Sunday, January 31, 2010

Fanboy Radio Talks Midnight Nation and Rising Stars' Influence

In the latest podcast from Fanboy Radio, they discuss the influence of Midnight Nation and Rising Stars.

Download the podcast here.

Source: FanBoy Radio

Newsarama: Top Cow Alum David Finch Ushering in a Brightest Day for DC

Top Cow Alum David Finch signed exclusively with DC this year and will be doing covers for the Brightest Day series.

In an interview with Newsarama's Vaneta Rogers, Finch recounts his early days at Top Cow:

Newsarama: Dave, we've talked a lot before about how you got into the business, but for DC fans who might not be familiar with your work, you came through Top Cow, right? Starting on Cyberforce under the direction of Marc Silvestri. How did you get started in comics there?

David Finch: I went to New York with some samples and showed them to David Wohl. He liked them enough to suggest I draw a pin-up and turn it in to Top Cow. They liked the pin-up enough to take me on as an intern and I learned on the job. That lead to seven years with Top Cow.

Nrama: Who were some of your influences as you began your comics career? Do you think they still influence your art, or has your style evolved?

Finch: My biggest influences when I started drawing were Marc Silvestri, Dale Keown, Jim Lee, Adam Kubert and Alan Davis and I would have to say that they still influence my art very heavily. Since then I’ve taken on a lot of other influences and gone in different directions, but the core of what I do has always stayed the same. I was attracted to comics because of the powerful artwork that I saw at that time, and that type of work is always going to be central to what I do.

Read the complete interview with David Finch here.

Source: Newsarama

Friday, January 29, 2010

Graze Anatomy: Finn - Ice, Ice, Baby

Just got in the more pages from Alessandro Vitti for Broken Trinity: Pandora's Box. Awesome! And inspired me to do a quick sketch of Finn in Ice King form.

Living Between Wednesdays

Living Between Wednesday's Jonathan takes a look at this week's Pilot Season: Demonic #1:

This is the second of the “Pilot Season” books that Robert Kirkman and Mark Silvestri are doing at Top Cow. Last week was Murderer, about a man who has to kill to silence his telepathy and who kills to help people. This week: Demonic, about a man compelled to either murder criminals or to kill his wife and daughter. Once the other three books (Stealth, Stellar and Hardcore, presumably about people who are afflicted by how quiet, bright and eXtreme they are, but manage to do good anyway) have come out then you’ll be able to vote for them on the Top Cow website, with the winner becoming a miniseries. So far, my money’s on Murderer, not only because it’s got the best name of the bunch but because the protagonist of that book spent most of the issue carefully selecting someone bad enough to kill before carefully killing him, while Demonic mostly carved up police officers, and precision is a lot more fun to read about than Demon Wolverine.

Source: Living Between Wednesdays

GeekWeek's I Thought You'd Never Ask: Rob Levin

Top Cow Publisher Filip Sablik is back with another installment of I Thought You'd Never Ask on His latest victim, Rob Levin.

Rob is one of the smartest, savviest, and funny guys I know in the business. Rob is currently a freelance writer and editor, but I got to know him as the youngest Vice President of Editorial over at Top Cow. He rose to that position because of his keen critical eye for the art of comics. Listening to Rob give notes, you can't help but wonder if he's actually like Benjamin Button. It's pretty common for pros meeting him to assume he's much older than he actually is. As a writer, he's only just now breaking on the scene with stories like The Darkness: Butcher, a Ragman story in the DC Comics Holiday Special, The Darkness: Shadows & Flame, and the upcoming Broken Trinity: Pandora's Box with co-conspirator & renaissance man Bryan Edward Hill. He also recently edited the critically acclaimed Days Missing limited series for Archaia and the upcoming The Crazies comic prequels from American Original. It's just the tip of the iceberg of what Levin has in store for the comics industry so get on board this train early. You an find him blogging at Authentic Imposter as well as here at Geekweek or sharing his random insight on Twitter @roblevin. Finally, you should know I call Rob "Dusty" and he calls me "Frutti," the reasons are a thing of comic book urban legend.

Be sure to catch the rest of the interview here.

Source: GeekWeek

UGO's Mint Condition Exclusive: Top Cow's New Velocity Comic

As announced on's newly relaunched site, Top Cow Productions presents 'Velocity,' a new comic book series being made thanks to four million fans from around the world:

Top Cow, the L.A.-based comics publisher founded by Marc Silvestri, has had an annual tradition called "Pilot Season," where the company releases several one-shot pilot issues and lets fans choose which one they'd want to see as a full series.

Today, we're getting a first look at the winner of the 2007 Pilot Season, Velocity, which got more than four million votes from fans. Based on a character from Marc Silvestri's popular Cyberforce comic series, Velocity will feature the talents of writer Ron Marz (Witchblade, Angelus) and artist Kenneth Rocafort (Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer).

Here's the summary:

Carin Taylor is the fastest woman in the world. At least, she'd better be if she wants to save her own life and the lives of her Cyberforce teammates. When a former Cyberdata scientist -- and test subject -- seeks revenge against the members of Cyberforce, only Velocity can save her friends before the clock literally runs out.

The first issue of the four-issue, limited series goes on sale on May 26th for $3.99.

Here's what writer Ron Marz told UGO about Velocity:

"I've been getting to use the supernatural side of the Top Cow Universe as my playground for a while now, so I jumped at the chance to write one of my favorites from the superhero/tech side. Plus, I've got a thing for redheads. I've also got a thing for Kenneth Rocafort, who I think is one of the brilliant artists working in comics right now. We're going to pay off Velocity's 'Pilot Season' win with a story that's got her literally running for her life, and the lives of her teammates."


Dread Central Takes A Look Inside Darkness: Shadows & Flame

Dread Central takes a look inside The Darkness: Shadows & Flame, which is out in stores now.

Go here to see more sneak peeks.

Source: Dread Central

Newsarama Best Shots Reviews Pilot Season: Demonic #1

Newsarama's Russ Burlingame reviews Pilot Season: Demonic #1 in Best Shots:

Pilot Season: Demonic #1 (Published by Top Cow; Review by Russ Burlingame): In spite of having a main character whose ethical code is somewhere south of Deadpool’s and who looks on the cover to be the love child of Edward Scissorhands and the dude from “Haunt” (conveniently, one of Kirkman’s 89 other monthly books), the concept of this title—that this guy will allow a demon to rule his life and will do anything for her in exchange for sparing him from having to kill his wife and daughter—is something that you kinda want to wonder why The Spectre never thought of two or three years ago. That said, it’s an interesting book that raises some interesting issues and while I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s smart, it’s certainly got a hook. The surprise on the last page is a long time coming, though, and I don’t feel particularly driven to see what happens next.

Read more comic book reviews here.

Source: Newsarama

GeekWeek Reviews Pilot Season: Demonic #1

GeekWeek's Iann Robinson took the time to review this week's in-store, Pilot Season: Demonic #1:

When Top Cow sent me a copy of their new Robert Kirkman penned, Joe Benitez drawn comic Demonic I was apprehensive to say the least. Then I cracked the book open and the good times started to roll! Demonic is a super violent, high paced action comic that is able to weave in a solid story that hooks you by the third page.

Art wise Joe Benitez knocks this one out of the park. Demonic reads more like a movie than a comic book and all of that falls on Benitez’s art. Everything from clothing to hair to capes seems to move in the panels and when put together with other panels Demonic begins to move with a living rhythm. Benitez also seems to understand how to use shadow to achieve depth as well as paying attention to the detail of faces so the emotion displayed on them is very real.

Read the full review here.

Source: GeekWeek

Twitter Report: Ron Marz Reacts to Apple's iPad Announcement

Twitter was ground zero on the Internet yesterday for reactions to the Apple iPad, which has dominated tweets in my feed for most of the last few days.

iPad pt. 1: @ronmarz Really? People got crazy arguing and ranting about some product that's not even out yet? And we're NOT talking about comics?
-Ron Marz, Writer ("Green Lantern," "Witchblade")

Source: MTV Splashpage

Comic Book Movie Chooses Their Witchblade Fancast Dream Pick

Comic Book Movie chooses their dream picks for the Witchblade film:

Risking her life to save her partner, homicide detective Sara Pezzini was chosen, by the Witchblade, to wield its power.

I have two picks. My favorite pick is Jessica Alba. I think Alba is getting better years after year.

A former partner to Sara Pezzini: Chris Hemworth

See the rest of the picks here.


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Graze Anatomy: Necromancer iPad

I giggled a little yesterday when I heard Apple describe the iPad as magical. So I thought it'd be appropriate to show Abby from Necromancer working some magic on the revolutionary device.
In all seriousness, I'll be in line to get one in March.


Newsarama Exclusive: Berserker #4

Newsarama has the exclusive preview pages to Berserker #4, and they've decided to share it with all you special readers.

Berserker #4
(W) Rick Loverd (A) Jeremy Haun (Cov) Dale Keown, Jeremy Haun

The bone-crushing new series produced by Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia and DiVide Pictures continues this month! Both Aaron and Farris have been courted, hunted and manipulated by Midgard and Asgaard since they manifested their powers. But have they been pushed too far? And what path have they chosen? Featuring variant covers by series artist Jeremy Haun (Battle for the Cowl: Arkham Asylum) and Dale Keown (The Darkness/Pitt).

Cover A – Dale Keown Cover B – Jeremy Haun

To see more pages, go here.

Source: Newsarama

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Dread Central Previews Pilot Season: Demonic #1

Dread Central has the first few pages of Pilot Season: Demonic #1 up on their site.

Comic writer Robert Kirkman is a busy guy. Along with his stellar ongoing Walking Dead series and the occasional issue of Marvel Zombies, he's got a new franchise blooming in Top Cow's Pilot Season. Pilot Season: Demonic about a vigilante known for savagely slaughtering the wicked.

The first issue just hit the market this week, and thanks to Top Cow we've got the storyline, a look at the cover, and a few panels for you to check out below (click each image to see more detail). The credits are as follows: written by Robert Kirkman, art by Joe Benitez, and cover by Marc Silvestri.

Find the rest of the preview pages here.

Source: Dread Central

The Core Burner Reviews Pilot Season: Demonic #1

The Core Burner reviews Kirkman, Silvestri and Benitez's Pilot Season: Demonic #1:

Yes Non-Believers it's that time of the year again, Pilot Season at Top Cow. Where we are given glimpses of comics that make us fall in love with them and then Top Cow, like a ruthless evil bitch, rips them away and never mentions again, um... or something in that manner.

The final pitch is Kirkman elaborating on the idea of Demonic, I found it severely interesting and one I would love to read more of.

Top Cow really has some of the better artists out there as witnessed in this book, Top Notch (pun intended) art, and now that they seem to be getting their claws deeper into Kirkmans flesh they will have one of the better writers too, unless of course this pilot season ends up like a dud like the previous one, did any of those get a book out of it?

Read the full review here.

Source: The Core Burner

Cosmic Book News Reviews Pilot Season: Demonic #1, Out This Week!

Cosmic Book News reviews Pilot Season: Demonic #1, which is out in stores this week:

I would vote for Demonic #1.

What’s that you ask?

This one is pretty gruesome, quite horrific and also damn good!

I found Kirkman’s concept here to be very intriguing. Right off the bat he sucks you in with this huge Demon trying to get this guy to kill his family.

As to be expected from Top Cow, the art was just gorgeous. I must say from what I have been reading from Top Cow, they do have the best art in the business. Everything they have been putting out has been top notch and its consistent, which is a plus in my book. We get that here with the team of Benitez, Llamas, Prianto and Peteri. The layouts, panels, colors make this for a great read.

Read the full review here.

Source: Cosmic Book News

Broken Frontier Offering Darkness/Pitt #1 For Free

Following the announcement of The Darkness/Pitt series going to trade, Broken Frontier is offering their readers the complete The Darkness/Pitt #1 to read on their site.

To read the first issue, go here.

Source: Broken Frontier

Jersey Journal Looks at Top Cow's Pilot Season

The Jersey Journal's William Kulesa takes a look at Top Cow's Pilot Season initiative:

In 2007 Top Cow Productions began an annual initiative known as "Pilot Season." Taking its name from television pilots, Top Cow's Pilot Season program encompasses the release of several books which readers will then be able to vote on, determining two titles which will go on to be published by the company.

Out of the five books, the title with the most impact is "Murderer." Coupled with the cover, which depicts a young man spreading his coat open to display various weapons and implements of violence, "Murderer" excels at the most basic marketing of itself.

To read the rest of the article, go here.


Meltdown Comics' "The Genius Pull" Pulls Tracker #2

(“Tracker” #2 of 5 Top Cow- $2.99)

“Tracker” is an interesting amalgam of the typical crime drama ala “C.S.I.” and “An American Werewolf in Paris.” With the still mind baffling crazy popularity of the latest “Twilight” movie, it should come as no surprise that werewolves are back in style even more than wearing Uggs in the middle of summer. Like a hairy Fred Dryer (Does anyone remember that show “Hunter?”) our hero, F.B.I. Agent Alex O’Roark, hunts down a serial killer with a penchant for disembowelment. O’Roark spends most of his time alienating himself from everyone and everything associated with his human life while trying to come to terms with the changes in his body he acquires from a near death encounter with a mongrel-like killer named Herod. The story has a real basis in science and not mysticism, which sets it nicely apart from the previously mentioned werewolf properties. Is it worthy of the mix? Well, the story plays out more like an episode of “Bones” than it does a Romero flick, so it’s definitely a ‘take it or leave it’ decision where only personal taste can dictate if this book has enough bloody gore for you or not.

To see the rest of the pulls from this week's Genius Pull, go here.

Source: Meltdown Comics Blog

Friends of the Cow: Mark Millar Announces "Nemesis" Benefit Auction

Official Press Release:

Have you ever imagined yourself as the star of a comic book? Award-winning writer Mark Millar is offering YOU that chance! Millar's upcoming comic book, "Nemesis" (illustrated by Millar's co-creator, best-selling artist Steven McNiven), is about the fight between America's smartest cop and the world's one and only super-villain. Who is that cop? Well, that's where you come in!

Dynamic Forces will be hosting an auction to name that cop, and the winner's name will be immortalized as the hero of the story! Best of all, all proceeds raised from this once-in-a-lifetime event will go directly into a special fund that will assist handicapped children.

"My older brother, Dr. Bobby Millar, works with these children every day and he explained to me what a difference it would make if they could get a new bus," Mark Millar explains. "Resources are tight at all schools and hospitals in the current economic climate, but we had a great success with the Kick-Ass auction and feel hopeful that comic-book readers will dig deep again and they can build towards this pretty hefty amount of cash they need for the vehicle. Steven and I have had an amazing run of luck with Civil War and Old Man Logan and we're hoping "Nemesis" will be similarly massive. To star as a comic-book hero is pretty cool and the intense movie-studio and production-company interest for "Nemesis" before the book even hits the stands should bode well that whoever wins this auction will get their name out there in many other media too, just like Dave Lizewski. I really hope people get behind this as the staff at the school do a terrific job and the kids would be delighted with this nice, new bus everyone has their eye on."

The auction goes live starting Monday, January 25, 2010, and can be found here

To read the full press release, go here.

Source: CBR

Indie Comic Book Noise Recommends Pilot Season: Murderer on their Podcast

Indie Comic Book Noise's Derek Coward recommends Pilot Season: Murderer #1 from Robert Kirkman, Marc Silvestri and Nelson Blake II.

To listen to the podcast, go here.

Source: Indie Comic Book News

Indie Street Radio Reviews Fusion


Crossovers. Let’s talk about ‘em.
Me? I’m not usually a fan. Sure, I like Marvel a lot. Yeah, I’ve been getting into Top Cow with these reviews. Put the two together, you’d expect a sure-fire hit, right? Meh. Post Marvel Civil War drama combined with obscure baddies from Wolverine and the addition of a (literally) giant Venom just feel forced in this three-part arc. I’ll admit, I did get a kick out of reviewing a pseudo-Marvel release for Indie Street, but my overall feeling is that Image, Marvel and Top Cow should just stick to themselves. Screw comradeship.

What To Listen To While Reading This Book
Your Old 7“s

Source: Indie Street Radio

Cosmic Book News Reviews Witchblade #134. Out in Stores Today!

In issue #134, Det. Sara Pezzini, the bearer of the Witchblade gauntlet, is on the hunt for a green-haired cyborg assassin (she looks like a cross between something from "Jem and the Holograms" and the movie "Robocop"). While she is hunting the assassin, called Aphrodite IV, she runs across Argent, from Top Cow's "Hunter Killer" series, and there are even touches of the recent Cyber Force Hunter Killer mini-series, not to mention plot points from the Angelus series.

Simply, if you are not getting either Witchblade or Angelus, you are missing out on some amazing stories!

They are more than worth the cover price.

Read the full review here.

Source: Cosmic Book News

CBR: Robert Kirkman Discusses Image United: Interlude

In March, Robert Kirkman — the author of "Image United" alongside illustrators and Image Comics founders Erik Larsen, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino — will provide the proper "Image United" series with a month long reprieve. In its place is "Image United: Interlude" #1, a special one-shot issue that focuses on the surrounding heroes of the Image Universe that weren't created by Image's founders and haven't been seen in "Image United" yet. In other words, it's a way for the universe's other characters to get involved in the company's biggest crossover event to date.

Read the full article here.

Source: CBR

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Graze Anatomy: The Darkness

It's been a couple of busy days so here's a quickie sketch of Jackie in his full Darkness gear. The mask is inspired by Michael Broussard's take on Jackie's armor. The latest Darkness issue by Michael, Rick Basaldua, and Arif Prianto is some of the best to date!

Comic Book Movie Reports The Darkness Has A Producer and Actor

Comic Book Movie is reporting, by way of ComicVine, that The Darkness film has found a producer and actor:

'The Darkness' spin-off character Magdalena could make it to theaters before the Top Cow series' title anti-hero does, but the company has some talent and Hollywood-based backing helping their character out behind the scenes. Right now that help consists of at least one unnamed actor, more than one writer, and a producer who currently has Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and The Wolfman on his plate.

Source: Comic Book Movie

Twitter Report: Whilce Portacio Forgoes Some Sleep for Darkness Cover

@WhilcePortacio Just put five pages of Uncanny X-Men and one pencil and inked Darkness cover in the last twenty four hours...time for sleep...sleeeeeeeeeeep
-Whilce Portacio, Artist ("Wetworks," "X-Factor")

Source: MTV Splash Page

CBR Exclusive Preview: Pilot Season: Demonic #1

CBR has the exclusive first look at Pilot Season: Demonic #1, which arrives in stores tomorrow!

Go to CBR to check out the rest of the preview pages.

Source: CBR

CBR Reviews Darkness: Shadows & Flame

CBR takes a look at Darkness: Shadows & Flame, currently in stores:

For fans of short horror stories, “The Darkness: Shadows & Flame” #1 is the book you possibly overlooked this week that warrants some attention, as Rob Levin crafts a creepy story about a man, Salvador Gomes, tortured by the deaths of his wife and child in 1897 New England. He now seeks the Shadow God to send him back in time to repair his failure to save them. A man named Teo tries to warn him off his insane quest, urging him to accept what has happened and move on as best he can.

Levin draws upon a specific Lovecraftian influence that’s reflected well in Jorge Lucas’s art. His detailed renderings of the Shadow God’s display just stopped me dead as I looked them over. Lucas has always proven himself a talented artist, but never in this vein.

It is nonetheless a well-crafted issue and something for horror fans to keep their eyes out for.

Read the full review here.

Source: CBR

Quarter Bin Reviews Witchblade #134

Witchblade #134 hits stores tomorrow, and Quarter Bin has done an advanced review on the title:

Once again the super team of Ron Marz and Stjepan Sejic do a great job bringing this series to life. I really can’t imagine liking this series as much as I do if they weren’t working on it. Since this is the first issue in a three-issue story arc, there wasn’t a ton of action, but I think that will change right away when the next one comes out.

Witchblade #134 will be in comic shops this Wednesday, January 27. Since it’s the start of a new storyline, it makes a good jumping on point for new readers.

Read the entire review here.

Source: Quarter Bin

Monday, January 25, 2010

Project Fanboy Advanced Review: Witchblade #134

Title: Witchblade #134

A cybernetic assassin is on the loose and the only clue Witchblade Sara Pezzini has is some large caliber bullet shells. Much like James Cameron, writer Ron Marz populates Witchblade with some high action tough women. His characters call back to the likes of Ellen Ripley and Sarah Connor, and even though objectively nothing much happens in this issue, it moves forward at a good pace.

He cuts back and forth between a couple of plot lines but never losses sight of his characters or there motivations. He has the ability to fill his pages with quite a bit of talking, but it never becomes a chore to read and always adds to the depth of the book. He writes a very interesting world of high tech cyber intrigue with mysterious characters and mysterious motivations. This is issue is set up...but somehow it is very satisfying and filling.

The art duties are all taken care of by Stjepan Sejic and in his capable hands this book is great looking. His page layouts are clean and simple but have room and touches of experimentation with panel layouts. His most effective attribute is his coloring style. Everything in this book really pops, its bright and vibrant and the color pallet is all over the place in a good way.

It's a simple set up issue but it's done really well and the writer and artist come together to make what is basically exposition really filling.

Source: Project Fanboy

Filip Sablik Talks Top Cow Universe with Comics Continumm

During The Continuum's visit to Top Cow Productions last week, Filip Sablik detailed the publisher's plans for 2010.

The Top Cow Universe titles will be pointing to the summer event Artifacts, Sablik, said.

To view Kate Jewell's interview with Sablik, CLICK HERE.

Source: Comics Continuum

Dynamic Forces Reviews Pilot Season: Demonic #1

Dynamic Forces' Damian Smith reviews the first installment in the 2009 Pilot Season: Pilot Season: Murderer #1.

Writer Robert Kirkman
Artist Nelson Blake II
Inks: Sal Regla
Colourist Dave McCaig
Covers Mark Silvestri (Cover A and B) and Sunny Gho of IFS (Cover A)
Letters: Troy Peteri
Reviewer Damian Smith

Murderer introduces Jason Sparks who as we find out from the first 2 pages can hear the thoughts of those around him from the moment he wakes. From the look of his reaction to it happening it seems that it is something he can not control and if you think about it, how would you control being bombarded with other people’s thoughts all day long?

Hearing other people’s thoughts is what is driving him to what he does. From thoughts as his grandmother thinking he’s a dead beat who drove his father to his grave to the everyday thoughts of people wanting to postpone meetings and finally to the violent thoughts of those looking to do some harm.

Overall I really enjoyed this issue. I have been reading a lot of oversized comics of late and getting back to a 22 page comic was a welcome change. The story flowed really well from panel to panel and Nelson’s art was able to draw, pun intended, the eyes to what he wanted to see be it a character in the foreground or what he is doing to someone while he is seeing their thoughts.

This is a book that has be intrigued to see where it can go after this, if we will have Jason running from the law going from city to city or what can come of it.

Rating: 8/10

To read the entire review, visit here.

Source: Dynamic Forces

CBR: Angelus #3 Guest Stars the Darkness

Top Cow's Official Press Release:

Top Cow Productions, Inc. proudly announced today the March 17, 2010 release of Angelus #3, guest-starring The Darkness.

Featuring the series’ critically acclaimed duo of writer Ron Marz and artist Stjepan Sejic, the 32-page Angelus #3 addresses the long-established relationship between the Angelus and the Darkness, who have been diametrically opposed since the beginning of time. Once confronted by sometimes ally Jackie Estacado, bearer of the Darkness, in the midst of Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Danielle Baptiste, the newest bearer of the Angelus, will see if she can choose her own path.

“Dani already knows that Jackie Estacado is a good friend to have,” said Marz. “She’s about to learn he’s a much worse enemy to have. The Angelus and the Darkness are eternal opposites, eternal enemies. Jackie’s not the sort to let friendship stand in the way of business, and letting the Angelus live is bad business.”

The series follows the origin of the newest bearer of The Angelus, the primal force of Light in the Top Cow Universe, Dani as she struggles to rectify the Artifact she embodies with her private life. Dani attempts to find solace in her hometown of New Orleans and has brought her friend/romantic interest Finch with her, but forces around her may conspire against the fledgling Angelus bearer. The series also serves as a lead in to next year’s Artifacts event series.

Angelus #3 will carry a cover price of $2.99.

Source: CBR

CBR: Kirkman and Silvestri's Demonic Enters Pilot Season

CBR News' Josh Wigler explores the hell out of the topic of when is murder justifiable with Pilot Season's Robert Kirkman and Marc Silvestri.

"'Demonic' is about a guy who has superpowers that may or may not be derived from demonic origins," Kirkman told CBR of the book's premise. "The basic thought is if someone were to have superpowers and not know exactly how they got them, it's entirely possible that the stress of having those superpowers could fracture that guy's personality to the point where he invents some kind of false outside stimulus that gives him a reason for his powers to exist. Basically, he has a demon that comes to him every night that tries to talk him into killing his wife and daughter. In order to not have to kill his wife and daughter, he has to go out and fill her quota for souls so that she's fed and doesn't require him to kill his family."

To say that there's no love lost between Scott and the demon that tortures him is a massive understatement. "He hates the thing and is constantly lashing out at it," said Kirkman. "He's put through quite a bit of turmoil, because he's always seeing this demon. It appears to him during the day, always taunting him, so he's living under a lot of stress. But it's left open whether or not what he's seeing is actually real."

To read the rest of the interview with Kirkman and Silvestri, go here.

Source: CBR Reviews The Darkness: Shadows & Flame took a look at the recently in stores The Darkness: Shadows & Flame by Rob Levin and Jorge Lucas:

The folks at Top Cow have been doing a lot to try to lure new readers and lapsed fans back into the fold. They have been tying up dangling subplots in their comics in preparation for fans jumping (back) on board. They have been offering trade paperbacks at the introductory price of $9.99.Finally, they have been releasing the occasional one-shot like this one, a tale of one of the previous bearers of the Darkness in the late 19th century.

I will mention one other thing that I enjoyed about this issue: Top Cow’s willingness to draw attention to the creators rather than the characters. There’s a page that tells you what the writer and artist’s next projects are, so you can follow their work if you enjoy it. Plus, there’s a text piece about Lovecraft himself, as well as recommendations about which stories of his to start with. Encouraging comics fans to read more classic literature deserves a shout out, so good on Top Cow for that.

So to sum up: if you like ghost stories, or if you read comics primarily for the art, then this is worth a look.

To read the rest of the review, visit here.


Comic Box Reviews Witchblade #134 (in French)

For the Francophones, Comic Box has done an advanced review of Witchblade #134 en français, naturellement:

Witchblade #134 [Top Cow]
Scénario de Ron Marz
Dessin de Stjepan Sejic
Sortie aux USA le mercredi 27 janvier 2010

« Almost Human » semble être destiné à permettre à Witchblade d’explorer plus avant le côté « techno » de l’univers Top Cow, ce dernier étant d’habitude un tantinet bicéphale. En générale les séries « gothiques » (Darkness, Witchblade, Angelus…) ne mentionnent l’autre pole, celui lui à Cyberforce, que du bout des lèvres. Ici, cette séparation ne tient plus et on trouve en l’espace de quelques pages des mentions de Cyberdata ou même de Hunter-Killer. Bref, Ron Marz tire pleinement partie de l’univers créé par Marc Silvestri et ce n’est pas plus mal (sans parler que cela permet de se changer les idées après de nombreux mois où les menaces mystiques ont dominé la série). Au dessin Stjepan Sejic reste égal à lui même, avec le souci, toujours, de rendre ses textures de plus en plus réaliste. Sur certaines pages cela peut faire un peu diversion car à force de représenter avec le souci du détail des chevelures vaporeuses ou des fourrures, l’effet final parait parfois comme « flouté ». Reste que Ron Marz dirige une nouvelle fois son navire de façon intéressante, refusant de limiter son titre à une seule région de Top Cow et construisant ainsi un vrai contexte partagé, qui restait très théorique jusqu’à ces dernières années.

To read the rest, go here.

Source: Comic Box

Friday, January 22, 2010

New Age Comics Comments on Top Cow's 2010 April Solicits

Earlier this week, Top Cow released their April 2010 solicitations. New Age Comics took the time to browse through the list and offer their thoughts on the titles:

Magdalena #1: With an awesome team like this it’s hard to resist this upcoming series. Still I’m not a big fan of the series and I can’t really afford to add a new ongoing right now so for now I’m going to be passing on this, but it sounds cool.

To read the rest of the commentary, go here.

Source: New Age Comics

Quarter Bin Reviews Darkness: Shadows & Flames

The Quarter Bin took at look at Rob Levin and Jorge Lucas' Darkness: Shadows & Flame one-shot, and here are a few things they had to say:

What’s interesting about the major powers in the Top Cow universe, and in this case specifically the Darkness, is that they have been around for centuries, millennia, presumably even longer. That means there’s a rich history just waiting to be explored, which occasionally happens in the form of a mini-series or one-shot. Such is the case with The Darkness: Shadows and Flame, a Lovecraft-inspired tale set in 1897.

The Darkness: Shadows and Flame is an interesting look at the Top Cow U’s past, giving just a glimpse of who the Darkness used to be, decades before Jackie Estacado would wield that power. If you’re a fan of Estacado’s adventures, then pick up this one-shot, which is in stores now.

To read the rest of the article, go here.

Source: Quarter Bin

Wizard Magazine Picks Felon As Their Back-Issue Gem

In the March 2010 issue of Wizard Magazine, Mark Allen Haverty recommends six back-issue gems readers should add to their collection.

Greg Rucka and Matthew Clark's Felon makes the list.

Source: Wizard Magazine March 2010 issue

CBR: Tommy Lee Edwards Opens Pandora's Box

Tommy Lee Edwards is a busy man. Aside from recently wrapping a stint doing design work for the hit film "The Book of Eli" and gearing up to launch the Image Comics series "TURF" with British TV host Jonathan Ross, Edwards contributes covers for Top Cow's February-launching "Broken Trinity: Pandora's Box" series, co-written by Rob Levin and Bryan Edward Hill with art from Alessandro Vitti. Amazingly, he also had time to share with CBR exactly how he's getting his artistic ideas together with this special step-by-step look inside the process for the first two "Pandora's Box" covers.

To read the rest of Edwards' design process, go here.

Source: CBR

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Graze Anatomy: Scared Hope

What's the matter, Hope? Is something bad coming? Find out more in 2010.

The Weekly Crisis Ponders Image Firsts

In another edition of The Weekly Crisis' Kirk's Soapbox--A Collection of Random Thoughts, Kirk focuses on Image's new Image Firsts initiative.

Image Comics got in on the $1 comics action recently with the announcement of Image Firsts. I'm not going to get all negative on them for reaching out to new readers with affordable comics and actually commend them for jumping on the bandwagon DC started with the After Watchmen promotion (Vertigo also does the occasional $1 first issue for new series), but some of the choices for issues to spotlight left me a bit confused.

The choices of Spawn, Savage Dragon, Witchblade and Youngblood leave me a little confused. These are titles that have been going on for years and have seen significant changes in that time.

For example, Witchblade, as guest poster Mike Panetta pointed out, has changed drastically in style and tone since Ron Marz took over. They are even promoting the new run with free trades with any purchase at Why not spotlight Marz's first issue, Witchblade #80, or more recent story arcs? If I pick up Witchblade #1 for a $1, where do I go from there? Witchblade Vol 1: Witch Hunt, as the trade is listed on, is actually Ron Marz's first arc on the title. You'd have to pick up the Witchblade Compendium, which contains the first 50 issues, to find more of the same as the Witchblade #1 issue you just bought.

Source: The Weekly Crisis