First Time Reader: Artifacts
by: David Pinckney
Admittedly I'm fairly new to the Top Cow universe. I've read some issues of Witchblade and the Darkness here and there but never really invested myself into the universe. Top Cow is putting out a lot of new material that makes it easy for readers to jump in with there one-shots, mini-series, and starting a new ongoing series like Magdelena. In addition to all of this Top Cow has put out a 13 issue mini-series called Artifacts.
Written by the man behind Witchblade, Ron Marz, I was interested in what this comic was about and after reading the first issue I'm hooked. I have no true in-depth knowledge of the universe and somehow, that doesn't even matter. Marz writes this in a way that new readers can enjoy this comic without any real prior knowledge. You can pick up all you need to know throughout the comic and he even adds a dossier of sorts to give a bit of a background on the characters you need to know about at the end of the comic.
For those of you who are familiar with the universe this won't be just a standard retelling of information. Yes some parts you may already know, but there seems to be enough new material that even those who are well versed in the Top Cow universe will enjoy reading this comic.
What we see in this comic is a story about a couple things. The most prevalent one is the idea that there are 13 artifacts, 12 known and one hidden. If the 13 are brought together it could destroy the universe. Pretty standard idea but the story telling here is great. We have two other plot points as well, one is a demonic creature looking for “he who was damned” and of a woman, Aphrodite IV, who wants to kidnap Hope Pezzini who is the daughter of Sara Pezzini (Witchblade) and Jackie Estacado (the Darkness). Why she wants the kid and who the “damned” one is unknown but I can tell that the journey to figuring this out is going to be fun.
From start to finish Marz engages the reader. It has a very compelling opening and a very surprising ending that will make anyone reading it want more. At times in this issue you may feel a little overwhelmed by all the information coming at you, but in truth it really isn't all that bad. The information reads like a fun narrative instead of like a text book which some comics mistakingly do when trying to convey important information to the reader. Marz balanced the action and information parts of this comic very well which keeps the story moving at a great pace.
Along with top notch writing, we have top notch art. Michael Broussard did the bulk of the comic and it looks amazing. There really isn't much else to say besides it is drawn very well, extremely clean, and it's just plain fun to crack open the comic and look at it. We also have great pencils from Marc Silvestri who does the supplemental “Orgin:Witchblade” at the end of the comic and it too is just a great piece of visuals.
So should you buy it? In short. Yes. It is completely worth the $3.99 price tag and will be a great place to start your way into the Top Cow universe. If this isn't your maiden voyage into the universe it will prove to be a fun read and clearly a fun mini-series to enjoy for the next 12 issues. If you have the extra money to spend don't hesitate and pick up this book.
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Published on: 2010-09-27 (2030 reads)[ Go Back ]