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In Stores This Week

I’ve been looking forward to this week for quite a while, as the first issue of my return to Witchblade is released. Top Cow’s Witchblade #170 debuts this week in stores and online, the beginning of what I expect to be a long run by me, artist Laura Braga and colorist Betsy Gonia.

I stepped away from Witchblade with issue #150, after writing more than 70 consecutive issues of the title. Top Cow asked me to come back to the series with issue #170, and I was fortunate to see Laura Braga’s work thanks to a Twitter conversation with her. She and Betsy are a perfect fit for the story we’re telling, and I’m thrilled to be working with both of them.

The story opens with Witchblade wielder Sara Pezzini in a much different place, acting as Sheriff of Saratoga County in upstate New York. And as the preview pages seemingly indicate, Sara no long has the Witchblade. This initial story arc, “Borne Again,” will run through issue #174, and delve into Sara’s past, present and … well, it’s possible she might not have any future.

Witchblade #170 is wrapped in a stunning Marc Silvestri cover, and there’s a Third Eye Comics store-exclusive cover by Francesco Francavilla. A preview of the issue can be seen here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=18537

Update: “Sound on Sight” did a piece / interview on my return to Witchblade: http://www.soundonsight.org/the-witchblade-halloween-catch-up/

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores This Week

This week brings Artifacts #28, the concluding chapter to the “Truth and Destinies” two-parter featuring Tom Judge, Michael Finnegan and the Magdalena as they hunt for the Glacier Stone. The storyline had a number of inspirations, including the desolate Nordic locations seen in Fincher’s “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” adaptation, as well as famed crazy person Aleister Crowley.

Marco Turini returns for art duties, with Bill Farmer on color. Stjepan Sejic provides the Magdalena-centric cover.

Next month’s Artifacts #29 will be a special issue written by Phil Smith, with art by Kalman Andrasofszky. I’ll return with issue #30, with a new artistic partner in tow, for an Angelus-oriented issue

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores This Week

I’m happy anytime I get to write Magdalena. This week brings Artifacts #27, which stars my favorite monster hunter/supernatural enforcer for the Catholic Church, along with defrocked priest Tom Judge. It’s an interesting pairing to write, one I hope to return to even after this two-part storyline is finished. In this issue, Tom seeks out Magdalena to convince her to aid him in tracking down the missing Glacier Stone. Their quest leads to them a spooky mansion above the arctic circle.

This is artist Marco Turini’s second published issue of Artifacts, though it’s actually the first one that he drew. There’s also some very nice color work by Andy Troy and Bill Farmer, all wrapped in covers by Stjepan Sejic and Marco Turini.

A preview of the issue can be seen here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=16323

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores This Week

This week brings the release of Artifacts #26, the fourth and final part of “Progeny,” the Top Cow Universe crossover. The issue is by me, artist Marco Turini and colorist Andy Troy. This marks Marco’s first issue of Artifacts, as he settles in for a run after taking over art duties from Stjepan Sejic, who departs to launch Aphrodite IX as a monthly title (and to work on volume 2 of Ravine). Marco’s work shows some obvious sensibilities from his native Italy, so his art is an intriguing mix of European and American influences.

The issue brings the story threads of “Progeny” to a head, hopefully in an unexpected way, and sets the stage for ensuing issues of the title. More than that, I don’t want to say, for fear of spoiling the story.

Also released recently is the Blackburn Burrow #4, the final issue of the supernatural Civil War-era tale by me, artist Matthew Dow Smith and colorist Jordie Bellaire, based on Jay N. Levy’s screenplay for Amazon Studios. Go to the Amazon Studios blog Hollywonk, for more information, and links to read the issue as well as download it for free on Kindle:

http://hollywonk.com/post/45264984398

I also wrote an essay on “Three Rules for Writing Visually” for Hollywonk, with some thoughts on writing for comics. Have a look here:

http://hollywonk.com/post/45351125083/marz-3-rules-visual

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores This Week

Releasing this week is Artifacts #24, a stand-alone issue that catches up with the current Angelus host in the Top Cow Universe, the singularly-named Finch. The story brings Finch, as well as her girlfriend and NYPD detective Danielle Baptiste, to the Angelus dimension, which is under attack from … well, I won’t spoil the details.

The art, of course, is by my usual partner in crime, Stjepan Sejic. The story is self-contained, but plants some seeds that will bear fruit in the upcoming “Progeny” storyline, starting in Artifacts #25, and continuing in Witchblade #164 and Darkness #111 before concluding in Artifacts #26.

A preview of Artifacts #24 has been released, and can be found at Comic Book Resources, as well as other sites. Here’s a link:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=14771

The first review of the issue has already been posted, ReadComicBooks.Net rating it 9 out of 10, calling it “…simply another great installment in a standout fantasy series.” The full review can be seen here:

http://readcomicbooks.net/home/artifacts-24/

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores This Week

Two new books on shelves this week (to go along with last week’s Magdalena Vol. 2 trade paperback collection). First up is Artifacts #19 from Top Cow/Image, which kicks off a new storyline, featuring an Artifacts bearer we’ve met before, albeit briefly. Dr. Rachel Harrison appeared in issue #14, finding a corpse that was ultimately traced to a gangland execution, Jackie Estacado style.

In issue #19, Rachel takes center stage, setting up her life as an emergency-room doctor, and now bearer of the Heart Stone. The three-issue arc will take Rachel to some unexpected places, and bring her face to face with Tom Judge once again. Art is my Stjepan Sejic, as usual, and you can see a preview here:
http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=12867

My other work out this week is the introduction I wrote for Tarzan: The Jesse Marsh Years Vol. 11 from Dark Horse. I suppose my love for Tarzan is no secret at this point, but I’m thankful for the opportunity to wax poetic about one of my favorite characters ever in the intro. I’d work on a Tarzan comic in a heartbeat.

Of course, I don’t think anybody’s crazy enough to shell out 50 bucks just to read my intro. This volume contains a big chunk of Marsh’s simply powerful and powerfully simple Tarzan work. Plus, the cover has Tarzan fighting a shark. A shark! A preview of the interiors, though not my intro, can be found here:
http://www.darkhorse.com/Books/18-004/Tarzan-The-Jesse-Marsh-Years-Volume-11-HC

Kreegah!

Ron


In Stores This Week

Finally, this week sees the release of Magdalena #12, bringing to a close the present “One, True Cross” storyline. As usual, my partners-in-crime are Nelson Blake 2nd, Dave Marquez, Sal Regla, Dave McCaig and Troy Peteri. You can see a preview of the issue here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=12486

Some advance reviews for the issue have already been released. Newsarama’s Best Shots scored it 8 out of 10, saying, “…it doesn’t let up on strong characters and the potential of what’s to come.” The full review is here:

http://www.newsarama.com/comics/best-shots-advance-reviews-120522.html

Meanwhile, Geeks of Doom calls Magdalena herself “…a well written, driven character that shows purpose in her actions and is in it for the long haul.” The full review is here:

http://www.geeksofdoom.com/2012/05/23/comic-review-the-magdalena-12/

My Shelf Life column at CBR this week will be about the last dozen issues of Magdalena, and the ultimate fate of the book. Look for the column around 5 p.m. Eastern on Thursday.

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores This Week

It’s not new, per se, but it is a new edition. In stores this week is a new pritning of the previously sold-out First Born trade paperback, now branded as part of an Artifacts line of collected editions. The volume contains the First Born mini-series as well as the tie-in Witchblade issues, featuring art by Stjepan Sejic, as well as the incomparable Kevin Nowlan inking over Luke Ross, Stephen Sadowski, and Rick Leonardi, plus a gorgeous Magdalena short story by Ryan Sook.

The storyline is one of my favorites, both because of the gorgeous art, and because we were able to bring a permanent of status quo-altering change to Sara Pezzini’s life. Even if you’re not familiar with the Top Cow Universe or characters, everything you need to know is within the pages of First Born.

Cheers,

Ron


In Stores This Week

Two new issues on the stands for me this week, as both Artifacts #12 and Voodoo #4 reach stores.

Artifacts #12, the last issue in artist Jeremy Haun’s tenure on the series, brings the storyline to a head in a big way. To say much more than that would spoil the fun. The origin backup features the Thirteenth Artifact, with art by Michael Broussard. There’s a nine-page preview of the issue here:

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=10908

Artifacts #13 will be in stores next Wednesday, Jan. 4, so you won’t have to wait long to see how the storyline winds up … and how the stage is set for the ongoing Artifacts series.

Voodoo #4 is also out this Wednesday. It’s my last issue on the title, for reasons that, unfortunately, are still unclear to me, beyond DC wanting a “different direction” for the book. I absolutely loved working with my art team of Sami Basri and Jessica Kholinne, and hope to work with them again soon. I’d also like to thank my immediate editors on the book. I had three editors over the course of four issues, but all of them were a pleasure to deal with: Brian Cunningham, Rex Ogle and Bobbie Chase, ably assisted by Darren Shan and Katie Kubert. Best of luck to everyone from issue #5 onward.

You can see a preview of Voodoo #4 here:

http://www.comicvine.com/news/exclusive-preview-voodoo-4/144026/

Cheers,

Ron


in stores this week

Big week for new books, as Witchblade #150, Magdalena #10 (from Top Cow), and The Storyteller hardcover from Archaia all hit shops.

Witchblade #150 marks my last issue on the title, bringing to a close my run of 71 consecutive issues, plus assorted mini-series and Annuals. It’s kind of bittersweet, because I’ve come to really love writing Sara Pezzini and her world. But Stjepan Sejic and I will be moving over to the Artifacts monthly series, starting with issue #14. Our last issue of Witchblade brings to a close the current chapter in Sara’s life, and sets the stage for what comes next.

Magdalena #10 is the second part of “The One True Cross” storyline, with art by Nelson Blake 2nd, David Marquez, Sal Regla and Dave McCaig. Beautiful work from all those gentlemen, as the story globe-hops from the mountains of Mexico to Seattle. I’m enjoying the hell out of writing Magdalena … pun intended.

Preview here: http://comics.ign.com/articles/121/1214582p1.html

And The Storyteller hardcover is an anthology based on the Henson television show, and contains an eight-page story by me and Craig Rousseau, a retelling of the Japanese fable “Momotaro the Peach Boy.” The fable part of the story was drawn on Canson paper by Craig, a technique I’ve wanted to include in a story for years, ever since seeing Craig’s Canson sketchbooks. I was actually able to pick up an advance copy of The Storyteller at NYCC, and it’s an absolutely beautiful tome, with Archaia’s trademark exquisite production. Other creators represented in the book are Jeff Parker, Marjorie Liu, Roger Langridge, Paul Tobin, Colleen Coover, Tom Fowler, Chris Eliopoulos, Jennifer L. Meyer and more. Nate Cosby, who also adapted an unused script from the show, pulled the whole thing together as editor.

Preview here: http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=preview&id=10749

Cheers,

Ron


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