The end of the year is right around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking about what to order next year at your local comic shop. Top Cow has announced their solicitations for February 2009, which you could wait to find in the December issue of Previews, or just hit the jump to read right now.
The Darkness #75
(W) Phil Hester (A) Broussard, Keown, Benitez, Timson, Carter, Irving and more! (Cov) Lee Bermejo, Dale Keown, Stjepan Sejic, Michael Broussard
An all-star cast of artists assembles in this oversized book to illustrate the historic 75th overall issue of The Darkness. Combining all three volumes of The Darkness since its debut in 1996, we’re renumbering the current series to pay tribute to the legacy of this rich and storied character.
Journey into a bleak and twisted future to witness humanity’s struggle to survive amongst the wreckage of the eternal conflict between The Darkness and The Angelus. Can Jackie Estacado step off this path to ultimate destruction or will he allow The Darkness to turn him into a global tyrant?
Cover A – Lee Bermejo (wraparound)
Cover B – Dale Keown
Cover C – Stjepan Sejic
Cover D – Michael Broussard
Full Color 48 pages $4.99 ongoing series
Witchblade Annual 2009
(W) Jay Faerber (A) Eric Basaldua (Cov) Sami Basri, Eric Basaldua
Presenting the first Witchblade Annual issue ever, complete with a new, original self-contained story by writer Jay Faerber (Pilot Season: Urban Myths, Noble Causes) and artist Eric Basaldua (Witchblade/Devi, Ultimate Fantastic Four). Includes a second bonus story!
Beautiful women all over the city are killing men they don’t even know, and then claiming they don’t even remember the events. When Sara and partner Gleason are assigned to investigate the case, they’re thrown head first into the dangerous and deadly world of…plastic surgery?
Cover A – Sami Basri
Cover B – Eric Basaldua
Full Color 40 pages $3.99 annual
(W) Joe Casey (A) ChrisCross (Cov) ChrisCross and Snakebite, Stjepan Sejic
The new series for this Pilot Season 2007 winner continues! From the pages of Marc Silvestri’s Cyberforce comes a new solo title for this Top Cow super speedster!
When Carin Taylor, a.k.a. Velocity, turns down an offer to work for a corporate mogul, he doesn’t take it well! Before she knows it, she’s attacked by a small army of private soldiers and not one, but TWO assailants who can literally keep pace with her! It’ll take a familiar face from her past to help her get out of this jam!
Cover A – ChrisCross and Snakebite
Cover B – Stjepan Sejic
Full Color 32 pages $2.99 ongoing series
Top Cow Spring 2009 Preview Book
(W) Rick Loverd and others (A) Various (Cov) Dale Keown
Get a sneak peek at some of the exciting new projects coming from Top Cow in 2009!
This Preview Book features an original Berserker story, the new comic series produced by “Heroes” star Milo Ventimiglia and his DiVide Pictures partner, Russ Cundiff. Created by screenwriter Rick Loverd, Berserker combines elements of superheroes with Norse mythology. Throw in some bone-crushing violence and punch-in-the-mouth action and you’ve got a recipe for a great Top Cow book!
That’s just the beginning! Also in this Preview Book is an exciting glimpse at a diverse mix of other projects coming from Top Cow in 2009. You don’t want to miss it!
Full Color 24 pages $2.99 preview book
(ART BY) Dale Keown
Dale Keown’s raw and feral Berserker image can now be yours in this limited, numbered lithograph, accompanied by a Top Cow Certificate of Authenticity and shipped in a protective sleeve.
Full Color 11”x17” $29.99 lithograph
Broken Trinity Deluxe Hardcover
(W) Ron Marz (A) Stjepan Sejic, Phil Hester, Jorge Lucas, Brian Stelfreeze, Nelson Blake II (Cov) Stjepan Sejic
This Premiere Hardcover collects all six issues of 2008’s blockbuster storyline, Broken Trinity, plus a slew of bonus material, from a cover gallery to behind-the-scenes commentary. Much like 2007’s First Born story arc, Broken Trinity upsets the status quo of the Top Cow Universe as one of the three principal characters in the never-ending battle between Light and Dark—Witchblade, The Darkness and The Angelus—dies, never to return. In addition, new characters enter the fray, setting the stage for a new ongoing series to debut later in 2009!
Full Color 176 pages $34.99 hardcover
Broken Trinity #3 Eric Basaldua Top Cow Store Variant
(W) Ron Marz (A) Stjepan Sejic, Phil Hester (Cov) Eric Basaldua
A beautiful, sensual cover conceived by the supremely talented Basaldua (Hunter-Killer, Ultimate Fantastic Four), available in limited supply.
Full Color 32 pages $10.00 convention exclusive
The Darkness Novel 2
(W) Kerri Hawkins
In this second installment of The Darkness novel series by author Kerri Hawkins (Blood Legacy), Jackie Estacado struggles to control his branch of the triumvirate powers of the universe while still operating as a mafia hitman. Caught between his earthly enemies and his supernatural foes, Jackie’s greatest battle might be with the black force residing within him.
Jackie loves little beyond himself, but when his childhood friend Jenny is threatened, his hard-edged persona is tested. He begins to understand that The Darkness has its own agenda, and although the dark power might help him, it might also consume him…
B/W 160 pages $6.99 novel