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Artifacts #5 Scorecard

Artifacts #5 hit stores the end of January, and here’s ourusual review scorecard. The issues marks Whilce Portacio’s debut as artist, taking over on the second arc after Michael Broussard’s start turn on the first arc. I’m pretty biased, but this is some of my favorite Whilce work ever. Wait ’til you see the epic fight that takes place in issue #6.

I also want to direct you toward a new podcast called “Doughnuts and Top Cow,” which is currently examining each issue of Artifacts. The episodes can be found here.

Comic Geek Speak’s episode 1009 also takes on Artifacts #5. Give a listen.

  1. IGN: http://comics.ign.com/articles/114/1146370p1.html
  2. Weekly Comic Book Review: http://weeklycomicbookreview.com/2011/02/01/artifacts-5-review/#more-16571
  3. Comic Attack: http://comicattack.net/2011/01/artifacts5rev/
  4. Musings from the Lion City: http://hardhitting-nobs.blogspot.com/2011/01/comics-this-week_29.html
  5. Behold the Geek: http://beholdthegeek.blogspot.com/2011/01/my-week-in-comics-january-28-2011.html?spref=tw
  6. Cedar Rapids Examiner: http://www.examiner.com/comic-books-in-cedar-rapids/the-comic-haul-for-the-week-of-january-26th-2011
  7. Geek With Curves: http://geekfemme.blogspot.com/2011/01/quickie-reviews-illyria-3-artifacts-5.html
  8. Tales from the Watercooler podcast: http://www.comicrelated.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=9971
  9. SciFi Pulsehttp://scifipulse.net/?p=41193
  10. Graphic Policy: http://graphicpolicy.com/2011/02/14/review-artifacts-5/
  11. Hollywood Jesus: http://live.hollywoodjesus.com/?p=7142
  12. Image Addictionhttp://imageaddiction.net/?p=2539

Artifacts #4 Scorecard

As with previous issues of my event series from Top Cow, here’s a one-stop-shopping collection of reviews for Artifacts #4. The issue marks the completion of the first arc of the 13-issue series, and Michael Broussard’s swansong as penciler. Issue #5 is already in the can, with While Portacio taking over on pencils, Joe Weems on inks and Sunny Gho on colors. Obviously I’m a bit biased, but I think the Artifacts #5 pages are some of Whilce’s best work ever, and Joe’s inks and Sunny’s colors are meshing seamlessly. Whilce’s two-page Blood Sword/Ian Nottingham origin in issue #4 is an appetizer for what’s to come.

Issue #5, which introduces Cyberforce into the storyline, will be in stores on Jan. 26, the same day that the Artifacts vol. 1 TPB hits shelves. The TPB collects issue #0 and issues #1-#4, as well as a cover gallery and other extras, for a bargain price of $9.99.



Artifacts #3 Scorecard

As with the past two issues, here’s a collection of the reviews I’ve come across for Artifacts #3. If you happen to know of any reviews that aren’t linked below, feel free to post a link in the comments. Artifacts #4 should be in stores in a few weeks, bringing the first act of the storyline to an explosive conclusion. Literally.


  1. Comic Geek Speak : http://www.comicgeekspeak.com/episodes/comic_geek_speak-1231.php
  2. Image Addiction : http://imageaddiction.net/?p=1794
  3. Weekly Comic Book Review: http://weeklycomicbookreview.com/2010/11/23/artifacts-3-review/#more-14787
  4. Newsarama: http://www.newsarama.com/comics/damn-dirty-comics-2-101122.html

  5. Comic Attack: http://comicattack.net/2010/11/artifacts3rev/
  6. Crave Online: http://www.craveonline.com/entertainment/comics/article/artifacts-3-review-117061
  7. Behold the Geek: http://beholdthegeek.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-week-in-comics-november-19-2010.html
  8. Newsarama’s Best Shots: http://www.newsarama.com/comics/best-shots-advance-reviews-101116.html
  9. Graphic Policy: http://graphicpolicy.com/2010/11/16/review-artifacts-3/
  10. Panelramic View: http://panelramicview.wordpress.com/2010/12/04/review-artifacts-3-taking-sides/#more-68



Artifacts #2 Review Scorecard

Reviews of Artifacts #2 are still trickling in, but the list below is the bulk of ’em. First up is a video review from Sara Lima at Comic Vine. The most gratifying aspect to it all is that reviewers and readers seem to be finding the series accessible, even if they’re not regular readers of the Top Cow Universe (yet).

We’re planning to send issue #3 off to press late this week, so it should be in stores a few weeks after that.


  1. Guerilla Geek : http://www.guerrillageek.com/2010/09/review-artifacts-2/
  2. Crave Online : http://www.craveonline.com/entertainment/comics/article/artifacts-2-review-112751
  3. Graphic Policy : http://graphicpolicy.com/2010/09/27/review-artifacts-2/
  4. Newsarama : http://www.newsarama.com/comics/best-shots-advance-reviews-100928.html
  5. Comic Book Revolution : http://comicbookrevolution.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=586
  6. Techland : http://techland.com/2010/09/30/panel-of-the-week-92910/
  7. Comic Attack : http://comicattack.net/2010/09/artifacts2review/
  8. Comic Impact : http://comicimpact.com/2010/09/review-artifacts-2/
  9. Weekly Crisis : http://www.weeklycrisis.com/2010/09/comic-book-review-power-rankings-for_30.html?
  10. Behold the Geek : http://beholdthegeek.blogspot.com/2010/10/my-week-in-comics-october-1-2010.html
  11. Player Affinity : http://playeraffinity.com/comic-reviews/Artifacts2Review.html
  12. CBR : http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=user_review&id=2719
  13. Boutiques & Geeks : http://boutiquesandgeeks.wordpress.com/2010/10/03/comic-pick-of-the-week-artifacts/
  14. PsychoRelik Studios : http://psychorelikstudios.blogspot.com/2010/10/comic-reviews-for-week-of-92910-pt.html
  15. The Comic Addiction : http://thecomicaddiction.com/?p=405
  16. Newsarama : http://www.newsarama.com/comics/best-shots-comic-reviews-101004.html
  17. Comic Vine : http://www.comicvine.com/review-artifacts-2/112-1222/
  18. Phoenix Lantern Corps : http://phoenixlanterncorps.blogspot.com/2010/10/and-you-better-hope-that-not-single.html#more
  19. Weekly Comic Book Review : http://weeklycomicbookreview.com/2010/10/05/artifacts-2-review/
  20. Comic Related : http://comicrelated.com/news/8775/artifacts-1-2

In case you missed it earlier, here’s the Artifacts #1 Scorecard

Artifacts #1 uncovered

The comic-shop release of Artifacts #1 this past Wednesday was the culmination of a lot of planning, conversation, brain-storming and … well, work. Top Cow managing editor Phil Smith, and colorist Sunny Gho both damn near killed themselves getting the last bits of the issue together in time to get issues printed to make the planned San Diego Comic Con debut. And everybody was up until the wee hours proofing the issue to get it just right.

Thus far, looks like all the effort was worth it. I’m very happy with the finished product – not something I always say – and issue #1 has already sold out at the distributor level. That means your local shop might still have a few copies on the shelf, but there are no more in the warehouse. A second printing is being rushed to press, with Michael Broussard’s interior spread, in glorious black and white, used as the wraparound cover.

Reviews for #1 have also been great. Especially gratifying to have so many reviewers comment upon the issue’s accessibility for those unfamiliar with the Top Cow Universe. That was the goal all along, to come up with a story that is satisfying for long-time readers, and welcoming to new ones. Some review links:

  1. Broken Frontier : http://www.brokenfrontier.com/reviews/p/detail/artifacts-1
  2. Crave Online : http://www.craveonline.com/entertainment/comics/article/artifacts-1-review-107731
  3. Nfamous Gamers : http://www.nfamousgamers.com/reviews/books/preview-artifacts-1
  4. Battlemouth : http://www.battlemouth.com/2010/07/20/top-cow-unleashes-artifacts/
  5. Newsarama : http://www.newsarama.com/comics/best-shots-advance-reviews-100727.html
  6. Westfield Comics : http://westfieldcomics.com/blog/interviews-and-columns/fifth-degree-ron-marzs-artifacts-1/
  7. Ideology of Madness : http://ideologyofmadness.spookyouthouse.com//archives/14088
  8. Multiversity Comics : http://www.multiversitycomics.com/2010/07/advance-review-artifacts-1.html
  9. Comic Vine : http://www.comicvine.com/news/review-artifacts-1/141740/
  10. CBR : http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=user_review&id=2496
  11. Techland : http://techland.com/2010/07/29/panel-of-the-week-72810/
  12. Techland (again) : http://techland.com/2010/07/27/comics-on-our-pull-list-72810/
  13. Gin and Comics : http://www.ginandcomics.com/reviews/review-artifacts-1
  14. Comic Book Revolution : http://comicbookrevolution.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=469:artifacts-1-review&catid=57:image&Itemid=71
  15. Kitty’s Pryde : http://kittyspryde.forumotion.com/image-comics-f4/review-artifacts-1-t1176.htm#8059
  16. Cosmic Book News : http://cosmicbooknews.com/reviews/artifacts1_review
  17. League of Comic Geeks : http://leagueofcomicgeeks.com/review/17/artifacts-1
  18. Comic Attack : http://leagueofcomicgeeks.com/review/17/artifacts-1
  19. Newsarama’s Best Shots : http://www.newsarama.com/comics/best-shots-comic-reviews-100802.html
  20. Ideology of Madness (podcast) : http://ideologyofmadness.spookyouthouse.com//archives/14135
  21. iFanboy (podcast): http://www.ifanboy.com/podcasts/audio/08_01_2010_-_Episode__245_-_The_Flash__4
  22. The Quarter Binhttp://thequarterbin.com/2010/07/19/artifacts-1-2/
  23. Major Spoilers :  http://www.majorspoilers.com/archives/49826.htm/
  24. Flames Rising :  http://www.flamesrising.com/artifacts-1-comic-review/
  25. Hollywood Jesushttp://live.hollywoodjesus.com/?p=5865
  26. Comic Impacthttp://comicimpact.com/2010/08/review-artifacts-1/
  27. Image Addictionhttp://imageaddiction.net/?p=975
  28. 11 O’Clock Comics (podcast)http://bullpenbulletinspodcast.com/2010/08/11-oclock-comics-episode-120/ (Artifacts discussion begins at 1:06 mark.)
  29. Pop Mattershttp://www.popmatters.com/pm/review/129094-graze-anatomy-artifacts-1/
  30. Comic Book Masters USAhttp://www.comicbookmastersusa.com/witchblade-broken-trinity/

[EXTRA] Comic Geeks Speaking Podcast

The excellent Comic Geek Speak podcasts are undertaking a series of shows dedicated to the Artifacts event series. The plan is for the guys to discuss the issues as they are released, so this inaugural episode takes on issue #1. Chris Partin, from Image Addiction, joins the conversation, and then my pal Filip Sablik, who also happens to be Top Cow’s publisher, also stops by. Enjoy.

Link to the podcast: http://www.comicgeekspeak.com/episodes/comic_geek_speak-1137.php


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