Top Cow has released the cover images and solicitation information for titles shipping in August 2007. August kicks off a new promotion campaign from Top Cow called Pilot Season 2007.

This Fall, Top Cow is launching 7 Pilot Issues starring fan favorite characters currently without a series. After all 7 issues have been released, fans will be able to VOTE online and pick 2 characters to get greenlit for their own all-new series in 2008. It’s up to you!

Take the jump to discover the first pilot out of the gate, plus a whole lotta comics.

first-born2.jpgFirst Born #2 (of 3)
(W) Ron Marz
(A) Stjepan Sejic
(Cov) Marc Silvestri, Stjepan Sejic

First Born goes into overdrive as the delicate truce between the forces of Dark and Light breaks down and Sara Pezzini and Patrick Gleason are caught in the middle! The Darkness and the Angelus throw down in the ultimate melee and the true nature of Sara’s pregnancy is revealed. Writer Ron Marz (ION, SAMURAI: HEAVEN & EARTH) and digital painter Stjepan Sejic (THE DARKNESS: LEVEL 1, WITCHBLADE) deliver the second arc of Top Cow’s epic three issue series that sets the stage for the next incredible year!

FIRST BORN #2 features covers by Marc Silvestri and series artist Stjepan Sejic.
Cover A) Marc Silvestri
Cover B) Stjepan Sejic

Full Color 32 pages $2.99 Limited Series

First Born #2 Stjepan Sejic litho
(Art by) Stjepan Sejic

Bring the beautiful painted image from FIRST BORN #2 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

WB111.jpgWitchblade #111
(W) Ron Marz
(P) Steve Sadowski
(I) Kevin Nowlan
(Cov) Mike Mayhew

FIRST BORN tie-in issue! Patience, the current Magdalena is suddenly drawn into the events of FIRST BORN as Sara Pezzini and new Witchblade bearer Dani Baptiste struggle to survive the battle. This issue will provide fans with a fuller reading experience and lead directly into next month’s FIRST BORN #3!

Long time scribe Ron Marz (ION, SAMURAI: HEAVEN AND EARTH) is joined in the second of three very special FIRST BORN tie-in issues by the unstoppable art team of Steve Sadowski (JSA, RED SONJA ANNUAL), Kevin Nowlan (BATMAN: BLACK & WHITE, SUPERMAN v. ALIENS) and cover artist Mike Mayhew (VAMPIRELLA, THE PULSE).

Full Color 32 pages $2.99 continuing series

Hunter-Killer #12 Wizard World Los Angeles Exclusive Variant
(W) Mark Waid
(A) Kenneth Rocafort
(C) Blond
(Cov) Marc Silvestri

Previously only available to fans at the Wizard World Los Angeles convention, Top Cow is proud to offer a limited edition variant cover by Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri. Limited to 500 copies, allocations may occur.

Full Color 32 pages $10.00 continuing series

Ripclaw_01_cov.jpgRipclaw Pilot Season #1
(W) Jason Aaron
(A)Jorge Lucas
(Cov) Tony Moore

Eisner nominated writer Jason Aaron (SCALPED, THE OTHER SIDE) joins up with artist Jorge Lucas (INCREDIBLE HULK, ANNIHILATION: RONAN) to unleash Top Cow’s resident badass in the first of eight special one-shots published under the Pilot Season 2007 initiative. The killer team is joined by intense cover artist Tony Moore (THE WALKING DEAD, EXTERMINATORS).

To kill the Yakuza kingpin called Boss Yamamoto, you’d have to fight your way through level after deadly level of his secret fortress, past an army of gun-toting thugs and sword-wielding assassins. No one has ever been foolish enough to try. Enter Ripclaw. The fan-favorite character returns to the spotlight as dangerous as ever and fighting as if hell is at is his back.

Full Color 32 pages $2.99 pilot issue

Ripclaw Pilot Season CGC Graded Edition
(W) Jason Aaron
(A) Jorge Lucas
(Cov) Tony Moore

For the diehard member of the Herd, looking to capture a pristine copy of the inaugural issue of Top Cow’s Pilot Season 2007 event for their collection.

CGC Graded 9.8 – $69.99

WJ007sumita.jpgwbmanga7davidmack.jpgWitchblade Takeru Manga #7
(W) Yasuko Kobayashi
(A) Kazasa Sumita
(C) Blond
(Cov) Sumita, Mack

Takeru, the wielder of the demon blade, and the demon Kira fight to determine the fate of her love. How much of her humanity can Takeru maintain if she hopes to defeat the demon and save Kuo? And will Kuo’s hand be forced if Takeru does become a demon? The questions are answered here! 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 #2 Wizard World Los Angeles Exclusive Variant
(W) Yasuko Kobayashi
(A) Kazasa Sumita
(C) Blond
(Cov) Tyler Kirkham

The smash success second issue of Witchblade Takeru Manga is available as a limited edition black & white variant cover by Top Cow exclusive artist Tyler Kirkham. Limited to 1000 copies, allocations may occur.

Full Color 32 pages $10.00 continuing series

dark-sector-cover-so-far-2.jpgDark Sector Zero
(W) David Wohl
(A) Bill Sienkiewicz
(Cov) Bill Sienkiewicz

Created by acclaimed developer Digital Extremes, Dark Sector is a new and original action-thriller video game designed exclusively for next generation systems. Enter the world of Hayden Tenno, a black ops agent sent on a dangerous assassination mission into Lasria, an Eastern European city that hides a deadly Cold War secret. Attacked by an unknown enemy, he awakens to find part of his body altered by an infection that has granted him inhuman abilities. Now, Hayden must learn to evolve along with his powers, to survive and to become a hero.

Written by acclaimed creator David Wohl (WITCHBLADE, APHRODITE IX) and illustrated by living legend Bill Sienkiewicz (ELEKTRA: ASSASSIN, MOON KNIGHT), this special prequel to the hit game provides an unseen look into Lasria’s secrets and the beginning of Hayden’s transformation from man to… something more.

Visit DarkSector.com for more information!

One Shot 32 pages $2.99

DKLVL_cover_mockup.jpgThe Darkness Levels Trade Paperback
(W) Paul Jenkins, David Wohl
(A) Mattias Snygg, Stjepan Sejic, Tyler Kirkham, Eric Basaldua, Patrick Blaine, Mike Choi

Based on smash hit THE DARKNESS VIDEO GAME from 2K Games and Starbreeze, this trade paperback captures the intensity and horror of the game while expanding The Darkness Universe for both players of the game and readers of the comic! All six self-contained, unique stories from THE DARKNESS LEVEL 0-5 is collected here!

Co-written by video game writer Paul Jenkins (CIVIL WAR: THE INITIATIVE, WOLVERINE: ORIGIN) and co-creator David Wohl (WITCHBLADE, APHRODITE IX) with art by Top Cow’s finest artists this is a is a must have for all fans of the video game and The Darkness!

Novel 176 pages $14.99

RSTPB005_cover_mockup.jpgRising Stars Volume 5 Untouchable Visitations Trade Paperback
(W) J. Michael Straczynski, Fiona Avery
(A) Gary Frank, Brent Anderson, Keu Cha

The RISING STARS legend is expanded and enriched by the previously untold tales of The Pederson Specials collected within this essential trade paperback volume.

This volume collects RISING STARS: UNTOUCHABLE #1-6 and the RISING STARS: VISITATIONS collection, which includes RISING STARS PRELUDE, issues #0, #1/2 and “A Lost Tale of the Specials” into one massive trade! Featuring stories by creator J. Michael Straczynski (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, FANTASTIC FOUR) and Fiona Avery (WITCHBLADE, ARANA: HEART OF THE SPIDER) and featuring art by such superstar artists as Gary Frank (SUPREME POWER, MIDNIGHT NATION), Brent Anderson (ASTRO CITY), Keu Cha (WITCHBLADE) and many more.

Full Color 208 pages $16.99 trade paperback

Masame-power-up1.jpgWitchblade Anime: Amaha Masane Witchblade Powerup Figure
(Manufacturer) Alter

From the smash anime sensation WITCHBLADE ANIME comes the main character Amaha Masane in her full powered up Witchblade form! Throughout the exciting 24 episode series Masane struggles with the Witchblade and when she finally gains control assumes this breath-taking and deadly crimson armored “Power Up” form.

This figure is from Alter and Good Smile Co. in Japan and is a 1/8 PVC model figure measuring 10 inches in height! Quantities are very limited!

Action Figure $74.99
6 Figures Per Case
Caution: (0-1-3)


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1 Comment

  1. Matthew Peterson on

    Love the art on Magdalena there, but is it just me, or does the blonde look like Gates McFadden? And Maggie herself looks like Diana from “V”… Interesting.

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