Top Cow Unveil Preview of Witchblade #128
posted Jun 27, 2009 12:15 PM by vu sleeper [ updated Jun 27, 2009 12:18 PM ]
Preview: Witchblade #128
Saturday, June 27, 2009
One of the highlights - if not the
highlight - of the forthcoming new comic releases will be Witchblade
#128 - part 4 of the 6 part War of the Witchblades story arc.
is always a great read and I'm particularly enjoying the current War of
the Witchblades story arc. Last months issue ended on a great
cliff-hanger - Dani has fallen from the roof of a 3 or 4 story building
into the alleyway below while Sara lies in a pool of her own blood
having been speared by Sabine, who proudly proclaims that Sara is dead.
months issue comes with a choice of 2 covers: cover A from Stjepan
Sejic and variant cover B from Luke Ross (from the Captain America
title). Ross's cover features a dramatized pose of Dani holding Sara's
lifeless body as other characters look on from the background. I've
read that it's a direct homage to the cover of Uncanny X-Men #136 by John Byrne and is similarly inspired I understand by the cover of Crisis on Infinite Earths #7 by George Pérez.
Top Cow have again released a number of preview pages for their forthcoming title - take a look at them courtesy of Broken Frontier, The Flick Cast and Comic Book Resources (who also feature a very nice San Diego Comic Con exclusive cover).
Witchblade #128's Crisis Homage Cover
posted Jun 4, 2009 2:24 AM by vu sleeper
LOS ANGELES, Calif., June 3, 2009 – Top Cow Productions, Inc. unveiled an homage cover variant provided by artist Luke Ross (Captain America) for Witchblade
#128. The issue, which is scheduled for release on July 8th 2009, is
the forth installment of the six-part “War of the Witchblades” story
Two covers of Witchblade #128 will be available: one by series artist Sejic and the homage variant cover by Luke Ross (Captain America).
The cover created by Ross depicts a dramatized pose of Dani holding a
mortally wounded Sara as other characters look on from the background.
It is a direct homage to the famous 1980 John Byrne cover of Uncanny X-Men #136 and similarly inspired by the George Pérez cover of Crisis on Infinite Earths
#7. Both covers are regarded as one of the most recognizable and
“homaged” cover illustrations in comics. Comic Vine calls it the “The
‘Stand with a dead loved one in your arms expressing grief to the sky’
cover,” although the image arguably has inspirational precedents that
date back to the earliest paintings and sculptures of the Pietà. The
use of the homage cover for Witchblade #128 signifies the major plot developments and character conflicts that are central to the “War of the Witchblades” story arc.
“Obviously things don’t look too promising … for Sara or anyone else … by the end of Witchblade
#127,” explained writer Marz, “The Luke Ross cover for issue #128
definitely takes that in account, and gives us a chance to homage two
of the great covers in the history of comics in John Byrne’s Uncanny X-Men #136 shot, as well as the George Perez Crisis #7 image. If there was ever a time for this kind of cover on Witchblade, it’s now.”