Top Cow has sent Major Spoilers the solicitations and cover images for titles shipping in June 2008. Things to look out for include the Freshman HC, and summer special, and several convention specials.

PS_Genius.jpgPilot Season: Genius #1
(W) Marc Bernardin, Adam Freeman
(A)Afua Richardson
(COV)Afua Richardson

Alexander, Hannibal, Napoleon, Patton. What if the greatest military mind of OUR generation was born in strife, surrounded by violence and combat since birth? When the gauntlet is dropped, the question isn’t “How did 17-year-old Destiny Ajaye unite the gangs of South Central into a killer army and declare war on the LAPD?” No, the question is, “Can anyone stop her?”
From the minds of writers Marc Bernardin & Adam Freeman (The Highwaymen, Monster Attack Network) and innovative illustrator Afua Richardson (Half Dead), Genius is a book that will have readers talking for months to come.

Full Color 32 pages $3.99 pilot issue

PS_Alibi.jpgPilot Season: Alibi #1
(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov
(A) Jeremy Haun
(Cov) Jeremy Haun

The perfect killer always has an airtight alibi. But can anyone be in two places at once? John Stephens can. He’s always a suspect whenever a high-profile target is taken out, but he always gets off scot-free because he’s off somewhere else, having the time of his life. How can he be responsible? The authorities may be fooled, but now someone knows his secret, and John is going to have to face the consequences.
From the people’s choice Joshua Hale Fialkov (Cyblade, Marvel Comics Presents) and artist Jeremy Haun (Civil War: Iron Man/Captain America, The Leading Man).

Full Color 32 pages $3.99 pilot issue

Darkness-6_Keown.jpgDarkness-6_Sejic.jpgThe Darkness #6
(W) Phil Hester
(P) Michael Broussard
(I) Ryan Winn
(Col) Matt Milla
(Cov) Dale Keown, Stjepan Sejic

The conclusion of the “Empire” storyarc is here, as past sins shatter hope for a brighter tomorrow! Jackie Estacado faces his toughest opponent yet, and the end of this spectacular final chapter will have you screaming, “What?!” Writer Phil Hester (Superman: Confidential, Green Arrow) and rising star Michael Broussard (Unholy Union) put the stamp on their momentous first arc on The Darkness.

Cover A – Dale Keown
Cover B – Stjepan Sejic

Full Color 32 pages $2.99 ongoing series

FR_Summer_Special.jpgFreshmen: Summer Vacation Special
(W) Hugh Sterbakov
(A) Sheldon Mitchell
(Cov) Rodolfo Migliari

The critically acclaimed hit is back with an all-new adventure! There’s no rest for the weary as the kids’ summer vacation takes a bizarre twist when someone from their past rises from the dead to wreak havoc on Freese College. An all-out, action-packed brawl filled with drama and laughs, told through the sky-high eyes of the Intoxicator!
Co-created by “Robot Chicken” maestro Seth Green and written by the self-proclaimed 11th fattest man on Earth, Hugh Sterbakov, Freshmen is an uproarious combination of superpowers and college comedy, featuring art from Top Cow’s latest find, Sheldon Mitchell. Don’t miss out on this deluxe one-shot stuffed full of Ax-Cell-Erated extras and bonus content!

Full Color 48 pages $4.99 one-shot

Freshmen Vol. 1 Hardcover
(W) Hugh Sterbakov
(A) Leonard Kirk
(Cov) Rodolfo Migliari

Relive college memories with the Freshmen, collected for the first time in this deluxe hardcover edition!
Co-created by writer/producer/actor Seth Green (Robot Chicken, Family Guy) and Hugh Sterbakov, Freshmen Vol. 1: Introduction to Superpowers details the fantastic adventures of 14 members of the Freese College freshmen class, who have all been imbued with miraculous superpowers by the explosion of a mysterious device called the Ax-Cell-Erator!
With powers based on whatever they were thinking at that pivotal moment, some of the kids are blessed with fantastic abilities, like the power to seduce others, or tandem telekinesis. But others are cursed: A die-hard vegan can communicate with plants and vegetables, leaving him nothing to eat. A math whiz must become drunk or stoned in order to inebriate his enemies. One kid woke up with a major boost to his, ahem, personal equipment. And then there’s a talking Beaver…
Also available in a super-limited edition signed by co-creators Hugh Sterbakov and Seth Green!

Full Color 176 pages $29.99 hardcover

Limited Signed Edition $49.99

PS07_TPB.jpg Pilot Season 2007 Trade Paperback
(W) Top Cow’s Finest
(A) Top Cow’s Finest
(Cov) Stjepan Sejic

Now that the voting is over and the two winners of Pilot Season 2007 have been announced, here’s your chance to take another look at all the candidates in one neat collection! This star-studded volume features original stories and art by a cool mix of fresh newcomers and seasoned veterans, including Ian Edginton (Judge Dredd), Stjepan Sejic (First Born), Joshua Hale Fialkov (Elk’s Run), Rick Mays (Ultimate Marvel Team-Up), Joshua Ortega (Spider-Man Unlimited), Jonboy Meyers (Ninja Scroll), Jason Aaron (Wolverine), Jorge Lucas (The Incredible Hulk), Joe Casey (Uncanny X-Men) and Kevin Maguire (JLA Classified).
Collects Pilot Season #1 issues of The Angelus, Cyblade, The Necromancer, Ripclaw and Velocity.

Full Color 144 pages $14.99 trade paperback

The Darkness #3 Top Cow Store Exclusive Variant
(W) Phil Hester
(A) Michael Broussard
(Cov) Michael Broussard

The mesmerizing third issue cover by series artist Michael Broussard (The Darkness: Butcher). Limited to 1,000 copies, allocations may occur.

Full Color 32 pages $10.00 Top Cow Store Exclusive

Witchblade #116 Wizard World Los Angeles Exclusive Variant
(W) Ron Marz
(A) Stjepan Sejic
(Cov) Marc Silvestri

This tantalizing variant cover is by master Marc Silvestri (X-Men: Messiah Complex). Limited to 2,000 copies, allocations may occur.

Full Color 32 pages $10.00 Convention Exclusive

Witchblade #116 Retailer Incentive Signed Edition
(W) Ron Marz
(A) Stjepan Sejic
(Cov) Greg Horn

The sexy incentive cover by painter Greg Horn (Ms. Marvel) is now available signed by both Ron Marz and Stjepan Sejic. Limited to 100 copies, allocations may occur.

Full Color 32 pages $20.00 Convention Exclusive

Wanted: Assassin’s Edition HC Exclusive Convention Foil Variant
(W) Mark Millar
(A) J.G. Jones
(Cov) J.G. Jones

The story that inspired this summer’s Universal Pictures film starring Angelina Jolie is collected in a director’s commentary edition and features a foil variant cover. Limited to 500 copies, allocations may occur.

Full Color 224 pages $50.00 Convention Exclusive


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