Friday, June 12, 2009


Top Cow has released their solicits for September 2009.


Witchblade #130 Ron Marz/Stjepan Sejic $2.99
Witchblade Annual 2009 Signed Jay Faerber/Eric Basaldua $14.99
Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #3 Mark Waid/Kenneth Rocafort/Whilce Portacio $2.99
Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #1 Lithograph Kenneth Rocafort $29.99
Fusion #1-3 Set Dan Abnett/Andy Lanning/Tyler Kirkham $5.99
The Darkness #80 Phil Hester $2.99
The Darkness #76-79 Set Hester/Broussard/Blake/Lucas $9.99
The Darkness/Pitt #2 Paul Jenkins/Dale Keown/Bagus $2.99
Berserker #1 Keown Rage Ed Rick Loverd/Jeremy Haun/Dale Keown $10.00
Impaler #6 William Harms/Matt Timson $2.99
Ripclaw TPB Aaron/Haberlin/Silvestri/Peterson/Lucas $19.99
Art of Top Cow SC Marc Silvestri/Top Cow’s Finest $29.99

Witchblade #130
“War of the Witchblades” Part 6 (of 6)
(W) Ron Marz (A) Stjepan Sejic (Cov) Sejic, Adriana Melo

“War of the Witchblades” concludes here!
Will Sara Pezzini or Dani Baptiste emerge as the sole bearer of the Witchblade? Or will it be a completely new bearer? And who is the new Angelus?
Featuring a cover by regular artist Sejic and two variant covers by classic Witchblade artist Adriana Melo (Ms. Marvel)!

Cover A – Stjepan Sejic
Cover B – Adriana Melo Sara
Cover C – Adrian Melo Danielle

Full Color 32 pages $2.99 ongoing series

Expected Ship Date – September 9th, 2009

Witchblade Annual 2009 Signed Edition
(W) Jay Faerber (A) Eric Basaldua (Cov) Eric Basaldua

Get this limited edition signed by artist Eric Basaldua. Quantities are limited, allocations may occur.

Full Color 40 pages $14.99 Signed Edition

Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #3 (of 5)
(W) Mark Waid (A) Kenneth Rocafort (Cov) Rocafort, Whilce Portacio

The reason for Morningstar’s alliance with Cyberdata becomes clear and the teams of Cyberforce and Hunter-Killer team members rush to destroy key facilities around the world. Only Morningstar is one step ahead and has a deadly welcoming party ready!
Featuring a cover by series artist Rocafort as well as a variant cover by Whilce Portacio (Spawn).

Cover A – Kenneth Rocafort
Cover B – Whilce Portacio

Full Color 32 pages $2.99 limited series

Expected Ship Date – September 16th, 2009

Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer #1 Lithograph
(A) Kenneth Rocafort

Get this limited edition lithograph showcasing the two connected covers from issue #1 by artist Kenneth Rocafort. Ships in protective sleeve with Certificate of Authenticity. Quantities are limited, allocations may occur.

Full Color 11” x 17” $29.99 Lithograph

Fusion #1-3 Reader Set
(W) Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning (A) Tyler Kirkham (Cov) Choi, Sejic

Get all three issues of the Top Cow/Marvel Comics crossover event, which led into Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer in this convenient reader pack! Starring Cyberforce, Hunter-Killer, the Mighty Avengers, and the Thunderbolts!

Full Color $5.99 Set (x 3 Comics)

The Darkness #80
“Bog” Part 1 (of 2)
(W) Phil Hester (A) Phil Hester (Cov) Phil Hester

Phil Hester takes over The Darkness for a special 2 part story!
Jackie Estacado, bearer of The Darkness, and his crew of criminals head to the swamp on their quest to destroy every representation of The Sovereign in the world. But this swamp has a monstrous protector…

Full Color 32 pages $2.99 ongoing series

Expected Ship Date – September 23rd, 2009

Recommended for Mature Readers

The Darkness #76-79 Complete Cover Set
(W) Phil Hester (A) Michael Broussard, Nelson Blake II, Jorge Lucas (Cov) Frazer Irving, Josh Medors, Michael Avon Oeming, Whilce Portacio

Catch up on the series everyone is talking about with this handy complete cover set, which includes all four issues plus the variant cover for issue #76! Quantities are limited, allocations may occur.

Full Color $9.99 Set (x 5 Comics)

The Darkness/Pitt #2 (of 3)
(W) Paul Jenkins (A) Dale Keown (Cov) Keown, Bagus Hutomo

Dale Keown’s Pitt returns with a vengeance!
Jackie Estacado, the bearer of The Darkness, and Pitt are planning their next move against The Infected, when the problem comes to their doorstep! Reuniting The Darkness writer Paul Jenkins (Captain America, Mythos) and Pitt creator Dale Keown (Hulk: The End) and features two covers by series artist Keown and a variant cover by Bagus Hutomo of IFS (Shrapnel: Artesia Rising).

Cover A – Dale Keown
Cover B – Bagus Hutomo

Full Color 32 pages $2.99 limited series

Expected Ship Date – September 23rd, 2009

Berserker#1 Dale Keown “Rage” Edition
(W) Rick Loverd (A) Jeremy Haun (Cov) Dale Keown

Get this limited edition variant cover of Berserker #1, previously only available through Golden Apple Comics & Collector’s Paradise. Quantities are limited, allocations may occur.

Full Color 32 pages $10.00 Retailer Variant

Impaler #6
(W) William Harms (A) Matt Timson (Cov) Matt Timson

This fresh, new take on the vampire mythos from International Horror Guild-nominated writer William Harms continues!
Victor and Vlad catch up with Wagner and his soldiers near the Washington Monument, but unfortunately so do the vampire hordes! Will anyone walk away in one piece? Featuring a wraparound cover by series artist Matt Timson.

Full Color 32 pages $2.99 ongoing series

Expected Ship Date – September 30th, 2009

Ripclaw Volume 1 Trade Paperback
(W) Jason Aaron, Brian Haberlin, David Wohl, and more (A) Brandon Peterson, Billy Tan, Jorge Lucas, and more (Cov) Kenneth Rocafort

With Cyberforce/Hunter-Killer in full swing, go back rediscover the stories that made Ripclaw the most popular member of the renegade band of heroes called Cyberforce! Collected for the first time!
Collects both Ripclaw mini-series plus Ripclaw Pilot Season, a cover gallery and plenty of bonus materials.

Full Color 208 pages $19.99 trade paperback

Expected Ship Date – September 16th, 2009

The Art of Top Cow Soft Cover
(A) Marc Silvestri, Dale Keown, Michael Turner, David Finch, Joe Benitez, Stjepan Sejic, Eric Basaldua, and many, many more (Cov) Marc Silvestri & Steve Firchow

One of Top Cow’s lasting legacies in the comic world is the studio Marc Silvestri founded to nurture young artists. Today’s top artist lists are filled with alumni of the famous Top Cow “Pit”. The Art of Top Cow is a gigantic collection that combines The Art of The Darkness, The Art of Witchblade and The Art of Marc Silvestri, plus select additional pieces drawn by some of the best artists to have graced the pages and covers of Top Cow titles. This is the definitive art collection for the ultimate art fan.
This over-sized 10” x 12” coffee table book features an embossed front cover.

Full Color 320 pages $29.99 soft cover

Expected Ship Date – September 2nd, 2009

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Details on San Diego Comic-Con He-Ro Variants

MOTU Fans!

As most MOTU fans know, He-Ro is our special San Diego Comic-Con 2009 MOTU figure. You've waited patiently, and now I can finally share some of the details!

This version of He-Ro will be available at SDCC, then at after the show. Both the SDCC version and the version will have three different Spell Stone variants, randomly packed. But like all spell stones, they're well hidden. The stones come packed in a closed Spell Staff so the only way to know which version you have is to open the package, then open the staff to see the color.

Spell of Protection......Green Spell Stone
Spell of Defense......Red Spell Stone
Spell of Healing......Purple Spell Stone

There's one more thing... if you get He-Ro at the show, he'll also have a special SDCC variant with the SDCC logo on his chest under the armor (you'll need to take him out of the package and remove the armor to see the logo)! The logo version will be sold only at SDCC.

If you can't get to the SDCC, don't worry, because we've got you covered. You can still get He-Ro without the SDCC logo here on after the show on Monday, August 3rd at 12:00 NOON ET, so be sure to mark your calendar!


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I.M.O. Review: Red Robin #1 (DC Comics) By Eddie R

The Third Robin leaves the nest.

Did you ever believe in something so strongly that you just had to go and find out if it was true or not? Have you ever been in a situation where you have felt unwanted, alone, and confused? Well you’re not alone.

Red Robin #1 deals with a sort of crisis of identity within the Batman Family as the third Robin, Tim Drake Wayne , is currently at a cross roads right now. With the mantels of both Batman and Robin having been passed to others, the question now is where does Tim fit into all of this? To make matters worse, Tim thinks Bruce is still alive and somewhere out in the world. And he intends on finding him.

Leaving his old life behind in Gotham City, and setting out in search of Bruce, Tim decides that if wants to do this, then he knows he has to choose an identity which will not tie into either Bruce or Dick. So He settles on the one hero identity which he knows has been tarnished: Red Robin.

The name Red Robin has been kicking around the DCU for a while. First appearing in the Alex Ross Kingdom Come series, as a middle ages version of Dick Grayson; Then being used by Jason Todd while traveling the Multiverse as one of the “Challenger of the unknown” in Countdown to Final Crisis, and finally being adopted by Ulysses Armstrong, better known as The General (who is now the villain Anarky), in order to settle a previous grudge he had against Tim in the “Search for a Hero” storyline: (Robin: V2 # 177- 182). It was during this confrontation with Armstrong where Tim first donned the Red Robin Costume, in order to hide his wounds and take down Anarky.

To me, the identity of Red Robin seems to be a natural evolution of the Robin mantle (and previous series). And Tim seems very well suited for assuming this role. He is a man on a mission, and wants to make sure nothing will lead back to his previous life, or interfere with his current one.

But as much as we try to plan out everything in advance, something’s always creeps up. If Tim thinks he’s alone in his search for Bruce, he’s wrong. And knowing the villain who appears at the end of the issue, he won’t settle for anything less either until he finds Bruce Wayne as well.


Eddie R
Review Co-Editor

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Transformers Storm NY Times

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen prequels make the list, while Star Trek: Countdown stays strong

IDW boasted a stronger-than-ever showing on The New York Times Best Seller list this week, with three of the top ten books! Star Trek: Countdown posted another great week at fourth place, it's eighth week straight on the list. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: Defiance and Alliance made their NY Times debuts at numbers five and seven, respectively.

Head to your local book or comic book store and find out what you've been missing. Or, check out these great books and more at iTunes!


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Your Pkging Guide To BSG Toys R Us Series 1!

Our whirlwind tour starts with:

Adama & Razor Cylon 2pk

Apollo & D’anna 2pk

Cavil & Tylium Mine Cylon 2pk

Doral & Stealth Cylon 2pk

Leoben & Starbuck 2pk

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Hero Initiative and Steve Dillon at Wizard World Philadelphia

Hero Initiative and Special Guest British Artist Steve Dillon to appear at Wizard World Philadelphia

Hero initiative is proud to announce it’s attendance at Wizard world Philadelphia, June 19-21 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center with special guest Steve Dillon from London, England. Dillon, the artist of critically acclaimed Preacher and Wolverine: Origins, has generously committed his time to raise money for Hero Initiative at Wizard World, so stop by booth (532/631) and be the lucky recipient of a sketch or signature while contributing to a wonderful cause.

In addition, ask our helpful volunteers about becoming a Hero Initiative member! All new members who sign up on site will get a FREE Punisher #1 Hero Initiative/Atomic variant! ( See Attached for cover)

Schedule is as follows:

FRI., JUNE 19 (HOURS 12-7)
100-200: Tom Raney
200-330: Steve Dillon
500-630: Steve Dillon

SAT., JUNE 20 (HOURS 10-7)
1230-130: Greg Pak + Fred Van Lente
130-230: Steve Dillon
330-430: Jimmy Palmiotti
430-630: Steve Dillon

SUN., JUNE 21 (HOURS 11-5)
130-400: Steve Dillon

About The Hero Initiative

The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.

Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit or call 626-676-6354.


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Star Trek Original Series Medical Tricorder - EE Exclusive

It takes a long time to get the greatest in toy medical equipment from across the galaxy!

Our awesome Exclusive Star Trek Original Series Medical Tricorder is now available, complete with sound effects from the original series. Not only is it packed with a few zingers from the good doctor, but it also sports a strap so you can wear it, a removable scanner, and some nifty lighting effects. If you already scored our Exclusive Star Trek Original Series Communicator, this should be your next piece of equipment!

And don't forget, we're offering free shipping on these items with a minimum purchase, but only for a limited time!

Star Trek Original Series Medical Tricorder - EE Exclusive

* Entertainment Earth Exclusive! This medical tricorder is true to the original Star Trek series.
* Incredibly detailed and features the voice of Dr. McCoy.
* Includes lights, sounds, and an exclusive removable scanner with motion effects.
* It's perfect for your next away mission!

The Entertainment Earth Exclusive Star Trek Original Series Medical Tricorder is a compulsory component of any futuristic first-aid kit. Following the runaway success of the classic-era phaser and communicator, you can now boldly go where no man has gone before with this authentic tricorder replica! Based on the 23rd-century design seen in the original Star Trek television series, the remarkably detailed electronic instrument features silver highlights over a black finish, plus light and sound effects taken from the watershed TV show. It's perfect for your next away mission! Window-box packaging.

The Entertainment Earth Exclusive Medical Tricorder is the ultimate replica for any fan, collector, or 23rd-century physician. Not only does the case open to reveal the detailed interior, but this deluxe version also includes a compartment with a removable scanner accessory with sounds and motion that you won't find anywhere else! The Tricorder features blinking lights, a spinning scanner, light-up elements, and an adjustable shoulder strap. All doors open and close.

This Tricorder includes 7 electronic phrases from Dr. McCoy that you won't find anywhere else! They include:
"Shock, radiation burns... internal injuries for certain."
"This is medically impossible!"
"Some heart flutter. Better risk a few drops of cordrazine."
"Respiration normal; blood pressure normal."
"He's in perfect health."
"He's dead, Jim."
"I'm a Doctor, not a brick layer!"

* Collector's Notes: To activate the Tricorder's lights and sounds and hear all the electronic phrases, the machine must be in "play" mode. To accomplish this, open the battery compartment and move the switch from "Try Me" to "Play."
* The instruction manual for this item contains an error. Pushing the button on the removable scanner should activate the sound, but turning the thumbnail wheel is required to make the sensor spin. Please try that and see if that handles it for you.

Dr. McCoy's Tricorder Exclusive Is Here


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