Top Cow has released cover images and solicitation information for titles shipping this May. I’ve been blown away by Paul Dini’s work on Detective Comics, now Top Cow has snagged him to write a brand new series – Madame Mirage. I’m sure the story will rock, but a big bonus is the art by Kenneth Rocafort. Plus there is another installment of Witchblade Manga coming this month as well.

Madame_Mirage_1_Rocafort_Cv.jpgMadame Mirage #1
(W) Paul Dini
(A) Kenneth Rocafort
(Cov) Greg Horn, Rocafort
Superstar writer Paul Dini (DETECTIVE COMICS, LOST) makes an explosive return to Top Cow in 2007 when he brings brand new character Madame Mirage to the Top Cow!

But who is this beautiful woman who appears out of the mist? As deadly as she is beautiful, she is cutting a bloody path through the city’s villains, who now wear suits and have “legitimate” businesses. But who is her ultimate prey? And how does this Mirage take form? And why is her destiny and that of her sidekick Harper so irrevocably entwined? These and many other questions will be asked along with the most pivotal question of all – Who is Madame Mirage?

Dini weaves a tale of murder, intrigue and revenge in a world of high-tech espionage and treachery. Joining Dini is rising artistic star, Kenneth Rocafort (HUNTER-KILLER) with his atmospheric and kinetic style. The first issue features two covers by sensual cover artist Greg Horn (SUPERMAN RETURNS, SHE-HULK) as well as a stunning cover by series artist Rocafort. Madame Mirage – you’ll never forget her… if you can make her acquaintance and live to tell the tale…
Oversized first issue featuring bonus additional pages of story and art!

Cover A) Greg Horn
Cover B) Kenneth Rocafort

Full Color 32 pages $2.99 continuing series

Madame Mirage Greg Horn litho
(Art by) Greg Horn

Bring the beautiful cover image from Madame Mirage #1 by the inimitable Greg Horn home as a limited edition lithograph of 500 pieces reproduced at the highest quality possible at 12X18 inches!

Limited Edition Lithograph $29.99

DK_lvl_5_Choi.jpgDK_lvl_5_Keown.jpgThe Darkness: Level 5
(W) Paul Jenkins and David Wohl
(P) Mike Choi
(C) Sonia Oback
(Cov) Keown, Choi

THE DARKNESS Level series comes to a thundering conclusion! In this finale issue, Jackie accepts his birthright and the true power of The Darkness is revealed. Don’t miss the climactic battle between Jackie and his Uncle Paulie. Paulie murdered the woman Jackie loved and now Jackie is back to exact revenge as only the bearer of The Darkness can!

This special series, brought to you by THE DARKNESS video game/comic scribe Paul Jenkins and THE DARKNESS co-creator David Wohl, parallels the levels of the much anticipated video game by 2K Games, while bringing you original stories that show you a side of THE DARKNESS you’ve never seen. Joining Jenkins and Wohl, is the red hot art team of Michael Choi and colorist Sonia Oback fresh off their triumphant Marvel series X-23: TARGET X! These stand-alone stories can be enjoyed without the video game, but add a new level to the playing experience!

Cover A) Dale Keown
Cover B) Mike Choi

Full Color 32 pages $2.99

The Darkness Statue
(Sculptor) Dave Cortes
(Painter) Eddie Wires

Tying in with this month’s video game release from 2K and continuing THE DARKNESS 10th Anniversary celebration, Top Cow Productions is proud to present the release of THE DARKNESS STATUE. Jackie Estacado is captured in 3-D for the die hard collector. Quantities are limited and allocations may occur, don’t miss out!

Statue $199.99

WB_108_Bachalo.jpgWitchblade #108
(W) Ron Marz
(A) Adriana Melo
(Cov) Chris Bachalo

Dani returns to New York from her surreal adventures in New Orleans and immediately seeks out Sara Pezzini, the previous bearer of the Witchblade. Meanwhile Sara has her own problems to deal with as her pregnancy begins to show and she must come clean with her commanding officer about the situation. Things get even more complicated when a foe previously thought dead returns to exact her revenge on Sara!

Full Color 32 pages $2.99

WB_Manga_4.jpgWitchblade Takeru Manga #4
(W) Yasuko Kobayashi
(A) Kazasa Sumita
(C) Blond
(Cov) Sumita

Top Cow Productions and Bandai Entertainment proudly present a wholly unique interpretation of the WITCHBLADE mythos in this authentic manga. Takeru is an average schoolgirl being raised in a Buddhist monastery by a group of nuns. Average except for the mysterious demonic claw locked deep within the monastery which Takeru is irresistibly drawn to!

In this issue Takeru and Kuo reconcile and begin researching the lore surrounding the “Demon Claw”, the Witchblade. Their research is cut short when they encounter Kira, a powerful demon warrior! Originally serialized in Japan’s popular magazine, CHAMPION RED and written by WITCHBLADE ANIME head writer, Yasuko Kobayashi, this uniquely Japanese tale is collected for the first time in standard comic format and in glorious full color.

Full Color 32 pages $2.99 continuing series

fresh6.jpgFRESHMEN II #6
“Fundamentals of Fear x153: The Enemy Within” pt. 6
(W) Hugh Sterbakov
(P) Will Conrad
(Col) Blond
(Cov) Conrad, Migliari

The team is torn apart by jealousy, and the distraction is just enough to allow a new, deadly threat to rise from the ashes of a fallen enemy. The result will be catastrophic—nothing will ever be the same again (really!) as the non-stop “Fundamentals of Fear” careens toward its jaw-dropping conclusion. We’re serious! In fact, tape your jaw up before you even pick this book up, or we won’t be responsible!

Co-created by the self-deprecating Seth Green and written by the star of BUFFY, AUSTIN POWERS, ROBOT CHICKEN and Seth’s dreams, Hugh Sterbakov!

Cover A) Will Conrad
Cover B) Rodolfo Migliari (Part 6 of a six-part cover)

Full Color 32 pages $3.99 continuing series

Best_Silvestri_TPB.jpgTop Cow’s Best: Marc Silvestri Trade Paperback
(W) Various
(P) Marc Silvestri
(Cov) Silvestri

The Head of the Herd himself is featured in this trade collection which is sure to be a treasured collection for years to come. Marc Silvestri is a legend in the comic industry, with a career which spans from his early days on CONAN THE BARBARIAN to his breakout success on THE UNCANNY X-MEN to the co-founding of Image Comics and the establishment of Top Cow Productions. His imagination and elegant line work has generated such mainstays as WITCHBLADE, THE DARKNESS, and HUNTER-KILLER. This hefty trade provides diehard and new fans alike with a sampling of Marc’s absolute best work from the Top Cow era.

Full Color 240 pages $24.99 trade paperback

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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