Top Cow Productions confirmed that the long awaited */Witchblade Volume 1 Compendium Trade Paperback/ collection arrived in stores this past Wednesday (December 6th, 2006). The impressive collection collects the first fifty issues of the flagship series in chronological order. Within the collection are works by such comic book luminaries as Paul Jenkins, David Wohl, Michael Turner, Randy Green, and Keu Cha as well as the first appearances of fan favorite characters including Sara Pezzini, Kenneth Irons, Ian Nottingham, and Jackie Estacado. The massive tome weighs in at 1248 pages of stunning full color for an economical $59.99.
Furthermore, Top Cow has teamed up with online comic industry leader, DrunkDuck.com to provide the first issue of Witchblade in its entirety for fans to preview for free at _www.drunkduck.com/Witchblade/_. The first issue introduces readers to the latest bearer of the Witchblade, New York City police detective Sara Pezzini and serves as an excellent jumping on point for new readers.
Top Cow also confirmed today that /Tomb Raider Volume 1 Compendium Trade Paperback/ would be in stores the week of December 13th and /The Darkness Volume 1 Compendium Trade Paperback/ would follow the week of December 20th. Fans can preview /The Darkness #1/ on DrunkDuck.com as well, featuring stunning art by Marc Silvestri and story by Garth Ennis, at _www.drunkduck.com/The_Darkness_Compendium/_.
"It's really cool to see an entire fifty issues of Sara's adventures collected in one volume. You get a real sense of the scope of the Witchblade property", said Filip Sablik, Vice President of Marketing & Sales, "And DrunkDuck has been a fantastic new avenue to show the work. We're seeing droves of new fans seeing these characters for the first time. The response has been phenomenal".
"Top Cow putting Witchblade on DrunkDuck means that the largest webcomics community around is now being exposed to a comic book that is legendary in the print world," said William Widmaier, Senior Vice President and Head of the New Media Group at Platinum Studios, which owns and operates DrunkDuck. "It's a win-win: Top Cow get a huge new fanbase, and the users and creators on DrunkDuck get Witchblade as part of their community. It shows how the future of print comics is tied closely to the webcomics world."