Artifacts #2

Artifacts #2 Cover

Cover

Sep 2010 | Top Cow

Writing: Ron Marz
Pencils: Michael Broussard
Ink: Rick Basaldua | Sal Regla
Colour: IFS’s Sunny Gho
>Letters: Troy Peteri

Sara has learned of her sister’s death and kidnapping of hope by Aphrodite IX, along with the Darkness and the Angelus. All of them gather, including Tom and learn about the 13 artifacts.

Your warrior who safeguarded the daughter of the darkness and the balance has been destroyed. So too was the darkling.

The sister of she who bears the balance was killed, and the child taken.

It seems the end of the universe is creeping up fast. Hope was delivered to the one who wanted her and is gonna be sacrificed as part of this dastardly evil plan. A lot of emotions are thrown around by the other characters, and I particularly liked Jackie and Sara’s little domestic regarding their missing child.

The art is still wonderful, along with the writing, and the flow of the issue is smooth. They aren’t wasting any time, even with thirteen issues. I’m anxious and eager to see why hope needs to be sacrificed and whether it’s successful or not. I’m really not sure how that will end considering they killed Sara’s sister right off the bat last issue. This business of hope, though, makes me want to pick up the books addressing her birth. I might have actually picked one up at some point.

Another plus was the origin of the Darkness and more biographies at the back of the book for those of us unfamiliar with the universe. They were interesting reads and were helpful to me. I’m glad they chose to do that. This story also gives me a great point to get back into the universe.

I’m really looking forward to more of this. I expect there to be more violence, more drama, and I’m still wondering who doesn’t make it through alive. So far, this series is my favorite read this week.

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Artifacts #1

Artifacts #1 Cover

Cover

Jul 2010 | Top Cow

Writing: Ron Marz
Pencils: Michael Broussard
Ink: Rick Basaldua | Sal Regla
Colour: IFS’s Sunny Gho
Letters: Troy Peteri

There are thirteen artifacts. Each grant a power to their chosen wielder. Together, they will end the world. Someone is after the pieces. The first being The Rapture, possessed by Tom Judge who just found himself out of hell and tasked with opposing whomever the big bad villain is. Sara Pezzini is on the case investigating a series of murders, all priests. The murderers are looking for Tom and Sara’s little girl is kidnapped.

Artifacts is a thirteen part series that shakes up, and will remake, the entire Top Cow universe, and I’m very curious as to how and what to expect. Top Cow hasn’t done any major crossover like this that I can remember hearing about, and I have not read everything in the universe. Fortunately, they present enough information that it’s new reader friendly and likely will be a good starting point for readers to get into the universe and new stories coming after. They also provided character bio’s in the back and a brief history on the origin of the Witchblade.

The art is the usual wonderful stuff I’m used to with Top Cow. It’s very detailed, very beautiful, dramatic, and provides plenty of badass eye-candy and violence. The art was what drew me to to read their books, and it has always been consistent. This book is no exception. Every panel is beautiful and is a nice match to the great writing.

Overall, I had been a bit worried about reading this book since I wasn’t familiar with the complete universe, but it didn’t present itself a problem at all. Everything was straight forward and bio’s helped me a lot. The story was paced really well and it ended with a cliffhanger I wasn’t expecting. I expect this to be a great story and can’t wait to read more.

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