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ARTIFACTS #2
story RON MARZ
art MICHAEL BROUSSARD
cover RYAN SOOK, JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
AUGUST 18
32 PAGES / FC / LIMITED SERIES
$3.99

The Event FIVE Years in the Making!

Thirteen mystical Artifacts will guide the fate of the world. Thirteen Artifacts will destroy the world. A mysterious being has taken Hope, the daughter of Sara Pezzini, the Witchblade bearer, and Jackie Estacado, the Darkness bearer; but his intent remains in shadow. As the two frantic parents search for their missing child, other players including Dani Baptiste, the Angelus bearer, Tom Judge, Magdalena and others are brought onto the board.

From Top Cow Universe architect Ron Marz (Witchblade, Angelus) and Top Cow superstar artist Michael Broussard (The Darkness) comes an event series, which will literally shake the Top Cow Universe to its foundation. Featuring a gorgeous cover by superstar artist Ryan Sook (Wednesday Comics) as well as a variant cover series featuring each of the 13 Artifact bearers by John Tyler Christopher (Witchblade).

Each issue will also feature a Top Cow Origin backup written by Marz and drawn by a superstar collection of artists.

ARTIFACTS #1 SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON BROUSSARD WRAPAROUND VARIANT COVER
story RON MARZ
art & cover MICHAEL BROUSSARD
32 PAGES / FC / CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE
$10.00

Get this stunning wraparound convention variant cover by series artist Michael Broussard, previously available exclusively at San Diego Comic-Con. Quantities are limited, allocations may occur.

THE DARKNESS: FOUR HORSEMEN #1
story DAVID HINE
art & cover JEFF WAMESTER
AUGUST 4
32 PAGES / FC / LIMITED SERIES
$3.99

The Darkest Tale of The Darkness Yet!

Jackie Estacado has known little fear since he inherited the power of The Darkness on his 21st birthday. But when an old mafia boss blackmails him to hunt down four fiendish bikers in the California desert, he will find that even The Darkness can know fear.

From David Hine (Batman: Arkham Asylum) and up-an-coming artist Jeff Wamester (RAZE).

THE DARKNESS #87
story PHIL HESTER
art SHELDON MITCHELL
cover DALE KEOWN
AUGUST 4
32 PAGES / FC / ONGOING SERIES
$2.99

The Darkest Tale of The Darkness Yet!

Just as the Brotherhood of The Darkness existed to serve the interests of The Darkness on Earth, another cult has existed in secret serving the needs of The Angelus on this world. Now armed with a legendary weapon crafted from the heart of a sun itself, a servant of the cult within Jackie’s inner circle moves to end the Estacado line once and for all.

MAGDALENA #1 ALBANY CON VARIANT COVER
story RON MARZ
art NELSON BLAKE II
cover MATT SMITH
FC / 32 PAGES / CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE
$10.00

Get this limited edition convention variant cover by Matt Smith (Doctor Who), previously available exclusively at Albany Comic Con. Quantities are limited, allocations may occur.

MAGDALENA #4
story RON MARZ
art NELSON BLAKE II
cover RYAN SOOK
AUGUST 18
32 PAGES / FC / ONGOING SERIES
$3.99

The Star of the Forthcoming Feature Film Gets Her Own Series!

Patience, the latest in a long line of The Magdalena, bearer of the Spear of Destiny, and Kristof, her mentor and Knight of Malta, continue to race around Europe hunting a demonic cult intent on bringing about the era of the Anti-Christ. With Patience doubting whether she will be able to fulfill her duty or not, the Church moves to ensure that their servant will do its will… even if that servant is not Patience.

MAGDALENA #1 C2E2 BLAKE WRAPAROUND VARIANT COVER
story RON MARZ
art & cover NELSON BLAKE II
32 PAGES / FC / CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE
$10.00

Get this limited edition convention variant cover by series artist Nelson Blake II, previously available exclusively at Albany Comic Con. Quantities are limited, allocations may occur.

WITCHBLADE: DUE PROCESS #1 ONE-SHOT
story PHIL SMITH
art & cover ALINA URUSOV
AUGUST 4
32 PAGES / FC / ONE-SHOT
$3.99

Sara has to make amends with an innocent man she sent to prison.

Before young Sara Pezzini was called to bear the Witchblade she made a horrible mistake that destroyed a man’s life. Today that man is being released from prison and has to put the pieces of his life back together. In order to protect his family, this desperate father made a deal with demonic forces, and now it is time to pay. When Sara tries to reach out and make her past wrong right, she’s confronted by demonic forces. The stakes: a man’s very soul.

Written by Phil Smith (Trinity: Blood on the Sands) with art by Alina Urusov (X-23, Young Avengers).

WITCHBLADE #136 WASHINGTON DC COMICON JG JONES VARIANT COVER
story RON MARZ
art STJEPAN SEJIC
cover JG JONES
32 PAGES / FC / CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE
$10.00

Get this limited edition variant cover by master artist JG Jones (Wanted, Final Crisis), previously available exclusively at the Washington DC Comicon. Quantities are limited, allocations may occur.

VELOCITY #4
story RON MARZ
art & cover KENNETH ROCAFORT
AUGUST 25
32 PAGES / FC / LIMITED SERIES
$3.99

The Pilot Season Winner is Back!

The clock counts down to zero as the taut, pulse pounding series races to its conclusion. Carin Taylor, the hero known as Velocity, has been infected with a deadly techno-virus. Thus far she has been successful in saving most of her teammates from the same virus, but now the exertion is taking its toil and the fastest girl in the world may not be able to win this race. The issue concludes the creative collaboration of writer Ron Marz (Witchblade, Angelus) and artist Kenneth Rocafort (Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer).

ANGELUS #3 CALGARY EXPO STJEPAN SEJIC VARIANT COVER
story RON MARZ
art & cover STJEPAN SEJIC
32 PAGES / FC / CONVENTION EXCLUSIVE

Get this limited edition sketch variant cover by series artist Stjepan Sejic, previously available exclusively at Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo. Quantities are limited, allocations may occur.

WITCHBLADE: REDEMPTION VOLUME 1 TRADE PAPERBACK
story RON MARZ
art & cover STJEPAN SEJIC
AUGUST 25
176 PAGES / FC / TRADE PAPERBACK
$4.99
Only $4.99 in Direct Market Stores!

In the aftermath of “War of the Witchblades,” Sara Pezzini must reclaim the full mantle of the Witchblade and come to terms with her dark actions. In this first volume of the “Redemption” trade line, readers are reintroduced to Sara; boyfriend and partner, Patrick Gleason; and the strange, supernatural world of the Witchblade. Fans are also re-introduced to Aphrodite IV, the emerald haired cyborg assassin.

This volume collects issues #131-135 by long time writer Ron Marz (Artifacts) and artistic partner Stjepan Sejic (Angelus) and is a perfect introductory volume for new readers. Also included in the volume is a cover gallery, behind the scenes sketches, designs, and more at a special introductory price point of $4.99 (only in comic shops)!

via Top Cow

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1 Comment

  1. Brian G.
    May 26, 2010 at 12:58 pm — Reply

    I’m definately going to check out Artifacts. I’m probably going to pick up Due Process too.

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