Monday, 7 May 2012
In which I fell in love with Top Cow
Posted by Scott Malthouse
Another Free Comic Book Day has been and gone and I hope everyone got what they wanted from the comic book fairy. I'm still working my way through my gratis stack but I had to stop and take a detour at one point to BUY LOTS OF COMICS - I blame Top Cow for this.
The publisher squirted a nice free comic from its benevolent udder on Saturday in the form of Witchblade, which treated us to a bit of an update on the world-mangling happenings in the Top Cow-verse along with a damn tasty story about flesh grannies and biker sorcerer chicks with assless chaps. Holy amazing. In fact, I was so impressed with what I read, I decided to obey the comic's beckoning call at the end where it said "continue the story in #155" and boy was I glad I did that. If I was a collar-popping douche I'd probably refer to Witchblade as "boss" but I won't, so I'll call it 'neat-o' because I'm white 'n' nerdy.
But I wanted - nay - needed more! "Aha!" I exclaimed as I browsed Comixology with fevered determination. They were selling Artifacts Vol 1, 2 and 3 for around £7, which is re-donk-ulous and I couldn't miss it. I gorged on this awesome event that gave me a bit more context about the Top Cow-verse as a whole and got me up to speed with where all the characters are at. It also, oh god, introduced me even more bad-ass characters that have mini-series and whatnot. Cyber Force, for example. The name's cheesier than Timmy Mallet's lovechild with Bette Midler, but that doesn't stop it from being awesome to the max, man. Sure, on the surface it seems like a facsimile of X-Men, but, well it totally is but it's still ace.
I was too far down the rabbit hole at this point. In fact, I was so far down it that I was coming across the fossilised remains of rabbit ancestors and soon I knew I'd strike bedrock. I found that the almighty Cow was giving away first issues of a bunch of titles, including Angelus, First Born, Velocity and a couple of Cyber Force thingies. I absorbed them all in one sitting and didn't dislike any of them. In fact, I liked all of them.
I'm in love.