Witchblade #140, the first of the two-part story I co-wrote with Ron Marz (art by Stjepan Šejić) for Top Cow (as mentioned in this post earlier) is hitting the stores tomorrow (8th December). Already there are a few advance reviews out and looks like it’s getting some love around “teh interwebs” 🙂
It shall be available in comic book stores on Wed 8 December, 2010. So run out and grab a copy.
So without further ado, here are the reviews so far:
Some nice blurbs from the reviews above
“… very nice art and a far more efficient piece of storytelling than we have seen since the rise of six issue trade paperbacks…”
– Project Fanboy
“… gives readers some good old fashioned carnage with some great humor and nicely done art….”
– Player Affinity
“… Marz and Mohapatra do a great job building this story up and letting it explode in your face at the end.”
– Comics Bulletin
“… familiar, fun, comforting and a solid read. If you’ve never read a Witchblade comic before, this is a perfect hopping on point, and I absolutely recommend doing just that.”
– Graphic Policy
Recently I was approached by the awesome folks at Top Cow asking me if I was interested in co-writing a 2 issue arc with regular series writer Ron Marz and art by Stjepan Šejić. Of course, I said yes immediately. I’ve long been a fan of Witchblade and especially Ron’s work on that. I was kinda bummed to have missed out on the Witchblade-Devi crossover earlier during my stint with Virgin Comics. So this, was in a way, a long standing dream come true.
Ron and I did a two issue arc (Issues #140 and #141) and #140 is due out on Dec 09, 2010. So rush out to your nearest LCS next week and grab a copy (or 10) :). Here are the two awesome covers for the issue by Stejpan and Brandon Peterson.
Cover A by Stjepan Šejić
Cover B by Brandon Peterson
Many thanks to Filip Sabik and Phil Smith at Top Cow for thinking of me and giving me this chance.
Update 1 (added on 3rd Dec 2010)
Comic Book Resources
has a preview of the Witchblade #140 issue
and an article
where Ron talks about the issue.
The issues – which are co-written by Saurav Mohapatra, a writer that Marz worked with during his time at Virgin Comics – focus on a pair of kids who can make their drawings come to life, and unfortunately for everybody around them, they like drawing monsters.
It also features the upcoming Witchblade annual.
Thanks to Ron Marz, I got to attend the Albany Comic Convention on Nov 1st. This was my first time as an invited guest at a comic book show and I enjoyed it a lot. The excellent folks at That’s Entertainment (especially George and Pete) hooked me up with a ton of Mumbai Macguffin and Sadhu vol 2. – The Silent Ones TPB, so that I had some stuff to sell. Thanks to everyone who bought a copy. I managed to offload almost all the copies I had gone into the show with. Hope you enjoyed those, folks! 🙂
The show was small-ish but a ton of fun. I shared tablespace with Nick Taplansky, writer of AWAKENING (Archaia) and Dave Rodriguez, writer of STARKWEATHER: IMMORTAL (Archaia) and SHADOWGIRLS webcomic.
Had a blast with Ron and Matthew Dow Smith (Dr. Who, The Keep). Scored some free copies of Ron’s Samurai TPB vol 2. and Con exclusive cover WITCHBLADE (done by Matthew).
Towards the end of the show, chatted with Dennis Calero and found that we have a common friend. Small world, indeed.
So all in all, a good time. Looking forward to heading back there next spring in April 2010. Here are some pictures from the show.
(Before the Show Started)
(Ron at his table)
Nick T. pimping AWAKENING (photo: Zach Rosenberg)