Artifacts # 1

The Search Is On

The beginning of the end?

August 4, 2010
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Publisher: Top Cow
Writer: Ron Marz
Artist: Michael Broussard

The Event FIVE Years in the Making!  Thirteen mystical Artifacts, including the Witchblade, the Darkness and others, guide the fate of the Top Cow Universe. For centuries, it’s been whispered that bringing together all 13 Artifacts would herald mankind’s destruction. But a mysterious figure has been manipulating events, laying plans to put Armageddon into motion.

Ron Marz brings about a great start to this series. The story draws you in, keeps your attention, and leaves you wanting more.  The universe Top Cow has created here is so unique and different; it’s a refreshing break from the normal superhero outlook.  Unlike so many books from the big 2, you can pick up these stories, and not feel lost.

This series starts with the appearance of two of the Artifacts that will come into play, the Witchblade and the Rapture. Tom Judge, the bearer of the Rapture Artifact, is supposed to be in Hell for eternal damnation.  He suddenly finds himself out of Hell, and in an old antique shop. The owner, known as The Curator, is surprised as well. He explains to Tom what’s been happening, and how his Artifact is one of thirteen. Twelve of the Artifacts have bearers, and the thirteenth is hidden. Separately, they all wield immense power, together, they can destroy the world, and someone is after the thirteenth.

Sara Pezzini, a NYPD detective, is the bearer of the Witchblade.  Her daughter, Hope Pezzini, is also the daughter of Jackie Estacado, the bearer of The Darkness.  While Sara works, her sister is watching Hope at a park. Watching them is a member of the Angelus warriors, and at night, one of Jackie’s Darkness demons. Unfortunately, no one survived what came next, Hope’s abduction by Aphrodite IV (an AI mercenary sent to kidnap Hope).

What’s going to be interesting in this series, is how all the Artifacts will come in to play. Something evil is pulling the strings, and the world will be forever changed. I guess that’s life. Evil is always at play, and when we let it pull our strings, things are never the same. The good news is, when we let God take control, He puts everything back in order, and works harder than we know to keep it from slipping into chaos.  I see the Curator as being that God like figure. His job is to observe, keep everything in order, and on occasion, orchestrate but not participate. God is much like that and more.

I look forward to the rest of this series.  Top Cow continues to amaze. A caution, these stories are not for children. The content and language is for adults.  So if you can get past the occasional curse words and violence, I am sure you will enjoy this as much as I do.

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I am an aspiring writer and artist who loves comics. I've loved comic book characters for awhile, and have now gotten back into the genre to read up on my favorites. I am married to a beautiful woman and father to a beautiful little girl. I live in Orange County, CA

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