Top Cow has sent Major Spoilers the cover images and solicitation information for titles shipping in July 2007. This is the month the Witchblade event First Born kicks off and we get another edition of Paul Dini’s Madame Mirage.

FB1_COV.jpgFirst Born #1 (of 3)
(W) Ron Marz
(A) Stjepan Sejic
(Cov) Marc Silvestri, Stjepan Sejic

The most important story to ever hit the Top Cow Universe arrives in July!
Witchblade writer Ron Marz (ION, SAMURAI: HEAVEN & EARTH) pairs with Croatian painting sensation Stjepan Sejic (THE DARKNESS: LEVEL 1, WITCHBLADE) as Sara Pezzini, on leave from the NYPD, awaits the arrival of her child. But unknown to her, epic events are unfolding. Agents of the Angelus are seeking a new host, but first they want mob boss Jackie Estacado out of the way… permanently. The cold war between Dark and Light is heating up and the stage for the next incredible year is set here!
FIRST BORN #1 features covers by Marc Silvestri and a stunning tri-fold variant by Sejic.

Cover A) Marc Silvestri
Cover B) Stjepan Sejic

Full Color 32 pages $3.99 Limited Series

First Born #1 CGC Graded Edition
(W) Ron Marz
(A) Stjepan Sejic

For the diehard member of the Herd, looking to capture a pristine copy of the inaugural issue of Top Cow’s ground breaking summer event for their collection.

CGC Graded 9.8 – $69.99

First Born #1 Stjepan Sejic litho
(Art by) Stjepan Sejic

Bring the beautiful painted image from FIRST BORN #1 by Top Cow exclusive artist Stjepan Sejic home as a limited edition lithograph of 500 pieces reproduced at the highest quality possible at 11X17 inches! Each lithograph will ship in a clear protective sleeve.

Limited Edition Lithograph $29.99

WB110000COV.jpgWitchblade #110
(W) Ron Marz
(P) Matt Haley
(I) Kevin Nowlan
(Cov) Mike Mayhew, Matt Haley

A tie-in to the epic First Born summer event! Rookie Witchblade bearer Dani Baptiste is unprepared as servants of the Angelus are closing in on her. But there’s no reason not to trust the good guys, right? This issue will provide fans with a fuller reading experience and lead directly into next month’s FIRST BORN #2!
Long time scribe Ron Marz (ION, SAMURAI: HEAVEN AND EARTH) is joined in the first of three very special FIRST BORN tie-in issues by the unstoppable art team of Matt Haley (SUPERMAN RETURNS, WHO WANTS TO BE A SUPERHERO?), Kevin Nowlan (BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE, SUPERMAN v. ALIENS) and cover artist Mike Mayhew (VAMPIRELLA, THE PULSE).

Cover A) Mike Mayhew
Cover B) Matt Haley

Full Color 32 pages $2.99 continuing series

Witchblade #110 Mike Mayhew litho
(Art by) Mike Mayhew

Bring the iconic cover image from Witchblade #110 by Mike Mayhew home as a limited edition lithograph of 500 pieces reproduced at the highest quality possible at 11X17 inches! Each lithograph will ship in a clear protective sleeve.

Limited Edition Lithograph $29.99

MM3_COV copy.jpgMadame Mirage #3
(W) Paul Dini
(A) Kenneth Rocafort
(Cov) Rocafort

Award-winning writer Paul Dini (DC’s 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

Madame Mirage Poster
Art by Kenneth Rocafort

Capture Madame Mirage while you can in this 24” x 36” full color poster. Perfect for framing or hanging immediately unframed, Kenneth Rocafort’s sultry cover for Madame Mirage #1 is an attention grabber!

Poster (Please Inquire With Retailer for Pricing)

WBT_6_Sumita.jpgWitchblade Takeru Manga #6
(W) Yasuko Kobayashi
(A) Kazasa Sumita
(C) Blond
(Cov) Sumita, Mack

The battle between the demon Kira and Takeru rages on in this issue! With Kuo trapped by Kira, Takeru is distracted. Will Takeru be able to turn the tide of the fight to ensure her and Kuo’s survival? And how much of herself will she need to give over to the Witchblade to do so? Originally serialized in Japan’s popular magazine, CHAMPION RED and written by WITCHBLADE ANIME head writer, Yasuko Kobayashi, this issue also features a second beautiful alternate cover by artist David Mack (KABUKI: ALCHEMY, DAREDEVIL).

Cover A) Kazasa Sumita
Cover B) David Mack

Full Color 32 pages $3.99 continuing series

Witchblade Takeru Manga #1 New York Comicon Exclusive Variant
(W) Yasuko Kobayashi
(A) Kazasa Sumita
(C) Blond
(Cov) Marc Silvestri

The smash success first issue of Witchblade Takeru Manga is available as a limited edition black & white variant cover by Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri. Limited to 1000 copies, allocations may occur.

Full Color 40 pages $10.00 continuing series

DKNVL001_cover_mockup.jpgThe Darkness Volume 1 Novel
(W) Kerri Hawkins

Jackie Estacado and The Darkness enter a whole new world with their first short form prose novel! In this inaugural foray into the world of written fiction, readers will get a taste of Jackie’s life within the mob and delve deeper than ever before into the horror and thrill of being the bearer of The Darkness.
Written by novelist Kerri Hawkins (BLOOD LEGACY) this first novel will offer up a perfect mixture of crime fiction and horror in a brutal, gritty tone.

Novel 150 pages $6.99

The Darkness New York Comicon Limited Edition Baseball T-Shirt
Art by Marc Silvestri & Stjepan Sejic

This fashionable 3/4 length sleeve baseball t-shirt debuted as a New York Comicon 2007 exclusive and limited to only 500 copies. The 5.6 oz., 100% preshrunk heavyweight cotton with contrasting raglan sleeves is ideal for cool and warm weather alike. Each shirt will ship individually folded and bagged.

T-Shirt (SM-XL) $29.99

Endgame Volume 1 Trade Paperback
(W) John Ney Reiber, David Wohl
(P) Michael Turner, Francis Manapul, Marc Silvestri

The pulse pounding crossover event is finally collected! Sara Pezzini, the New York City detective and bearer of the mystical Witchblade, investigates a series of mysterious deaths which lead her to encounter a force called “The Weave”. She brings in her friend and cohort, the Tomb Raider, Lara Croft. But things go horribly wrong and soon Sara’s hand is forced against Lara leading to the Death of the Tomb Raider!
Written by the team of John Ney Rieber (BOOKS OF MAGIC, G.I. JOE: REBORN) and David Wohl (WITCHBLADE, THE DARKNESS: LEVELS) and featuring art by such superstar artist as Francis Manapul (THE NECROMANCER, IRON & THE MAIDEN), Michael Turner (CIVIL WAR, SUPERMAN/BATMAN), and Marc Silvestri (CIVIL WAR: THE INITIATIVE, HUNTER-KILLER). Collects Tomb Raider #25, Witchblade #60, Evo #1, and the Endgame Prelude issue along with additional bonus material leading into and out of this classic crossover.

Full Color 160 pages $16.99 trade paperback


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