Friday, May 14, 2010
Newsarama: Uncovering Top Cow's ARTIFACTS With Writer Ron Marz
After years of mystery, intrigue and subterfuge, the truth behind the pillars of power in the Top Cow universe is being revealed.
In the upcoming miniseries Artifacts, Top Cow’s principal writer Ron Marz (Witchblade, Angelus, Magdalena) is taking on the central mythology of the Top Cow universe that goes back years. Simply stated, the mythology of the Artifacts is that there exists thirteen unique items with supernatural powers and legendary origins. The best known of these items is that of the Witchblade and the Darkness, whose bearers make up the publisher’s key ongoing series. But joining them are things like the Spear of Destiny, held by the Magdalena (who recently began her own series), and the crown of Angelus and nine other artifacts. Some of these others have been covered in recent Top Cow books, but several remain shrouded – for now.
Top Cow recently released the cover art for Artifacts #1, showcasing a “jam” piece created by Top Cow’s main artists Marc Silvestri, Michael Broussard, Stjepan Sejic, Kenneth Rocafort, Nelson Blake and Sheldon Mitchell. And earlier this month on Free Comic Book Day, they served up a prelude to the series with a special #0 issue laying the groundwork for the summer event series. The series, which is to be spread out over the course of thirteen issues, will have three artists doing four issues apiece before a special fourth artist will draw the final issue. The artist of the first four issues of Artifacts will be Michael Broussard, who just came off an extended run drawing The Darkness and was the winner of Top Cow’s 2006 Talent Search contest.
With Artifacts #1 scheduled for a release in late June and Top Cow providing Newsarama an exclusive prologue for the series, we talked with Ron Marz for more.
Newsarama: Can you explain from your viewpoint the concept of the Artifacts in the Top Cow universe?
Ron Marz: Up to this point, the artifacts have been a background concept in the Top Cow universe. The most obvious ones have certainly been the Witchblade, the Darkness and the Spear of Destiny which the Magdalena holds. We’ve been stringing together this mythology very slowly, with the intent that we’ll eventually tell the story – and now we are.
Basically, there are 13 artifacts that have supernatural powers in the Top Cow universe. The theory is that if you bring all thirteen together at the same place and same time, rumor has it that really bad things will happen. After squarely establishing the key three artifacts in last year’s Broken Trinity miniseries, we’ve been establishing the others.
Read the full interview here.