Top Cow Productions has announced it will print a limited-edition variant cover to The Darkness #7 with all sales from the book going to The Hero Initiative.Â The cover will be drawn by Phil Hester and will only be available at Wizard World Texas, November 7-9, in Arlington, Texas.
â€œPhil Hester is not just an amazing writer and top-flight artist, but a heckuva nice guy,â€ beamed Jim McLauchlin, president of The Hero Initiative. â€œWeâ€™re very pleased that Top Cow has helped us out in creating this killer cover.â€
â€œThe Hero Initiative does a great service to the comics community by helping creators in need,â€ said Mel Caylo, Top Cowâ€™s VP Marketing and Sales. â€œWe are more than happy to help keep their mission going.â€
If you aren’t going to WWT, The Hero Initiative will sell remaining issues through the Hero Initiative section on the Atomic Comics website.
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For those who have hesitated on picking up the new Darkness series, might have reason to make the jump as Top Cow announced the first trade of Darkness: Accursed will have a $4.99 price point.
â€œJust like we did when Ron Marz first took over writing Witchblade, we want to reward longtime readers of The Darkness and at the same time entice new readers to come and check out Phil Hesterâ€™s storytelling, and you just canâ€™t beat $4.99 for six, full-color quality issues of a comic series,â€ proclaimed Top Cow VP Marketing and Sales Mel Caylo in a prepared statement.
The Darkness: Accursed Vol. 1 will contain the initial storyline by current series writer Phil Hester (Green Arrow, Firebreather) and artist Michael Broussard (Unholy Union). The six-issue story, entitled â€œEmpire,â€ kicks off the third and most current volume of The Darkness, which Hester took over writing in December 2007. It is an ideal jumping-on point for readers interested in discovering the modern Darkness series. The collection will also contain a cover gallery featuring pieces by Dale Keown and Stjepan Sejic.
The Darkness: Accursed volume 1 arrives in November.
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Top Cow has announced Impaler will get an ongoing series from the company.Â The vampire thriller by William Harms with art by Matt Timson has had success with the first trade paperback, thus more vamp stories are on the way.
â€œVampires continue to resonate with people â€“ just look at the success of properties like HBOâ€™s True Blood and Stephenie Meyerâ€™s Twilight books,â€ said Top Cowâ€™s VP Marketing and Sales Mel Caylo in a prepared statement. â€œWe recognized Impaler is truly a fresh, new spin on the â€˜vampire mythosâ€™ and were excited to keep the story going. We think it has the potential to be like Walking Dead, but for vampires.â€
In the first story arc of Impaler, a derelict cargo ship is found adrift offshore during a terrible blizzard in New York City. When New Yorkâ€™s Finest is sent to investigate the missing crew, an unspeakable horror is unleashed that quickly spreads all over the snow-covered borough, as a vampire plague quickly moves through the cityâ€™s population. The peopleâ€™s only hope lies in Vlad Tepes, the real-life historical inspiration for the vampire legend, Dracula. Vlad the Impaler arrives to defend the city from the ever-growing vampire horde, but how much can one man do against an army of thousands?
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Top Cow Entertainment has announced the Broken Trinity website is now live at topcow.com/brokentrinity. The site is to support the three part story coming from the company this summer, that features Top Cow’s Trinity of The Darkness, The Angelus, and The Witchblade.
â€œBroken Trinity is going to establish a new status quo in the Top Cow Universe,â€ said Top Cow VP of Sales and Marketing Mel Caylo. â€œThis site will help fans and new readers alike prepare themselves for the events that will see at least one major character die, a new artifact discovered, and a few other surprises that Ron and Stjepan have in store.â€
The first issue ships in July, but you can read a 12-page lead in at the Broken Trinity website.
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