Angela Mathers sits on the throne of Hell, unable to remember what her true purpose was – to open the book of Raziel and save everyone on Earth, in Heaven, and Hell. She still has ever-loyal Kim and her BFF Sophia by her side to try to help her recall these essential memories. Demons and angels alike plead with her to open the book and save them. Lucifel is ruling Heaven… and Hell… is well, a living hell. Whatever is a human turned Archon to do? That is the conundrum of Angelus: The Books of Raziel, the final book in the trilogy by Sabrina Benulis.
Angelus #3 Written by Ron Marz
Art by Stjepan Sejic
Letters by Troy Peteri Top Cow Productions
Release Date: April 14, 2010
When they say beauty is an eternal thing, they weren’t kidding. Meet the Angelus, they are the warriors for the side of light, one of a few that wield some of the most powerful forces in the universe, the other main two being the Witchblade and the Darkness (which are also two of the other major titles out by Top Cow Productions right now).
Danielle Baptiste could be considered your average woman, except for one thing: she is the current vessel for The Angelus, a source of power that embodies the bearer with the force of light. Before this though she had once held the power of the Witchblade, but those days are behind her. Danielle is returning home to New Orleans for a change and to reconnect with family. And to top it all off, Mardi Gras is going on at the same time. This of course means partying, parades, and costumes. But there is something else waiting for Danielle there, something that is hiding in the dark. Will the power of the Angelus be enough to fight off what awaits her? Or is her homecoming a death sentence?
Broken Trinity: Pandora’s Box #1 Issue 1 of 6
Written by Rob Levin and Bryan Edward Hill
Art by Alessandro Vitti
Cover Art by Tommy Lee Edwards Top Cow
Price: $3.99; Release date: February 24, 2010
Marvel and DC have been getting most of the mainstream buzz over big event storylines like Blackest Night and Siege, but they aren’t the only game in town when it comes to crossover events. Top Cow has debuted several crossovers in recent years that have introduced major changes for their characters, and that trend looks like it will continue in 2010.
For those who haven’t been following Top Cow closely as of late, the trend began with a mini-series called First Born. That series saw the birth of a daughter to Sara Pezzini and Jackie Estacado, better known as Witchblade and The Darkness, respectively.
In 2008, First Born was followed up with a mini-series called Broken Trinity. This event established Witchblade, Darkness, and an angelic warrior known as Angelus as the three primary forces in Top Cow’s supernatural universe. Their individual weapons became known as artifacts and by the end of Broken Trinity we found out the three were not alone, and that a total of 13 artifacts existed in the world.
Angelus #1 Written by Ron Marz
Art by Stjepan Sejic
Letters by Troy Peteri
Logo and Book Design by Phil Smith Top Cow
Release date: December 23, 2009
First of all, I’d like to know why it’s always the same people who get all the super powers. The same girl gets to be TWO superheroes, and I get squat. It’s completely unfair.
Spinning out of Top Cow’s Witchblade, Angelus follows the continuing story of Danielle Baptiste, former police officer and superhero Witchblade, as she relocates from New York to New Orleans. The relocation has more to do with just a change in scenery: she has now become Angelus, warrior of the Eternal Light, and with her new lesbian lover Finch, she is trying to navigate her new path in life. But she may be caught up in something she doesn’t understand. Her angel second in command Sabine plots behind her back and dispatches a team of warriors into the depths of Hell to retrieve a mysterious object.