Thursday, January 31, 2008

Witchblade Anime Vol 4 reviewed

Underneath the latex and thongs, Witchblade is a compelling, thoughtful series. Looking at the box, I didn't know what to make of Witchblade. The itty-bitty sci-fi erotica costuming featured on the front is bound to bring a little disappointment to those looking for violent, sexy fun, once they see the series itself. Witchblade does present violent, sexy fun, but not to the extent one may be led to believe by the front of the box. The series offers so much more, and is better for that fact. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

Top Cow in "MySpacing Comics" column on CBR

Over the past six months, CBR News has been tracking trends and “friends” on – the nation’s most trafficked website – as they relate to the comic book industry, most specifically with publishers and creators. In our ongoing effort to deliver to the world the premier online comics magazine, this monthly feature endeavors to share our findings, chat with newsmakers and explore profile movement – be it up, down or sideways. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

In Stores This Week

Witchblade # 114 Choi Cover
(W) Ron Marz (P) Sami Basri (Cov) Mike Choi, Sami Basri

Still adjusting to her role as a new mother, Sara Pezzini moves into a bigger apartment. But she quickly learns why she found such a bargain in New York City real estate -- the apartment already has ghostly tenants, and they want Sara's baby! Meanwhile, Danielle Baptiste is swept off her feet by a new man in her life. But is he too good to be true? And what's his connection to Sara?

Cover A – Mike Choi and Sonia Oback
Cover B – Sami Basri

Full Color 32 pages $2.99 continuing series





Witchblade Takeru Manga #12 Preview

Witchblade Takeru Manga #12
(W) Yasuko Kobayashi (A) Kazasa Sumita (C) Blond (Cov) Sumita

The end is here! Takeru and the US military clash in one final, explosive battle, but who will end up at the bottom of the ocean in the end? Originally serialized in Japan's popular magazine, Champion Red and written by Witchblade Anime head writer Yasuko Kobayashi. Don’t miss the shocking final issue!

Full Color 40 pages $3.99 limited series

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WB #115 review

Sara Pezzini and Dani Baptiste both face new challenges, but the question is – which is more difficult raising a newborn or fighting off the latest supernatural threat that is drawn to the Witchblade? CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Pilot Season Brings Home 4 Million Votes!

Winners to be Announced on February 12th!

Top Cow Productions is incredibly proud to announce that from the final voting tally from fans at the official home of Pilot Season ( totaled over 4.1 million votes. The unprecedented comic event generated more interest from fans than even the publisher anticipated.

Pilot Season is the innovative publishing initiative from Top Cow Productions, which released five self-contained pilot issues starring established characters without a current series by established creative teams in 2007. Each issue set up a potential series in a similar manner to a television pilot episode. Fans were called to “Take Control” and vote online at to determine which two series receive their own series in 2008. Fans were allowed to vote as often and as many times as they like and those fans who purchased all five pilot issues were rewarded with a secret voting code that allowed for their votes to count double those without the special code. The two winning series will be announced on February 12th.

“A promotion like this is always a bit risky because you don’t know what kind of results you’re going to get. But the fans really impressed us with their enthusiasm with Pilot Season,” said Top Cow Publisher, Filip Sablik. “Over 4 million votes is almost unbelievable and we’re even more proud to say that all those votes are legitimate, without the aid of any scripts or bots. We’re incredibly proud of our fans and all of the talented creators involved in Pilot Season.”

Free The Darkness Daily on Newsarama

Top Cow Productions in association with and HiddenRobot are pleased to bring fans The Darkness Volume 2 #1-6 by Paul Jenkins and Dale Keown in its entirety for free! The story arc entitled “Resurrection” will run daily on COMICS @ Newsarama at Bookmark that link and check it out every day! CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

Free Madame Mirage #1 on Newsarama

With issues #1-#3 completely sold out at the distributor level (copies may still be available at retailer outlets), Top Cow has provided Newsarama with the full first issue of Paul Dini and Kenneth Rocafort’s Madame Mirage. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

Witchblade #115 review

Sara and Dani are shown going through their morning routines. Than they go about their day. Sara has a relatively uninteresting day as she performs the duties of motherhood. Dani has a similiarly uneventful day. The art though is amazing. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

The Darkness #2 review

Jackie is not really one of the good guys he loves being in control. He is willing to gain that control by using whatever means necessary. So hurting others is not a problem for him. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

Friday, January 25, 2008

The Darkness # 1 Review

I’m a big fan of The Darkness character. So much so that I wrote two issues to try and impress publisher Top Cow and save the second volume of The Darkness from cancellation, but nothing ever came of it. I didn’t go about the proper way of submitting it because I was kind of new at the comic book business at the time. But it’s good to see The Darkness come back in this third volume along with similar ideas I had in making the main man, Jackie Estacado, a well-rounded character. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

Never Before Collected Material in Witchblade Volume 3!

Trade Volume Features a New Cover by Stjepan Sejic!

Top Cow Productions’ re-branding of the Witchblade trade paperback line continues in March 2008 with Witchblade Volume 3 trade paperback. The trade paperback collects Witchblade #93-100 along with Witchblade: Bearers of the Blade, which have never been collected.

Witchblade Volume 3 trade paperback is written by Ron Marz (First Born, Green Lantern) and drawn by Mike Choi (X-Men, X-23: Target X) with additional art by Stephen Sadowski (JSA, Superpowers) and Adriana Melo (Ms. Marvel). The trade includes the landmark issue #100, which planted the initial seeds for 2007’s First Born event along with a cover gallery including work by Steve McNiven (Civil War), Terry Dodson (Wonder Woman), Marc Silvestri (X-Men: Messiah CompleX), Cary Nord (Conan The Barbarian), and Joseph Michael Linsner (Dark Ivory). The trade also contains some of the hallmark issues of the Marz and Choi run on Witchblade including the return of fan-favorite foil Ian Nottingham.

“The issues collected in the volume, especially issue #100, really pull together a lot of the threads Mike and I had been weaving since we started on the book. So I think it reads as a culmination of the story Mike and I were telling, but also lays the groundwork for what comes next. So hopefully it works as an ending as well as a beginning,” stated writer, Marz.

Witchblade Volume 3 trade paperback will feature an original cover by Stjepan Sejic and carry an SRP of $14.99. Additional information regarding Witchblade can be found at

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

In Store This Week

The Darkness vol 3 #1 Krypton Comics Foil Edition
(W) Phil Hester (A) Michael Broussard (Cov) Phil Hester

Don’t miss out on this super limited variant cover by writer Phil Hester available only on the Top Cow Store!
Following in the wake of the hugely successful The Darkness video game and the summer’s smash hit, First Born, The Darkness returns in a brand new ongoing series by Phil Hester (Deep Sleeper, Green Arrow) and Michael Broussard (Unholy Union)! Irrevocably changed by the events of First Born, Jackie Estacado has relocated to the secluded nation of Sierra Muñoz. But every paradise has dark secrets under the surface. And what does the mysterious Professor Kirchner stand to gain by allying himself with Jackie?
Don’t miss the next great chapter of the Darkness mythos beginning with an oversized first issue featuring bonus pages of story and art!

Full Color 32 pages $10.00 ongoing series


Another Darkness # 2 Review

"Following the stunning events of the spectacular first issue, writer Phil Hester (Superman: Confidential, Green Arrow) and new talent Michael Broussard (Unholy Union) introduce the sensual and mysterious Eve into the world of The Darkness! And as Jackie takes on the rebels he finds there may be more to them than meets the eye. Will Jackie's time in paradise be short lived?" CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

Witchblade 114 Review

Nothing like a good spooky haunted story. A nice change of pace. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

The Darkness #2 Review

Jackie finds people all around are out to get him. At least he has a new "girlfriend," sort of. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Stjepan Sejic Joins Witchblade With #116!

Painter Begins as Ongoing Artist in March!

Top Cow Productions, Inc. is pleased to announce that Stjepan Sejic (First Born, Angelus: Pilot Season) will join First Born collaborator and long time Witchblade writer, Ron Marz (Green Lantern) as the ongoing artist beginning with Witchblade #116 in March 2008.

Sejic first gained mainstream acclaim providing digital colors on The Darkness/Wolverine one-shot and soon took on full art chores for a number of high profile assignments culminating in Top Cow’s 2007 event, First Born. Sejic’s unique painted style has caught fan and retailer attention alike and prompted Wizard Magazine to name him their “On The Rise Artist” for 2008. Sejic has committed to be the Witchblade ongoing artist beginning issue #116 through issue #150 along with writer Ron Marz, who has been on the title since issue #80. The run will make Marz and Sejic the longest running creative team on the series and symbolizes Top Cow’s renewed commitment to providing fans with consistent, quality comic series.

Witchblade #116 promises to be an ideal jumping on point for new readers. Following the events of First Born, the Witchblade was split in half and is now wielded by long-time bearer Sara Pezzini and neophyte Danielle Baptiste. Both women will have to adapt to the new changes in their lives and this issue will lay seeds for the upcoming landmark issue #125.

“Historic run, on the rise artist, longest running, and consistent,” said Sejic, “In my personal dictionary these descriptions all fall under ‘hype’. As a fan, I’ve read my share of hype but as an artist my job is to destroy the skepticism in fans’ minds. I’m committed to doing just that. Ron has amazing stories outlined and I’m extremely excited to show fans what I can really do. I’m in this because I love comics and telling stories, and these are going to be some badass stories!”

“I know long runs really don't happen that much in comics anymore. It's a big deal when somebody does more than 12 issues. But #116 will be almost 40 issues in a row for me, and I feel like I'm just scratching the surface of everything we can do with these characters and this concept.,” added Marz. “Stjepan coming on board is going to take Witchblade to another level. I think the work he's doing is already a step beyond what he did on First Born, equal parts beautiful and disturbing. The plan is for us to have at least three years together on the book, so we're just getting warmed up.”

Witchblade #116 will feature a painted cover by Stjepan Sejic as well as an incentive cover by Greg Horn (Ms. Marvel) and carry an SRP of $2.99. Additional information regarding Witchblade can be found

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The Darkness #2 preview

Top Cow has provided Newsarama with an exclusive first look at Darkness #2 by Phil Hester and Michael Broussard. The issue follows the new developments in the life of Jackie Estacado, chief among them being his takeover Sierra Munoz, and turning it into his own narcotic production facility. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

Pipeline Podcast March Previews episode mentions Witchblade rebranded trades

Augie and Jamie return to discuss the comics of March 2008. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

Friday, January 18, 2008

PREVIEW : The Darkness #2

The Darkness #2
(W) Phil Hester (A) Michael Broussard (Cov) Dale Keown, Stjepan Sejic
Following the stunning events of the spectacular first issue, writer Phil Hester (Deep Sleeper, Green Arrow) and new talent Michael Broussard (Unholy Union) introduce the sensual and mysterious Eve into the world of The Darkness! And as Jackie takes on the rebels he finds there may be more to them than meets the eye. Will Jackie’s time in paradise be short lived?

Cover A – Dale Keown
Cover B – Stjepan Sejic
COVER C - Tyler Kirkham

Full Color 32 pages $2.99 ongoing series


LOS ANGELES - January 17, 2008 – Mere hours after announcing MySpace Comic Books and Meltdown Comics’ Y: The Last Party, a celebration of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra's newly completed comic book epic Y: The Last Man, all VIP Tickets for the event have sold out. Standing room door tickets will be available on a first come, first served basis on February 8 at Meltdown in Los Angeles, where Joss Whedon will appear in person to toast Y: The Last Man co-creators Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra. All proceeds from this once-in-a-lifetime event will benefit the First Amendment work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF).

“We're thrilled by the enormous response to this party, and committed to making sure that fans aren’t left out in the cold” says CBDLF Executive Director Charles Brownstein. “We will still have standing room door tickets available for the main event on the day of the party, and will also be piping in live audio from the event into the main Meltdown store for those who come but aren't able to get a door ticket. After the Q&A, Brian & Pia will be on hand at the store to mingle with the fans who make the trip as well. We’re committed to making this a special night for the comics community, and are going to do everything we can to make sure that everyone gets a chance to participate.”

For those who are unable to make it to Los Angeles for the party, The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s MySpace Profile ( will also offer video excerpts from the party for fans world wide subsequent to the event.

"The response to this party has been overwhelming," Brownstein adds. "We're enormously grateful to all of the Y: The Last Man fans who are supporting the CBLDF at the party. This is going to be a very special night for comics."

Y THE LAST MAN, will conclude on January 30, 2008 with issue sixty. The series and its co-creators, writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Pia Guerra, have received widespread acclaim, in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Salon and Entertainment Weekly and on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." To celebrate the end of the series, MySpace Comic Books (, the comics community of the world's most popular social network, and Meltdown Comics, the renowned Los Angeles-based comic book shop, have joined forces to host Y: THE LAST PARTY as a benefit for the First Amendment work of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund..

Whedon, the famed creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly, will kick off the festivities in Meltdown's Hollywood gallery space with a keynote speech in appreciation of the series. Following the speech will be a live Q&A with guests of honor Vaughan & Guerra. There will also be a VIP Reception prior to the event, with Whedon, Vaughan & Guerra, that will include the unveiling of a never-before-seen print by Pia Guerra.

Y: THE LAST PARTY is made possible by the generous support of sponsors from across the comic book industry: Y: The Last Man publisher Vertigo Comics (; Dark Horse Comics (; Image Comics (; and Top Cow Productions (

Capacity for this event is strictly limited to 140 people. VIP reserved seating tickets are sold out. 70 general admission "standing room only" tickets for the event will be $25, and are available on a first-come, first served basis on the day of the event.

More information and updates on Y: The Last Party can be found on the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund's MySpace profile (

MySpace Comic Books ( is a community dedicated to the best in comics, manga, and graphic novels. Launched in March 2007, MySpace Comic Books provides the online community with the latest comic book news and interviews and spotlights the most exciting projects, creators and events in the industry. With more than 154,000 friends, and growing, MySpace continues to see significant interest from its members in the comic book arena.

Thursday, January 17, 2008


Witchblade #113
(W) Ron Marz (P) Sami Basri (Cov) Mike Choi, Sami Basri

A new chapter in the Witchblade saga begins now! After the stunning events of FIRST BORN, who will be the bearer of the Witchblade? Will Sara Pezzini take up the ancient, powerful artifact again, or will Dani Baptiste retain it? The pieces for the most surprising year of Witchblade ever begin to come together here as both Sara and Dani head in new directions.
FIRST BORN architect Ron Marz (Green Lantern, Samurai: Heaven And Earth) reunites with artist Sami Basri (JLA Classified) for this new chapter in the Witchblade legacy.

Cover A –Mike Choi and Sonia Oback
Cover B – Sami Basri

Full Color 32 pages $2.99 continuing series



Witchblade Anime TV Guide article

TV Guide, America's premier source for TV programming information with a weekly circulation of over 3 million, spotlighted Witchblade Anime's debut on IFC and featured a quote from Top Cow President, Matt Hawkins!

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Top Cow solicitations for April


Witchblade/Devi #1
The Darkness #4
The Darkness #1 -Krypton Comics/Spud’s Emporium Gold Foil Variant
Witchblade #117
Witchblade #113-115 Set
Art of Witchblade
Witchblade Takeru Manga TPB


Top Cow Sponsors "Y: The Last Party" at Meltdown

On Friday, February 8th, MySpace Comic Books, the CBLDF (Comic Book Legal Defense Fund) and Meltdown Comics are hosting a party commemorating “Y: The Last Man,” with special guests Brian K. Vaughan, Pia Guerra and Joss Whedon. And more than just a celebration of Vaughan and Guerra’s epic comic book series, the party is also a fundraiser to benefit the First Amendment work of the CBLDF. CBR News sat down with CBLDF Executive Director Charles Brownstein to get more details about the gala event. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

Dark Sector Zero review

Wow, 2007 was a spectacular year for comic books. I could barely get around to reading half the comics I was interested in, nor have I had time to write reviews on half the comics I did read. There are countless titles from countless companies that have endless comics coming out each week. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Witchblade #114 Review

"Sara is drawn beautifully as we open it is a stunning portrait. The 3-D effect is wonderfully done. The colors are rich and vibrant. Mommy Sara the Witchblade holder now has one very special charge to look after." CLICK HERE to read more

Top Cow Makes a New Fan

One company really caught my attention in 2007. Top Cow gained me as a new reader with their small universe of books. Granted, there were some lateness issues during the whole big "First Born" event that caused a bit of momentum to be lost, but overall I've been a lot more impressed with Top Cow's lineup as a whole than I ever thought I would be. CLICK HERE to read more

Filip Sablik on Fanboy Radio #445

Comic writer and returning guest Barbara Kesel joins the show to discuss her new book Rogue Angel out of IDW, The Legends of The Dark Crystal out of TokyoPop and a whole lot more as Filip Sablik, the brand new Publisher of Top Cow Productions discusses his plans for the comic line for the rest of the hour. CLICK HERE to go to Fanboy Radio

Or click here for a Direct link to the podcast!.

Witchblade #113 review

"Issue #113 of Witchblade is a bit of a breather after the First Born storyline. It’s a “settling in” issue for both Sara Pezzini and Danielle Baptiste, both of whom now hold a piece of the Witchblade. Sara is moving into a new loft in Greenwich Village and only uses her powers for the mundane task of moving a grandfather clock to the top floor." CLICK HERE to read more

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Rumors of Witchblade DVD collection afoot

TNT's live-action Witchblade series is apparently headed for DVD. Top Cow publisher Filip Sablik confirmed for The Continuum that Top Cow has been contacted for interviews for a DVD package. CLICK HERE to read more

Friday, January 11, 2008

Interview with Filip Sablik

Following on the heels of a year filled with multi-faceted success, Top Cow Productions, the studio of Image Comics co-founder Marc Silverstri, looks to build on the results of 2007 with an equally impressive 2008. To do that, they decided to make some changes. CLICK HERE

Joo-See Interviews Sablik

The big news in comics this week was the elevation of Filip Sablik, former Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Top Cow, to the lofty position of company Publisher. We had a chance to sit down with Filip for a little one-on-one, and when that was over, we asked him a bunch of questions about life, the universe, and plans for the Cow in 2008! CLICK HERE