Writer: Ron Marz
Artist: Stjepan Sejic
Letterer: Troy Peteri
Editor: Filip Sablick & Phil Smith
Publisher: Top Cow
Top Cow begins its first year-long event with this Free Comic Book Day special. For the incredible price of FREE readers can jump on board at the beginning and hang on to what looks to be a very long and exciting road ahead. From this point, new and old readers alike are on a level playing field and all you have to do is sit back and enjoy.
Top Cow has been gearing up for the Artifacts series for quite some time. I would be misleading you if I didn’t let you know up front I’m a bias fanboy who has been reading Top Cow comics since the very first issue of Cyberforce back in 1992. To say that I’m excited is a bit of an understatement, but I say it with reserve judgment as well. With the last few years filled with events and crossovers from the Big Two, can Top Cow put together a yearlong event that won’t put reader off or wondering “why?” I can only say as a fan – I hope not.
This particular issue sets the stage for the upcoming 13-issue series by introducing readers to Aphrodite IV. If you’re a long time Top Cow reader, you know her. If not, this issue gives you just enough about her to let you know her qualifications for the mission that is being presented to her in this issue. On top of that, readers are told the name of the thirteen artifacts that will be the focus of the event. Again, those readers who have been following along for the last year or so know some of these items, but all readers are given a quick overview of each artifact which I feel is a great addition to this book.
If you have been wavering back and forth on trying out Top Cow for the first time, I think this FREE comic book is a perfect jumping on point. So, Saturaday – May 1, get out to a local comic book shop and find a copy of this and read it. If you’re curious about getting a little more back story pick up the Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box miniseries that’s currently out. Other than that, I think you’ll be just fine. Enjoy!