilgrim vs. the WorldIt’s been an up and down year for movies based off of comic books.  Next years crop of movies looks strong, but this year had one stand out and that was the kinetic Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

This was a movie for the Nintendo generation with so much in there even our ADD generation missed some of the winks and nods littered throughout the film.

It holds up after multiple viewings and I know I left with a smile on my face.  Overall it was a year of weak competition but even in a strong year this would be a contender.

On an aside my favorite movies of 2010 were The Social Network, Black Swan, The Town and The Fighter.

Runner Up – The Losers

Best Series Finale of the Year – Ex Machina (New Category)

Ex MachinaI can’t think of a series which ended so perfectly.  To say more would give it all away, but I was beyond satisfied when I finished reading it and hoped for a second volume.

The finale of this superhero as Mayor series answered our questions, gave us some jaw dropping moments at the end and presented a Presidential ticket I might even vote for.

A lot of series left unanswered questions or gave us disappointing ones, but this one never seemed like a cop out and never treated us like children.

The ending was damn near perfect and the series one of the best of modern times.

Runner Up – Daytripper

Best Surprise of the Year – Killer: Modus Vivendi (New Category)

The Killer Modus Vivendi 006 CoverThis is a new category that I thought was appropriate to throw out there.  I look at this as comics you probably skipped in 2010, but you really should go back and check out. 

Killer: Modus Vivendi is the third volume for this character and saw him being manipulated by the CIA and Cubans in a tale about oil and spheres of influence.  Bond and Bourne, eat your heart out.

Not only do we have great action, some intense moments, but there’s also politics and a worldly view you don’t find out in too many other comics.  It’s the complete package in comics for adults.

Runner Up – Velocity, Kill Shakespeare

Biggest Disappointment of the Year – Brightest Day and Heroic Age

Enter the Heroic AgeI “Entered the Heroic Age” and looked forward to tomorrow’s “Brightest Day” and can say “no thanks.”  Does no longer being dark and gritty also mean convoluted and boring?

Marvel and DC comics took a dip this year as they moved away from dark stories and attempted to hark back to the golden age of black and white heroes and villains.  We also got the return of the 90’s with the return of characters we thought and hoped were dead and stayed that way.

This all clearly isn’t lasting long as the Marvel event Fear Itself looms over 2011.  As a hole things just aren’t quite as exciting as they’ve been in years past.

Runner Up – Iron Man 2

Best Character – Killer

I’m so happy Archaia put Killer: Modus Vivendi in my hands.  With it I got one of the best politically charged noir comics on the market and a badass anti-hero in the man we only know as Killer.

He beds the hot chicks, assassinates people with a shot, causes revolutions and destabilizes regions. Bond and Bourne are wimps compared to writer Matz‘s creation.

We get to see politics and the world from outside of an “American” perspective and a cold unrepentant killer and assassin who it’s all a job to.

This was the third volume with more to come.  I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Publisher of the Year – Archaia

ArchaiaSo where’d this company come from?  I don’t think there was one comic I read I was disappointed in or didn’t enjoy in some way.  The hardcovers are just high quality products and stories in between the covers reflect that.  The Killer, Mouse Guard, Cyclops, Critical Millennium and so many more are series you should be reading and if you’re not then you need to check them out.

Many of these series continue into 2011 and there’s many new ones to come.  When I think Archaia, I think high quality and expect the best.  So far they haven’t let me down.

Runner Ups – Top Cow, Marvel

Review – Velocity #3


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Velocity #3 COVA_stampedWhat can I say about the third issue other than what the fuck!?  Velocity #3 continues the rocketing and entertaining race against time.  Written by Ron Marz this issue both put a smile on my face and caused my jaw to drop at the shocking ending.

Like fast women? Boy, do we have a girl for you. The clock is literally ticking on the life of Carin Taylor, the hero known as Velocity. The fastest girl in the world must race around the globe in an attempt to save her Cyberforce teammates. If Carin can’t beat the clock, she and her friends will succumb to a techno-virus and give Cyberforce’s greatest foe his greatest victory. The issue continues the creative collaboration of writer Ron Marz (Witchblade, Angelus) and artist Kenneth Rocafort (Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer).

The issue is just hot with such a fun narrative and art by Kenneth Rocafort that’s beyond amazing.  Forget a mini-series I want an ongoing!  There was a lot of hype by the Top Cow crew going into the third issue at a hell of an ending and they delivered.  This is issue (and entire mini-series) is just fantastic and an absolute buy.

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Preview – Velocity #3

Official Press Release

Velocity #3

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

The Pilot Season Winner is Back!

Like fast women? Boy, do we have a girl for you. The clock is literally ticking on the life of Carin Taylor, the hero known as Velocity. The fastest girl in the world must race around the globe in an attempt to save her Cyberforce teammates. If Carin can’t beat the clock, she and her friends will succumb to a techno-virus and give Cyberforce’s greatest foe his greatest victory. The issue continues the creative collaboration of writer Ron Marz (Witchblade, Angelus) and artist Kenneth Rocafort (Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer).

Full Color 32 pages $3.99  limited series

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Time Is Running Out in Velocity #3; Turn Back the Clocks by Reading Velocity #1 For Free Digitally

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TIME IS RUNNING OUT IN VELOCITY #3

TURN BACK THE CLOCKS BY READING VELOCITY #1 FOR FREE DIGITALLY

LOS ANGELES, Calif., November 23, 2010 – Like fast women? Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced today that the third issue of Pilot Season 2007 winning title, Velocity #3, will speed into stores Wednesday, December 15, and Velocity #1 will be available for free digitally for those who have not jumped into the series.

Featuring the creative collaboration of writer Ron Marz (Witchblade, Artifacts) and artist Kenneth Rocafort (Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer), Velocity #3 finds Carin Taylor, the hero known as Velocity, racing around the globe in an attempt to save her Cyberforce teammates as the clock is literally ticking on her life.  If Carin can’t beat the clock, she and her friends will succumb to a techno-virus and give Cyberforce’s greatest foe his greatest victory.

The first issue will be available for free through many of Top Cow’s digital distribution partners, as well as through select comic book and pop culture news sites like Comic Book Resources, Newsarama and MTV Geek.

The 32 page limited series issue carries a cover price of $3.99

Velocity 3

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Twilight Guardian #1 (of 4)

(W) Troy Hickman (A) Siddharth Kotian      (Cov) Eric Jones

The Pilot Season Winner Returns!

The tale of a lone, dedicated hero patrolling her nine block suburban neighborhood captured the imaginations of fans during 2008’s Pilot Season and after heated voting emerged as one of the winning titles.

Now Eisner-nominated creator and writer Troy Hickman (Common Grounds) returns with a four issue limited series, which will delve into Twilight Guardian’s past, her motivations for crime fighting, and even give her an arch-nemesis in the terrifying Dusk Devil! Joining Hickman is talented up-and-coming artist Siddharth Kotian (Eat The Dead). Issue #1 features a beautiful painted cover by Eric Jones (Hack/Slash, Unknown).

Full Color 32 pages $3.99  limited series

Expected Ship Date – January 12th, 2010


Artifacts #6 (of 13)

(W) Ron Marz (A) Whilce Portacio      (Cov) Phil Noto, John Tyler Christopher

The Battle Begins in Earnest!

The mysterious villain’s plans continue to unfold with deadly precision as Witchblade, The Darkness, Angelus, Tom Judge, and Magdalena are drawn into a conflict with the heroes of Cyberforce. But even as friends become foes, Aphrodite IV arrives with murderous intentions. Can an opponent who doesn’t tire or even feel pain be defeated?

From Top Cow Universe architect Ron Marz (Witchblade, Magdalena) and legendary artist Whilce Portacio (The Darkness, Uncanny X-Men) comes an event series, which will literally shake the Top Cow Universe to its foundation. Featuring a gorgeous cover by Phil Noto (Pilot Season: 7 Days From Hell, Jonah Hex) as well as a variant cover featuring Aphrodite IV 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 – January 26th, 2010

Artifacts #2 New York Comic-Con Variant Cover

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

Get this haunting convention variant cover by Witchblade artist Stjepan Sejic, previously available exclusively at New York Comic-Con. Quantities are limited, allocations may occur.

Full Color            32 pages            $10.00            Convention Exclusive

Witchblade #145
(W) Ron Marz                  (A) Stjepan Sejic                  (Cov) Stjepan Sejic

”Boogey Man” Part 1 of 2!

Sara Pezzini has investigated countless bizarre crimes, but her latest case may be the most shocking yet! Pezzini and her detective partner have encountered monsters and demons before, but these latest supernatural terrors seem to be born from the imagination of an innocent child.

Full Color             32 pages             $3.99              ongoing series
Expected Ship Date – January 26th, 2010

Witchblade #138 New York Comic-Con Variant Cover

(W) Ron Marz (A) Stjepan Sejic (Cov) Stjepan Sejic

Get this convention variant cover by series artist Stjepan Sejic showing Sara Pezzini on the job, previously available exclusively at New York Comic-Con. Quantities are limited, allocations may occur.

Full Color            32 pages            $10.00            Convention Exclusive

Angelus Volume 1 Trade Paperback

(W) Ron Marz (A) Stjepan Sejic (Cov) Stjepan Sejic

A New Heroine Takes Flight!

Danielle Baptiste is trying to find her place in the world, like so many other twenty-somethings. But unlike most girls her age, Dani is also the bearer of one of the primal forces in the Universe – the Angelus! Returning to her hometown of New Orleans with her friend and romantic interest Finch, Dani must not only shoulder the burden she has inherited, she has to survive it! But her ancient enemy, The Darkness, and even her own Angelus warriors have other plans…

Collected in this volume are issues #1-6 of the smash sellout series by the Witchblade creative team of Ron Marz and Stjepan Sejic. Featuring behind-the-scenes sketches, script pages, and cover gallery by Sejic and Eric Basaldua.

“Stjepan Sejic… uses his brush to create almost fine art paintings for each page…” – Crave Online

“This is definitely a must-read, so drop everything and run and pick it up.” – Geeks of Doom

“…an interesting storyline but also some killer art.” – Geekweek

“…this is a book to have an eye on.” – Best Shots @Newsarama

Full Color 160 pages $14.99  trade paperback

Expected Ship Date – January 5th, 2010

Artifacts #2 Armageddon Expo Variant Cover

(W) Ron Marz (A) Michael Broussard (Cov) Georges Jeanty & John Tyler Christopher

Buffy artist Georges Jeanty teams with Artifacts cover artist John Tyler Christopher to create this fun “down under” cover, previously available exclusively at Armageddon Expo in Australia and New Zealand. Quantities are limited, allocations may occur.

Full Color            32 pages            $10.00            Convention Exclusive

Magdalena Volume 1 Trade Paperback

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

Legacy of the Magdalena Restored!

The Magdalena has been the official protector and warrior of the Catholic Church for over two thousand years, sworn to defend the Faith with the Spear of Destiny against all manner of supernatural threats. However, Patience, the latest Magdalena, has seen through the hypocrisy of her masters and struck out on her own. When her former mentor comes to her with a mission to destroy the Anti-Christ, will she be able to resist the call?

Collected in this volume are issues #1-6 of the hit series by writer Ron Marz (Witchblade, Artifacts) and the art team of Pilot Season: Murderer, Nelson Blake II, Sal Regla, and Dave McCaig. Featuring behind-the-scenes sketches, script pages, and cover gallery by Ryan Sook (Wednesday Comics)!

“…one absolutely gorgeous read…fast, fluid, and packs a real punch…” – Best Shots @Newsarama

“…provides readers with enough juice to fuel their appetite for more.” – Crave Online

“Marz proves you can take a well-worn story, completely re-tool it and make it your own.” – Geekweek

“The entire team from start to finish works wonderfully together…” (5 out of 5) – Geeks of Doom

Full Color 160 pages $14.99  trade paperback

Expected Ship Date – January 19th, 2010

Madame Mirage Volume 1 Trade Paperback (New Printing)

(W) Paul Dini (A) Kenneth Rocafort (Cov) Kenneth Rocafort

The Out of Print Series Returns!

Who is this beautiful woman who appears out of the mist? As deadly as she is beautiful, she is cutting a bloody path through the city’s villains, who now wear suits and have “legitimate” businesses. But who is her ultimate prey? And how does this Mirage take form? These and many other questions will be asked along with the most pivotal question of all – Who is Madame Mirage?

Paul Dini (Tower Prep, Zatanna) and Kenneth Rocafort (Velocity) weave a tale of murder, intrigue and revenge in a world of high-tech espionage and treachery. This volume collects the complete first six-issue limited series. Madame Mirage – you’ll never forget her… if you can make her acquaintance and live to tell the tale…

“This book gets better with each issue.” – Best Shots @Newsarama

“The real brilliance of this tale is that, just as the reader decides they know exactly how the story will play out, Dini pulls the rug out from under them.” – IGN

“Pulpish and noir, mystery and intrigue coupled with great art.” – Crimespree Magazine

Full Color 176 pages $14.99  trade paperback

Expected Ship Date – January 12nd, 2010

Velocity #2 Project: Comic-Con Variant Cover

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

Get this convention variant cover by series artist Kenneth Rocafort showing Velocity doing what she does best, previously available exclusively at Project: Comic-Con in St. Louis. Quantities are limited, allocations may occur.

Full Color            32 pages            $10.00            Convention Exclusive

Echoes #2 (of 5)

(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov (A) Rahsan Ekedal      (Cov) Rahsan Ekedal

A Tale of Suspense and Psychological Horror!

Brian Cohn has discovered his recently deceased father may have been a serial killer. As Brian struggles what to do with his father’s legacy and flesh doll trophies, a young girl goes missing in town and when the police come to his door, Brian must question if he is responsible…

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

Grayscale 32 pages $2.99  limited series

Review – Velocity #2


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Velocity #2I’ve seen some amazing art in comic books, but Velocity #2 had multiple points where my jaw dropped.  Let me get the bad thing out of the way, who decided fluorescent orange on bright green was good and easy to read?  Now, that being said, holy shit is this issue awesome.  I loved the first issue, and was just as pumped after reading the second.  Writer Ron Marz and artist Kenneth Rocafort are an amazing team and this is the issue you hold up to show it.

As the members of Cyberforce lay dying from a fatal techno-virus, their only hope for survival is their teammate Velocity. Carin Taylor has never been more in need of her super-speed as the races around the globe, trying to find and cure her teammates before the same virus kills her. The issue continues the inaugural creative union of writer Ron Marz (Witchblade, Angelus) and artist Kenneth Rocafort (Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer).

First the story.  Marz has a hit here.  It’s a race against time as Velocity has to save her teammates.  There’s a great gimmick with time literally counting down on each page.  Some good banter, awesome pacing, this is just a great read.

Rocafort’s art is off the hook.  There’s numerous pages that made me stop and say “holy shit.”  The art is amazing, the use of panels match Velocity’s frenetic life, it’s just perfect on so many levels.

I can’t recommend this issue enough.  Get down to the store and make sure this is a purchase.

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Preview – Velocity #2

Official Press Release

Velocity #2

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

The Pilot Season Winner is Back!

As the members of Cyberforce lay dying from a fatal techno-virus, their only hope for survival is their teammate Velocity. Carin Taylor has never been more in need of her super-speed as the races around the globe, trying to find and cure her teammates before the same virus kills her. The issue continues the inaugural creative union of writer Ron Marz (Witchblade, Angelus) and artist Kenneth Rocafort (Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer).

Full Color  32 pages  $3.99   limited series

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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

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