Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
And take a look at the official Wanted movie home page by CLICKING HERE
While I was highly anticipating Phil Hester's ongoing FIREBREATHER debuting next year, I initially wasn't sure about how he would work on THE DARKNESS. However, just as soon as I thought that I remembered he made his name on his own dark antihero with demonic origins, THE WRETCH. Once I saw him combined with industry newcomer and a true artist to watch out for, Michael Broussaro, I predicted we would have a winner here. CLICK HERE
we've been saying for the past few weeks, IGN Comics has switched over to a numerical scoring system. Like our gaming and entertainment counterparts, we'll be ranking books with a full 100-point scale. For trades, arcs and manga, we'll comment on art and writing along with a final score. Weekly books get a faster treatment due to their shorter length. CLICK HERE
Paul Dini takes the one direction I didn't toy with to explain Madame Mirage, and as a result, he surprises the hell out of the reader. I hesitate to even review this book since doing so just may give away the juicy little secret behind Madame Mirage. Let's just talk about the bare bones plot. CLICK HERE
Monday, October 29, 2007
Top Cow Unveils New Painted Cover and Announces Page Count Increase!
In January 2008, Top Cow Productions will give new and lapsed readers and retailers an opportunity to rediscover Witchblade, the ongoing flagship title for the publisher. Top Cow will be re-branding the entire trade paperback line for Witchblade and unveiled the first trade cover today as well as a page count increase.
Witchblade Volume 1 is slated for release in January 2008 and will contain the initial storyline by current series writer, Ron Marz (First Born, Samurai: Heaven & Earth) entitled “Witch Hunt.” The six issue story is an ideal jumping point for readers interested in discovering the modern Witchblade series. The first volume collects Witchblade #80-85 written by Marz and drawn by Mike Choi (X-Men, X-23: Target X). Subsequent volumes will follow with volumes 2-4 being released in the first half of 2008. The new trade collections will feature a redesigned trade dress, brand new painted covers by upcoming Witchblade ongoing artist Stjepan Sejic (First Born), new introductions, and a new Witchblade logo by Eisner award-winner Todd Klein. Most noteworthy will be Top Cow’s aggressive introductory pricing for Volume 1, available exclusively in comic shops for only $4.99. The book market version will carry the regular $9.99 SRP on the cover.
Top Cow revealed for the first time today the new painted cover for Volume 1 by Stjepan Sejic featuring the iconic Witchblade gauntlet itself. The publisher also announced a page count increase to 160 pages with no increase in price. Earlier volumes of Witchblade containing the classic stories by David Wohl, Christina Z., and Michael Turner, will be re-branded as Witchblade: Origins and offered beginning in the second quarter of 2008. Witchblade: Origins will consist of four volumes and collect Witchblade #1-25
“The Witch Hunt storyline was really my introduction to Witchblade as a writer, and I wrote it to be an introduction for the readers as well,” commented author Marz. “The arc is very much a ground-floor read, so the collection should be a serve as a great starting point at an amazing price. I don't think you can get much more new-reader friendly than that."
“With over 100 issues of Witchblade out there it can be intimidating for new fans to try out the series,” commented Filip Sablik, Vice President of Marketing & Sales for Top Cow. “By re-branding the trade program we’re letting fans and retailers know, this is the place to jump on board. The Ron Marz run on Witchblade has been one of the best reviewed in the history of the title.”
“Marz has cut away the fat without destroying the history.” Grade A – Paperback Reader
“The Witchblade-verse is at its most newbie-friendly point in years.” 4 Out of 5 – Silver Bullet Comics
“Don’t be intimidated by this series having over 100 issues so far. Now is as good a time as any to get on board.” Grade A – Judgement Day, Comic World News
“There is no greater accomplishment for a writer than leaving a reader wanting more, and I want more. Witchblade is highly recommended.” – Suspended Animation
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Cyberforce's resident speedster, Velocity, finally gets her groove on in this one-shot brought to you by Joe Casey (Uncanny X-Men, Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes) and Kevin Maguire (Justice League, Superman/Batman)! How does a young heroine find love when she's the target of an all-new batch of super-villains?! Pure pop superheroics unlike anything Top Cow fans have ever experienced!
Full Color 32 pages $2.99
Madame Mirage #3
(W) Paul Dini (A) Kenneth Rocafort (Cov) Rocafort
Award-winning writer Paul Dini (Countdown, Lost) and hot new talent Kenneth Rocafort (Hunter-Killer) answer the question - “Who is Madame Mirage?”
A locked room, two deadly adversaries, and one loaded gun between them. Madame Mirage finds herself in a life or death duel with ASI's most skilled assassin, and the only way out is for one to kill the other. While the fatal drama unfolds, shocking secrets are revealed about our heroine's past, radically changing the direction of the series and everything you think you know about the mysterious Mirage.
Full Color 32 pages $2.99 continuing series
This is one of those full-disclosure/confessional moments. Though I’ve been a team book reader for many, many years (which is probably obvious from my various historical pieces on teams like the JSA, the Freedom Fighters, and my soon-to-appear Legion piece), no team book mattered more to me in my youth than Uncanny X-Men. The first issue that I ever picked up was #125, essentially the beginning of the Muir Island Saga. And I was hooked. CLICK HERE
"X-Men: Messiah CompleX" #1 on sale October 31
X-MEN: MESSIAH COMPLEX #1 comes out next week. This is the beginning of a new era for X-Men comics, theoretically. I think. It's been a while since I followed the X-books, and I'm afraid that might be showing now. CLICK HERE
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
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(W) Ron Marz (P) Steve Sadowski (I) Kevin Nowlan (Cov) Mike Mayhew
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. This issue will provide fans with a fuller reading experience and accompany this month's FIRST BORN #2!
Long time scribe Ron Marz (Ion, Samurai: Heaven & Earth) is joined in the second of three very special FIRST BORN tie-in issues by the unstoppable art team of Steve Sadowski (JSA, Red Sonja Annual), Kevin Nowlan (Batman: Black & White, Superman v. Aliens) and cover artist Mike Mayhew (Vampirella, The Pulse).
Full Color 32 pages $2.99 continuing series
Witchblade Takeru Manga #9
(W) Yasuko Kobayashi (A) Kazasa Sumita (C) Blond (Cov) Sumita
Takeru and Kuo learn more about the origin of the Witchblade and the return of demons to the world of man. But what is the US military's interest in the Witchblade? Originally serialized in Japan's popular magazine, Champion Red and written by Witchblade Anime head writer, Yasuko Kobayashi.
And now every issue of Witchblade Takeru Manga is over-sized with 38 pages of story and art leading up to the stunning conclusion in issue #12!
Full Color 40 pages $3.99 continuing series
The Darkness: Levels TPB
(W) Paul Jenkins, David Wohl (A) Mattias Snygg, Stjepan Sejic, Tyler Kirkham, Eric Basaldua, Patrick Blaine, Mike Choi
Based on smash hit THE DARKNESS VIDEO GAME from 2K Games and Starbreeze, this trade paperback captures the intensity and horror of the game while expanding The Darkness Universe for both players of the game and readers of the comic! All six self-contained, unique stories from THE DARKNESS LEVEL 0-5 is collected here!
Co-written by video game writer Paul Jenkins (CIVIL WAR: THE INITIATIVE, WOLVERINE: ORIGIN) and co-creator David Wohl (WITCHBLADE, APHRODITE IX) with art by Top Cow’s finest artists this is a is a must have for all fans of the video game and The Darkness!
Novel 176 pages $14.99
The new ongoing series will be written by Phil Hester (Green Arrow, Deep Sleeper) and penciled by Michael Broussard (Unholy Union). Both Hester and Broussard have stated their commitment to the ongoing series with Broussard recently signing a 3 year exclusive contract with Top Cow. The Darkness #1 finds the title character, Jackie Estacado irrevocably changed by the life changing events of First Born. Estacado has relocated to the Central American country of Sierra Muñoz and has seemingly gained a new understanding and control over his powers. But every tropical paradise has dark secrets underneath the surface…
The series promises to be an ideal jumping on point for new fans as well as an exciting evolution of the property for existing fans of The Darkness. The Darkness #1 is an over-sized first issue featuring three regular covers by co-creator Marc Silvestri (X-Men: Messiah CompleX), First Born artist Stjepan Sejic (Witchblade), and veteran The Darkness artist Dale Keown (The Darkness/Pitt). The series will be supported by house ads, outside advertising, promotional material, signings, and the October Previews contest.
"Michael and I are doing our doing or level best to intensify both the thematic and visual power of past incarnations of The Darkness, from the comics to the video game. We hope we've given the new series a flavor that will startle and intrigue faithful Darkness readers while giving new fans a perfect chance to jump on the runaway train that is Jackie Estacado's life,” said series scribe Hester. “I think it's some of the best writing of my career, and Michael's art will set the funnybook business on its ear."
“With video game sales exceeding 900,000 units worldwide interest for The Darkness has never been higher,” commented Filip Sablik, Vice President of Marketing & Sales for Top Cow, “Phil and Michael are bringing the noise AND the funk on the ongoing series and I’m certain fans will be blown away.”
Additional information regarding The Darkness can be found at http://www.topcow.com. Information regarding the October Previews contest can be found at http://previews.diamondcomics.com
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
WARNING: Lyrics contain mature themes and language which may not be appropriate for children.
See, I’ve been out of the loop. While the rest of the comic book world was going ga-ga over the original Necromancer miniseries a few years back, I was only just starting to be gently guided back into the comics mainstream under the tender care of Brian Michael Bendis’s Ultimate Spider-Man and Warren Ellis’s Planetary trades. READ MORE
Friday, October 12, 2007
The art is lovely. Madame Mirage has an air of mystery and sexuality. The background colors stand out as they excentuate the people. The men are drawn with a rough edge to them.
The verbal talk has a nice smooth flow to it READ MORE.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Just reading those two words makes you cringe a little, huh?
If only comic book publishers would do something about it, right? Top Cow – one of the perceived “worst offenders” in the industry is taking a step that will do something about it, namely hit them in their bottom line. Beginning in 2008, for every late book they ship, Top Cow will donate $500 to the Hero Initiative. If the books all ship on time in a given month, the publisher will contribute $1000 for that month to the charity.
We spoke with Top Cow President Matt Hawkins for more. CLICK HERE