Top Cow announces 2010 summer event "Artifacts"

The 13

We got news of Top Cow's next summer event called "Artifacts" it about those

13 Artifacts

and what would happen if they ever got together.

Top Cow announced today at San Diego Comic-Con that Ron Marz is writing the company's next big summer event for 2010:

Artifacts

.

"The 13 artifacts in the Top Cow universe tend to be the connective thread between a lot of the characters and the concepts. So this will bring virtually everything that's happening in the universe together by bringing these 13 artifacts together," Marz said of the 13-issue series. "The intention is to do this in a way that is, with the risk of sounding cliche, going to be the biggest, universe-changing story, in terms of permanent change. I don't know if we

can tell a bigger story than this."
As fans of Top Cow know, "artifacts" are objects of power that are important to the publisher's supernatural world, particularly in the comics The Darkness and Witchblade.
"The Darkness and the Witchblade and the Angelus Force are collectively known as the trinity and are supposed to be the most important among all the artifacts," Marz explained. "The Darkness is the dark side, the Angelus is the light side, and the Witchblade is supposed to be the balance between the two of them. And the other 10 have been shown here and there on occassion. The Magdelena character carries one of them, which is the Spear of Destiny. And we introduced a couple new ones at the end of Broken Trinity.
"We've kind of been scattering these things through the books, and finally, this mini-series event is going to identify all of them and bring all of them together," he said. "Finn is trying to stop the artifacts from coming together, but his opposite number is a woman called Gloriana Silver, who discovered the ember stone. Her obsession is to try to bring these artifacts together. And we've sort of given the idea that if these artifacts come together, it's not a good thing. This series is specific as to what happens when these artifacts come together."
As readers might notice, there are 13 artifacts and 13 issues -- and that's not a coincidence. "It's our intention to concentrate on one artifact per issue, but that might not be an absolute rule as we get into it because obviously, we want to make sure we get the story across in those issues," he said.
Artifacts will be the third act in a larger story that Marz has told through his last two crossover events for Top Cow, although Marz pointed out that this one is much bigger and has more implications than the prior ones.
"The last few years, Top Cow and I have done smaller-scalle crossover events. We did the first one, which was Sara Pezzini, who was the Witchblade bearer, having a baby. And last year we did Broken Trinity, which introduced some new characters and new artifacts into the universe," he explained. "Those were six-issue events, with three issues of the main title and three tie-in issues. So we generally kept these crossover things fairly small and manageable, as opposed to a huge Marvel or DC crossover, where you're talking about 30 or 40 books and $150 bucks or something like that.
"So we're essentially doubling the scale of what we're doing," Marz said. "It'll pull in a lot of different aspects of the Top Cow universe and the scope of it will be larger than any of the crossover events we've done before."
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Posted by pixelized

i'd read it

Posted by Lifeguard85

Im excited for it, love anything with the Angelus

Posted by pixelized

The Angelus is your fave?

Posted by Lifeguard85

Of the trinity, yep

Posted by pixelized

a year ago i probably would have agreed, but for some reason i have no attachment to that character.

Edited by Lifeguard85

its because they keep killing her host, which is why I hope Dani will be the new one

Posted by pixelized

She just seems lame, and barbaric.  And if Dani becomes the Angelus, i'm so done with Witchblade.

Posted by Lifeguard85

lol she is barbaric, but thats because she keeps losing, but she also wasnt originally intended to be the Darkness' equal, so they just have never known what to do with her IMO. I think they are going to be doing better things with her soon, and I'd perfer Dani over Finch and Sara. Finch is pointless and predictable and will allow the Angelus to easily be killed again and Sara's character shouldnt allow the Angelus to think she is a desirable host and Sara is a better WB wielder.

Posted by pixelized

Sara has 13 years of experience with the WB, it's time for her to move on.

Posted by Lifeguard85

the same could be said about Jackie, I dont think its fair to force Sara to move on and allow Jackie to continue being the Darkness. Nothing can get done if the bearers have to keep switching

Edited by pixelized
@Lifeguard85 said:
" the same could be said about Jackie, I dont think its fair to force Sara to move on and allow Jackie to continue being the Darkness. Nothing can get done if the bearers have to keep switching "
the 13 years thing was more of a reply to Sara being a better wielder. She's had it leaps and bounds longer than Dani, so to compare that seems unfair. 
Posted by Lifeguard85

I wasnt comparing how well they can use the WB, I simply like Sara's character better and feel that she has more of what it takes to last longer as a bearer than what Dani does. I would still think that if they both got the two halves of the Witchblade at the same time. It terms of control, Dani has done much more than what Sara was able to when she first started, considering how long Sara struggle with getting control over it.

Posted by pixelized

ok

Posted by frogger

I'll be looking forword to this story arc.

Posted by Termination Squad

I'm gonna get all excited like a kid in a candy store after I find out who the new WB is =D

Posted by Legacy_

Has anyone ever noticed this pic as of who is depicted as the Angelus?
Posted by KillerZ

I think it should be Lauren Franchetti, notice the metallic lines near the mouth, she was usually portrayed this way. She was seen both as blond and white haired also.

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Posted by Legacy_
@KillerZ said:
" I think it should be Lauren Franchetti, notice the metallic lines near the mouth, she was usually portrayed this way. She was seen both as blond and white haired also. "
Due to the hair I was believing this could be foreshadowing that Danielle would become the Angelus, but than again it could be Lauren.  I can't wait for the finale of War of the Witchblades.
Posted by pixelized

That picture is centuries old

Posted by Legacy_
@pixelized said:
" That picture is centuries old "
I know but to see the image with pure blond hair just made me wonder
Posted by BoOMbOoMpOw

I can`t wait !!!!! I wan`t to see more from Dani as the Angelus . Do you think that she will only command her warriors to fight for her or that she will fight herself ????

Posted by KillerZ
@BoOMbOoMpOw: I'd like to think that she would fight herself, Angelus didn't use much of her warriors in the past.
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Posted by Precise
@KillerZ: I agree, maybe when she's against multiple opponents. Such as a lot of Darkness minions or something.
Posted by BoOMbOoMpOw

really ? I didn`t read much comics with Angelus because I didn`t  like the bearers but every comic I saw with the Angelus  , she only commanded her warriors and I don`t want that the same thing  happens by Dani : (

Posted by KillerZ
@BoOMbOoMpOw: In the darkness books she mostly fought herself, she used her minions only in the beginning, when the darkness was first manifesting in Jackie.
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Posted by BoOMbOoMpOw

OK that`s good . I really thought that Dani won`t fight herself in the upcoming comics.

Edited by KillerZ
@BoOMbOoMpOw: Nah, Dani was created with the intent that Angelus force takes her over. She moves Angelus more into mainstream and not just as a villain anymore.
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Posted by BoOMbOoMpOw

Ok now I am relieved. = )