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15th Anniversary of Witchblade – What’s Next?

What’s a comic character to do after finding her sister murdered and baby kidnapped?  If you’re Witchblade-bearer Sara Pezzini, you return to your life as a NY police officer investigating supernatural crimes.  Following Witchblade’s 15th birthday, publisher Top Cow Productions, Inc. has announced their plans for WITCHBLADE #140-144. Following the aftermath of the events that transpired in megaevent series, ARTIFACTS, WITCHBLADE #139 touched upon how Witchblade-bearer Sara Pezzini reacted to her sister Julie’s death and the kidnapping of her daughter Hope.

Returning to its own timeline, WITCHBLADE #140-141 finds Sara Pezzini back on the job handling supernatural cases.  The “Paper Monsters” arc finds writer Saurav Mohapatra joining the dynamic team of writer Ron Marz and artist Stjepan Sejic.  Sara Pezzini has investigated countless bizarre crimes, but her latest cases may be the most shocking yet! Pezzini and her detective partner Patrick Gleason have encountered monsters and demons before, but these latest supernatural terrors seem to be born from the imagination of an innocent child.

Witchblade # 140Celebrate Witchblade’s 15h birthday with the WITCHBLADE ANNUAL 2010 where Sara Pezzini comes face to face with a former Witchblade bearer, a Russian soldier who served during the frozen Siege of Stalingrad, a pivotal battle in World War II.  What tale does she have to tell Sara? Witchblade bearers past and present come together in a one-of-a-kind story with amazing art by New York Times best-selling illustrator Tony Shasteen (THE TALISMAN).

Matthew Dow Smith (DR. WHO) takes over artistic duties for WITCHBLADE #142-143 and turns the spotlight on Sara’s partner and lover, Detective Patrick Gleason. Gleason is used to relying on his partner when weird cases pop up in the Special Cases Division.  However, when a routine prisoner transport from upstate New York turns into a brutal mass murder, can Gleason solve and survive this on his own without the help of Sara or the Witchblade?

Returning as the regular monthly WITCHBLADE artist, Sejic’s WITCHBLADE #144’s oversized issue will retell Sara’s origin from the perspective of Sara’s deceased ex-partner, Jake McCarthy.

WITCHBLADE #140 (MAY100513), a 32-page full-color comic book for $2.99, will be in stores December 8, 2010.  The 48-page 15th anniversary issue, WITCHBLADE ANNUAL 2010 (OCT100525), arrives in stores on December 15, 2010.  The search for Hope continues in ARTIFACTS #4 (AUG100510) on December 22, 2010.

For more information on Witchblade, go to www.topcow.com.
Witchblade Annual 2010Top Cow Productions, Inc. (www.topcow.com), a Los Angeles-based entertainment company, was founded in December of 1992 by artist Marc Silvestri, who also co-founded Image Comics earlier that same year. Top Cow currently publishes its line of comic books in 21 languages in over 55 different countries. The company has launched 20 franchises (18 original and two licensed) in the industry’s Top 10, seven at #1, a feat accomplished by no other publisher in the last two decades. Its flagship franchise, WITCHBLADE, was TNT’s #1 original film of 2000 and the subsequent TV series was released on DVD on July 29, 2008.  WITCHBLADE is also the first American property to be fully adapted in Japan as an original anime and manga by Studio GONZO in 2006. Top Cow’s other flagship property, THE DARKNESS, was developed into a major next-generation video game release by Starbreeze and 2K Games and achieved platinum sales status. WANTED, an Eisner-nominated miniseries published by Top Cow from 2003-2005, is now a major motion picture from Universal Pictures starring Angelina Jolie, James McAvoy and Morgan Freeman. Virtually all of Top Cow’s other properties are in development as feature films, live-action television, animation or video games. Top Cow has also successfully licensed and merchandised its franchises into toys, statues, clothing, lithographs, puppets, posters, magnets, shot glasses, lighters, lunch pails, wall scrolls, mouse pads, die-cast cars, calendars, Christmas ornaments, Halloween masks, trading cards, standees, video games and roleplaying games.

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