Friday, August 31, 2007
(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov (A)Rick Mays (Cov) Rick Mays
Cyblade - she's training to be an elite super-spy and assassin, but who is she working for? A cereberal action thriller in the vein of ALIAS and LA FEMME NIKITA, this is a whole new portrayal of CYBERFORCE’S electromagnetic warrior. Written by Harvey Award Winner Joshua Hale Fialkov (ELK’S RUN, PUNKS: THE COMIC) with stunning art by Rick Mays (KABUKI, ZATANNA), the true origin of Cyblade begins here.
Full Color 32 pages $2.99 pilot issue
For those of you who don't know about it yet, we highly recommend checking out the new site for Witchblade Anime. The first DVD volume will be in stores on September 25th and it's awesome!
CLICK HERE to check out the site and sign up for email updates.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Pop & Superheroics Meet in Velocity Pilot Season #1!
Top Cow’s Pilot Season Continues With Casey & Maguire!
Top Cow Productions proudly announces the third of six “pilot issues” as Velocity: Pilot Season #1. Pilot Season 2007 is a series of six self-contained one-shot specials, each featuring a different established Top Cow character currently without a regular series. After all six issues are released fans will be given the opportunity to vote online to determine which two characters receive a series in 2008.
Pilot Season 2007 launched with Cyberforce’s Ripclaw in August by Eisner-nominee Jason Aaron (Scalped, The Other Side) and Jorge Lucas (Incredible Hulk, Annihilation: Ronan). Velocity: Pilot Season #1 features another Cyberforce team member, this one with the young speedster looking for love amidst attacks from a brand new batch of super villains. Written by prolific writer Joe Casey (Uncanny X-Men, Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes) and drawn industry legend Kevin Maguire (Justice League, Superman/Batman), this is pop superheroics like fans have never seen before!
“We're trying to bring a different flavor to Top Cow and Velocity is the perfect character for it. Working with Maguire is always a blast and we hope that all the Velocity/Cyberforce fans get a kick out of what we've done. Rock the vote!” explained writer Joe Casey.
"Joe Casey is a writer who is constantly reinventing his approach to the medium of comics so he was a natural choice for a new take on Velocity," commented Filip Sablik, VP of Marketing & Sales for Top Cow. "And Kevin Maguire’s mastery of facial expressions only sweetens the pot for fans. Casey and Maguire jammin’ pop and superheroics, just another way we’re rockin’ the boat with Pilot Season."
Velocity Pilot Season #1 is a 32 page full color comic with a suggested retail price of $2.99. Additional information regarding Pilot Season can be found at http://www.topcow.com.
The Necromancer Returns in Pilot Season!
Top Cow's Mage Returns To Battle For Fan Votes!
Top Cow Productions is pleased to announce the fourth release in their Fall promotion, Pilot Season – The Necromancer Pilot Season #1. Pilot Season takes six established characters and puts them each in a self-contained "pilot issue" by different all star creative teams. Once all six issues have been released, fans will be able to vote online to determine which two characters will star in their own series in 2008!
In The Necromancer Pilot Season #1 original series writer, Joshua Ortega (Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer, Star Trek: The Manga) returns to the character he helped create. Original series artist Francis Manapul (Iron & The Maiden, Legion of Super-heroes) graces the cover art and selected the new interior artist to continue his vision, Jonboy Meyers (Ninja Scroll). The Harvey nominated property picks up after the events in issue #6 of the original series, with Abby van Alstine investigating the events that brought her to this point. When she encounters a new monstrous evil that threatens to consume her, the story takes a turn towards a surprise ending that no one will see coming!
"It's great to be back on The Necromancer and to get a chance to chronicle more of Abby's journey into the secret world of magic," stated writer Ortega, "Necromancer is easily one of my favorite projects that I've ever worked on, and as I've said before, I've got about 50 issues planned for Abby and The Necromancer cast. So if we get a great response from the fans during Pilot Season, that'll bring us that much closer to seeing her story through!"
"The Necromancer is definitely a serious contender in Pilot Season," added Filip Sablik, Vice President of Marketing & Sales for Top Cow, "Joshua and Francis did a fantastic job building up a hard core fan following with the original series and I have no doubt those fans will get out there and campaign their hearts out for Necromancer to be one of the winners in Pilot Season."
The Necromancer Pilot Season #1 can be ordered through Diamond under DCD code AUG072049 and is expected in stores in October. Ripclaw Pilot Season #1 is currently in stores under (DCD code AUG072049) and Cyblade Pilot Season #1 (DCD code JUL071977) will be in stores on September 12th while Velocity Pilot Season #1 (DCD code JUL071975) will be in stores on September 26th.
Additional information regarding The Necromancer Pilot Season #1 can be found at the official voting website for Pilot Season -http://www.myspace.com/pilotseason
Witchblade Takeru Manga #7
(W) Yasuko Kobayashi (A) Kazasa Sumita (C) Blond (Cov) Sumita, Mack
Takeru, the wielder of the demon blade, and the demon Kira fight to determine the fate of her love. How much of her humanity can Takeru maintain if she hopes to defeat the demon and save Kuo? And will Kuo's hand be forced if Takeru does become a demon? The questions are answered here! Originally serialized in Japan's popular magazine, Champion Red and written by Witchblade Anime head writer, Yasuko Kobayashi, this issue also features a second beautiful alternate cover by artist David Mack (Kabuki: Alchemy, Daredevil).
Cover A) Kazasa Sumita
Cover B) David Mack
Full Color 32 pages $3.99 continuing seriesTo check out a preview of this issue CLICK HERE
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 27, 2007
ThickOnline, one of Canada's top urban magazines, gives The Darkness video game some major props and says it has "got a wild storyline that sets it apart from it’s competition". CLICK HERE to read the full review.
The website can be found at http://www.topcow.com/wanted/ or through links on the front page of the Top Cow website (www.topcow.com). Fans will be able stay up to date on news about the Wanted feature film as well an overview of the original series, character profiles, and previews. The site will continue to be updated leading up to the feature film’s release. A third printing of the Wanted Trade Paperback featuring a brand new cover by JG Jones is scheduled to be available in September.
Additional and updated information regarding Wanted can be found at http://www.topcow.com/wanted/.
Friday, August 24, 2007
We shared out plans for the Baltimore Comicon with Scoop. Find out about our guests and take a gander at the gorgeous Madame Mirage exclusive cover we'll be offering at the show HERE!
Top Cow Productions has announced their items scheduled for release in November 2007 including the final Pilot Season issue - Aphrodite IX and a First Look at Top Cow's biggest release for 2007 - the new The Darkness ongoing series! Read all about it on Comic Book Resources HERE.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
More praise for The Darkness game over at The Star Online. Reviewer Chong Jinn Xiung writes, " I really must say that The Darkness boasts some of the strongest storytelling elements that I have ever seen a game in a long time."
Game Industry.com gives the game 4.5 stars out of 5 and says, "some of the best voice acting for the PS3 to date, a good story line, some very detailed and well thought out settings"
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
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Friday, August 17, 2007
•“The Darkness” (2K Games, for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, $59.99): Young mob hit man Jackie Estacado is definitely a bad guy, and he gets even worse when he turns 21 and discovers he is host to the Darkness, an ancient evil that thrives on human hearts. He also learns that his crew’s boss, Uncle Paulie, wants him dead.
You see all the action through Jackie’s eyes, with the Darkness appearing as two snapping, reptilian heads on either side of the screen. The Darkness can chomp on Paulie’s henchmen, call on demonic minions or even summon a black hole. But its powers diminish in bright light, so it needs Jackie to shoot out streetlights and stay in the shadows. The Darkness’ powers (which increase as the game goes along) add freshness to what could have been a routine urban-crime game.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Ripclaw Pilot Season #1(W) Jason Aaron(A) Jorge Lucas(Cov) Tony Moore
Eisner nominated writer Jason Aaron (SCALPED, THE OTHER SIDE) joins up with artist Jorge Lucas (INCREDIBLE HULK, ANNIHILATION: RONAN) to unleash Top Cow's resident badass in the first of eight special one-shots published under the Pilot Season 2007 initiative. The killer team is joined by intense cover artist Tony Moore (THE WALKING DEAD, EXTERMINATORS).
To kill the Yakuza kingpin called Boss Yamamoto, you'd have to fight your way through level after deadly level of his secret fortress, past an army of gun-toting thugs and sword-wielding assassins. No one has ever been foolish enough to try. Enter Ripclaw. The fan-favorite character returns to the spotlight as dangerous as ever and fighting as if hell is at is his back.
Full Color 32 pages $2.99 pilot issueCheck out the full preview at
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
MARK MILLAR: THE WIZARD Q&A The superstar scribe kicks back with stories of sunbathing with Angelina Jolie, how Samuel L. Jackson became Nick Fury and why he can’t live to 60...
Posted by Brian Cronin, Sunday, August 12th, 2007 10:42 PM
When I heard about Top Cow’s plan to have a “Pilot Season,” of a series of one-shots featuring established Top Cow characters, with the fans choosing two of the one-shots to be made into ongoing series, I thought the idea of a Pilot Season was absolutely brilliant, but the use of established characters seemed a bit odd, as it is unlikely that ANY of these characters can seriously sustain their own series (even with some of the very cool creative teams they’ve lined up), or else they’d probably have been GIVEN one already.
I thought it would be much cooler to do the same idea with NEW characters, as there is a better chance of hitting pay dirt with new characters.
And guess what? That’s exactly what Top Cow is planning on doing.
A second Pilot Season, this time with NEW characters.
Check out the video of the interview: http://www.comicbookresources.com/news/newsitem.cgi?id=11579
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
His work on The Flash and Fantastic Four with Mark Waid will likely be what he is most remembered for, but he worked on so much more and brought so much to the world of comics in recent years. He also created Tellos with Todd Dezago, which was a particular favorite of mine when it was being published.
Mike never worked for Top Cow, but it's safe to say that we all wanted to be in business with him. I actually spoke with him a couple months ago about doing some work, but alas he was still exclusive at the time. We agreed we would stay in touch and see where things led. Alas, this is the closest we ever got.
Those that knew him have plenty of wonderful things to say about Mike, and I didn't know him well enough to justify me adding to that. I will say that he was a good guy and a fantastic artist, and I'll miss his work and his dedication to it.
Bye, 'Ringo. Rest in peace.
His friends remember him:
Mark Waid, Todd Dezago, Karl Kesel
Sunday, August 12, 2007
If all goes to plan, his will be the version of Witchblade people will both see for the next three years, and ideally, remember fondly in years to come. Who’s he? Stjepan Sejic.
We’ve already told you about Pilot Season, Top Cow’s series of six one-shots starring various characters who are getting their shot at glory. Since it’s inception, the idea behind the one shots is that fans would vote for their favorite once all six issues had shipped, with the two characters receiving the most votes getting their own projects in 2008.
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Aphrodite IX blasts her way into LEGENDARY COMIC BOOK HEROES - WAVE 3 Coming soon.
for more info go to : http://www.wizarduniverse.com/magazine/toyfare/005368080.cfm
UPDATED - Just added! David Wohl, co-creator of Witchblade & The Darkness!
|Thursday, August 9th 2007|
|4:30pm-6:30pm||Eric Basaldua (Aphrodite IX, The Darkness Level 3)|
|Friday, August 10th 2007|
|12pm-3pm||Eric Basaldua (Aphrodite IX, The Darkness Level 3)|
|12pm-3pm||David Wohl (The Darkness Levels, Aphrodite IX)|
|2pm-4pm||Mike Choi (X-23 Target X, The Darkness Level 5)|
|3:30pm-4:30pm||Mark Millar (Wanted, Civil War)|
|4pm-5pm||Phil Hester (The Darkness, Green Arrow)|
|Saturday, August 11th 2007|
|9:30am-11am||Paul Jenkins (The Darkness Levels, The Agency)|
|11am-12pm||Mark Millar (Wanted, Civil War)|
|12pm-2pm||Mike Choi (X-23 Target X, The Darkness Level 5)|
|2pm-3pm||Phil Hester (The Darkness, Green Arrow)|
|3:30pm-4:30pm||Top Cow Panel - Marshall Rogers Room|
|4:30pm-6:30pm||Eric Basaldua (Aphrodite IX, The Darkness Level 3)|
|4:30pm-6:30pm||David Wohl (The Darkness Levels, Aphrodite IX)|
|Sunday, August 12th 2007|
|11am-12pm||Wizard School: Top Cow Marketing Panel|
|11am-1pm||Mike Choi (X-23 Target X, The Darkness Level 5)|
|1pm-2pm||Tony Moore (Ripclaw Pilot Season #1)|
|2pm-4pm||Eric Basaldua (Aphrodite IX, The Darkness Level 3)|
LET ’ER RIP!http://www.wizarduniverse.com/magazine/wizard/005495395.cfm
Dig deep into Ripclaw’s history as Top Cow offers a fresh take on the Cyberforce hero in a one-shot that kicks off the company’s ‘Pilot Season’
Monday, August 06, 2007
CS Moore Studios is releasing a couple of new statues based on Top Cow characters and debuted them at San Diego Comic-Con. Take another look at Scoop's coverage: