Sunday, September 30, 2007


FIRST BORN tie-in issue! Patience, the current Magdalena is suddenly drawn into the events of FIRST BORN as Sara Pezzini and new Witchblade bearer Dani Baptiste struggle to survive the battle. CLICK HERE

Top Cow Sneak Peek: Witchblade #110

Top cow has sent Major Spoilers a sneak peek of Witchblade #110 that brings Magdalena intothe events of First Born. Take the jump for the preview. CLICK HERE

REVIEW - Darkness: Level 2

This is more like it.
“This” refers to the current incarnation of the comic book series Darkness, a horror title from Top Cow Productions. The preceding issues did not receive kudos in an earlier Suspended Animation review READ MORE.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Review - Witchblade Anime DVD

Witchblade: Anime Volume 1 DVD Reviewed by EW!
Last week saw the release of Witchblade: Anime Volume 1 DVD nationwide. Entertainment Weekly took a look at the first volume and gave it a solid B+ review.. We’ll take that from one the leading entertainment magazines in the nation! You can find out more about it on the official site CLICK HERE.

Scoop talks Schoolgirl Witchblade Variant Statue

Scoop talks Schoolgirl Witchblade Variant Statue CLICK HERE

Scoop talks Cyblade #1 talks Cyblade #1 CLICK HERE

WITCHBLADE ウィッチブレイド キャストインタビュー - 水樹奈々(まりあ役)

Interview with the original Voice of the Japanese Witchblade Anime.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Review- First Born #2

Since everyone has to have their own big summer event, Top Cow brings us First Born, a tale set to shake the very foundations of the Top Cow universe and make sure that nothing is ever the same!! READ MORE

Aphrodite IX Pulled From Pilot Season Promotion!

Top Cow Productions announced today a change in their line up for the Pilot Season promotion. Pilot Season puts fans in control of Top Cow’s 2008 publishing plans by allowing them to vote on which two pilot issues receive their own series.

Pilot Season now consists of five self-contained pilot issues starring Ripclaw, Cyblade, Velocity, The Necromancer, and The Angelus. Aphrodite IX, originally slated to be the final book in November, has been pulled from the line up by the publisher. The publisher has future plans for the property but stated it will not appear in this year’s Pilot Season promotion. Fans can sign up at to receive regular updates and in December will be able to vote on their favorite Pilot Season property. The top two vote getters will receive their own series in 2008. Ripclaw Pilot Season #1 and Cyblade Pilot Season #1 are currently in stores.

“The decision to cancel Aphrodite IX Pilot Season was a tough one,” explained Matt Hawkins, President of Top Cow, “The issue wasn’t coming together in a way that would work for Pilot Season. We didn’t want to risk delaying the voting process for Pilot Season or releasing a pilot issue we weren’t completely happy with, so the responsible thing to do was to remove it from the promotion. Fans haven’t seen the last of Aphrodite IX though.”

Additional information regarding Pilot Season can be found at the official website -

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

The Darkness First Look Scheduled for Release in November!

Top Cow Productions is proud to announce the upcoming release of the new The Darkness ongoing series scheduled to debut in stores in December 2007. In order to give new and devoted fans alike a chance to preview the new series, Top Cow will release The Darkness: First Look in November 2007.

The Darkness: First Look will feature an eight page preview of the first issue of the ongoing series along with additional behind-the-scenes material from writer Phil Hester (Green Arrow, Deep Sleeper) and artist Michael Broussard (Unholy Union). Hot on the heels of the stunning events of Top Cow’s summer event First Born, Jackie Estacado has fled his old life and has established himself in a new locale with a new look and some shadowy new allies. Die hard fans of The Darkness are sure to enjoy this evolution of Top Cow’s anti-hero and new fans coming onboard from the hit video game from 2K and Starbreeze will find it a reader friendly jumping on point. And with both Hester and Broussard committed to the title for the foreseeable future, readers are assured a consistent and high quality new series.

The Darkness: First Look will be in stores in mid-November and carry a cover price of 99 cents.

“I feel like I know huge secret and can't wait to let everyone in on it. Michael's art is a revelation and I believe the story will satisfy faithful Darkness fans while staking out new territory for the character,” commented writer Phil Hester, “We're going all out to make the book scarier, smarter, sexier and weirder. I won't go as far as telling retailers to build on to their stores to accommodate the hordes of new readers, but I guarantee that The Darkness #1 will deliver.”

“This new Darkness series is ridiculously good,” added Filip Sablik, Vice President of Marketing and Sales for Top Cow, “I’d go so far as to say if you don’t like what Phil and Michael do on this book, you might not like comics.”

REVIEW - First Born #2

The explosive second issue is here! Who is the father of Sara's kid? Last issue Jackie said it was his. How could that be possible? If you want action, there's no shortage here. READ MORE

Darkness nominated for BAFTA videogame award

The Darkness nominated for a BAFTA video game award in Excellence in Story CLICK HERE

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

'Witchblade' Anime on Sale

The story of a woman whose fated selection as a warrior blessed/cursed with the most powerful weapon humanity is aware of, Witchblade is a sleekly designed anime whose penchant for tough love has made it a success. READ MORE

Monday, September 24, 2007

NEW The Darkness article in Wizard #193

See the First page from this article below

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Exclusive First Born #2 Unlettered Pages

If you like Witchblade and are or plan on reading First Born, here’s a sneak peek at some previously unseen pre-lettered pages from First Born #2. Two gnomes were maimed getting these out of Top Cow’s fortified bunker. CLICK HERE

REVIEW - Darkness: Levels TPB & First Born # 2

Two great reviews for these books over at Jazma Online

Joshua Hale Fialkov & Kody Chamberlain

For those of you that may have missed the jam packed show, be sure to download the podcast of Fanboy Radio episode #417 featuring Joshua Hale Fialkov & Kody Chamberlain along with an unexpected appearance from Top Cow VP of Editorial Rob Levin! Joshua talks about his work on Cyblade: Pilot Season #1 and Rob and Kody rap about their upcoming Spacedog series, Wight & Associates. CLICK HERE to check out the show.

Friday, September 21, 2007

REVIEW - Madame Mirage #2

Hollywood's elite have gathered to party the night away at the fabulous Kelly Mansion. But this season's soiree is going to take a deadly turn when Madame Mirage crashes the party. CLICK HERE

REVIEW - The Darkness: Ultimate Collection

If you're a serious gamer you probably played The Darkness game that came out recently. What I remember being most impressed with was the concept and story. CLICK HERE


Much-beloved comic artist Mike Wieringo passed away on August 12 of a heart attack. Many artists immediately did Wieringo tribute pieces, and many wished to donate them to charity. As Mike was a lover of both comics and animals, Mike’s family elected to donate them to The Hero Initiative and the ASPCA. These pieces are being auctioned at: All proceeds will be split between The Hero Initiative and the ASPCA. READ MORE

Witchblade vol. 1 DVD Impression

Top Cow's Witchblade series which follows Sara Pezzini, an NYPD Homicide Detective and wielder of the Witchblade, has received many spin-off series chronicling the various possessors of the Witchblade throughout history, but none so unique as FUNimations's Witchblade anime. READ MORE

Thursday, September 20, 2007


First Born #2 (of 3)
(W) Ron Marz (A) Stjepan Sejic (Cov) Dale Keown, Stjepan Sejic
First Born goes into overdrive as the delicate truce between the forces of Dark and Light breaks down and Sara Pezzini and Patrick Gleason are caught in the middle! The Darkness and the Angelus throw down in the ultimate melee and the true nature of Sara's pregnancy is revealed. Writer Ron Marz (Ion, Samurai: Heaven & Earth) and digital painter Stjepan Sejic (The Darkness: Level 1, Witchblade) deliver the second arc of Top Cow's epic three issue series that sets the stage for the next incredible year!

FIRST BORN #2 features covers by Dale Keown and series artist Stjepan Sejic.
Cover A) Dale Keown
Cover B) Stjepan Sejic

Full Color 32 pages $2.99 Limited Series
Due in store: October 3rd CLICK HERE


“America has only invented two art forms: comic books and jazz, both of which are more popular overseas.” READ MORE

Wednesday, September 19, 2007


Cyblade Pilot Season #1
(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov (A)Rick Mays (Cov) Rick Mays

Now available with an exclusive variant cover found only on the Top Cow Store!
Cyblade - she's training to be an elite super-spy and assassin, but who is she working for? A cerebral 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
Cyblade Pilot Season #1 Top Cow Store Edition CLICK HERE

Cyblade Pilot Season #1 CLICK HERE

Witchblade Takeru Manga #8
The second jaw-dropping chapter of WITCHBLADE TAKERU MANGA launches here! Takeru has survived her first battle, but will she survive her union with the Witchblade itself? Originally serialized in Japan's popular magazine, Champion Red and written by Witchblade Anime head writer, Yasuko Kobayashi, this issue also features an alternate cover by Top Cow star Tyler Kirkham (New Avengers/Transformers, Pheonix Warsong).

Cover A) Kazasa Sumita
Cover B) Tyler Kirkham

Full Color 32 pages $3.99 continuing series

Witchblade Takeru Manga #8 Kirkham Cover CLICK HERE

WitchbladeTakeru Manga #8 Sumita Cover CLICK HERE

(W) Yasuko Kobayashi (A) Kazasa Sumita (C) Blond (Cov) Sumita, Kirkham


Top Cow Productions solicitations for December.

Comic Review: Witchblade Takeru Manga #8

Manga is an entirely different art form than the western comics I’m used to reading, requiring alternative modes of visual interpretation. Luckily, Witchblade Takeru Manga Vol. 8 gives readers — new to the series and manga itself — plenty of time to acclimate. READ MORE

Comic Review: The Darkness: Levels TPB

When I heard that Top Cow was coming out with a comic book based on a video game based on a comic book, I was, to say the least, skeptical. I was never a big fan of The Darkness comics in the first place, but I am a fan of the video game READ MORE

Comic Review: Cyblade — Pilot Season #1

There is one beautiful, sexy woman coming after you. That might be a good thing if it wasn’t the trained killer Cyblade, one of the most popular members of Top Cow’s original flagship series Cyberforce. READ MORE.

Witchblade Anime Full Episode over at IGN

Witchblade Manga Vol 1 is out in stores September 25th!. But you Can't Wait to see a Episode?. Then don't CLICK HERE
or view it here thanks to IGN

Sneak Peek: The Darkness: Levels Trade Paperback shows off a sneak peak. CLICK HERE

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Hyper Magazine reviews The Darkness

The Darkness Scores 92% in Australian gamer magazine Hyper.
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Promoting Reading

Some folks might not be aware, but Top Cow regularly gets involved in various charity and promotional events where we donate comics, graphic novels, and other cool stuff. Every once in a while we get cool letters back thanking us for our participation. I thought it'd be cool to share on of these letters with the Herd. This one is from the Cumberland County Public Library after their Librari-Con. As always, we're happy to help!

Madame Mirage #2 - Review

Madame Mirage #2 - Review over at CLICK HERE

Monday, September 17, 2007

Scoop spotlights Madame Mirage #2

Get the Scoop on Madame Mirage #2 CLICK HERE

Legendary Comic Book Heroes Wave 2

Hitting Store This Month with 2 great Top Cow Characters The Darkness & Stryker.

Blog @ Newsarama mentions Pilot Season interviews


DVD Talk strongly recommend WB Anime

Last year GONZO worked with director Yoshimitsu Ohashi and designer Uno Makoto to produce an anime series based upon the Witchblade universe. READ MORE

Witchblade Takeru Manga #8 preview

Check out this 5 page preview CLICK HERE

New Witchblade statues by C.S. Moore Studio

We feel bad typecasting Clayburn Moore as a sculptor of beautiful women—the man sculpts good-lookin’ dudes as well—but you have to admit that the guy knows his strengths. READ MORE

Sunday, September 16, 2007


Zannel, Inc. (, the mobile industry’s first Instant Media Messaging™ service, which allows people to micro-blog their lives and start real time conversations by sending video, picture and text updates from mobile phones, has partnered with Top Cow Productions to create a branded channel featuring Top Cow images, wallpapers and videos that users can share with friends on their mobile phones. READ MORE

Friday, September 14, 2007

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


amar Nicholas and Tom Beland are two cartoonists making great comics on their own terms. Both writer/artists are frequent guests of the comic book radio talk show and will be returning to Fanboy Radio for a live interview tomorrow. Jamar Nicholas (aka ‘The Grand Poobah of Indy Comics’) is responsible for the webcomic ‘Detective Boogaloo: Hip-Hop Cop,’ is a frequent contributor to DRAW! Magazine and will be chatting about one or two future projects coming out soon. Tom Beland creates the Eisner-nominated ‘True Story, Swear to God’ series out by Image Comics and works on side-projects for Marvel Comics when they’re lucky enough to have him.

Callers to the live show with a question for the guests will receive an exclusive Witchblade Anime DVD thanks to FUNimation Entertainment! Be a part of the action by dialing (817) 257-7631 this Wednesday, September 12th, at 2:00 Eastern / 1:00 Central.

Last Sunday’s live conversation with Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch, as well as hundreds of hours of past episodes are up now at the official Fanboy Radio website - and the show streams episodes from

Fanboy Radio is a live comedy radio show about the world of comic books and pop culture hosted by Scott Hinze and Oliver Tull. The hour of interviews, humor and information airs from the KTCU studios in Fort Worth, Texas on KTCU 88.7 FM - The Choice, online via internet - KTCU streaming audio and is syndicated in Canada. Fanboy Radio is made possible by FUNimation Entertainment and their DVD releases of Witchblade, DragonBall Z: Season 3 & Full Metal Alchemist and Fort Worth comic book retailer, Y2Komics.

Darkness: Levels tradepaper back - REVIEW

This tradepaper back collects issues # 0 through # 5 as well as a cover gallery and two art galleries. READ MORE

Witchblade Manga # 7 & # 8 REVIEW

Witchblade is in bloody fiery battle with a demonic monster. Even as she pulls a sword from her own body just above her groin we see the blood spraying out. READ MORE


Comics publisher Top Cow has brought something new into the comics field, borrowing a bit from television but executing it in comic form.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Broussard discusses exclusive contract w/ Newsarama

It follows the same logic that Top Cow used when it signed artist Stjepan Sejic as the regular artist on Witchblade through issue #150. The publisher has now signed artist Michael Broussard to a three year contract which will see him as the regular artist on the new The Darkness series coming in December (written by Phil Hester). READ MORE

Madame Mirage #2 review

Paul Dini and Kenneth Rocafort are a dream team together!