The World Doesn’t End in 2012. It Ends in 2011:
Countdown to Artifacts
Newsarama Note: This is the official prologue to the upcoming series Artifacts. The team at Top Cow Productions brings us an exclusive inside look at each of the mystical Artifacts, as Sara Pezzini, Danielle Baptiste, and Jackie Estacado give their unique perspectives on the sources of power. Come back each week for more information on the other Artifacts.
Part 2 has the Trinity evaluating Finn and Glori, the Ice and Fire bearers.
Separately, 13 Artifacts guide the fate of the universe. Together, 13 Artifacts will end the universe.
This summer, Top Cow Productions, Inc. kicks off the 13-issue world shattering event series with Artifacts #1. The first chapter, presented by writer Ron Marz and artist Michael Broussard, marks the beginning of the path that will forever alter the course of the Top Cow Universe.
Meet New York Police Detective Sara Pezzini, former mob enforcer Jackie Estacado, and aspiring dancer Danielle Baptitse. Respectively, each bear one of the central Artifacts that comprise the Trinity among the 13 Artifacts: the Witchblade, the Darkness, and the Angelus. Each force vies for power over the other, regardless of the ambitions of each host.
There are 11 weeks remaining until Artifacts begins.
Sara: Separately these 13 Artifacts are supposed to maintain a balance of power in the universe. Together, it’s more like Armageddon. To top it off, I’ve got a parrot in my office that won’t stop squawking about a battle of fire and ice. If I didn’t think it was onto something, I’d have shot the damn thing by now.
Jackie: Nice. And coming from a cop, too.
Sara: Smart mouth coming from somebody who’s never changed a diaper. Why don’t you try babysitting? Try sitting through Yo Gabba Gabba six times in a row and you’ll be looking to eat a bullet.
Dani: I hate it when mommy and daddy fight. Knock it off, you two. The Artifacts are a little more important. This whole mad rush was triggered only after we bumped uglies with that Ember Stone woman.
Jackie: Her name is Glorianna Silver. And if the Angelus actually banished her a** to someplace where the sun don’t shine… well, then you’d think being current host to the Darkness would provide me with some enlightenment to her whereabouts.
Sara: But how much of a threat is she? You seem to know plenty about her, Jackie. Ex-girlfriend of yours?
Jackie: Billionaire philanthropist. I assume she’s crazy because most redheads are … at least the ones I know. And she is absolutely obsessed with gathering all of the other Artifacts for her own purposes. I’d say item number three alone makes her an extreme threat.
Dani: Anything else? It’s not like I was the Angelus when all this happened. I missed out on Sara and you throwing down with her.
Jackie: No. Because if you had the power that you have now when we first encountered Glori, I doubt we’d be talking to you right now.
Sara: Careful, Jackie. You wouldn’t want to piss off the one person who’s convinced the Angelus to respect a truce with you.
Jackie: It’s not like I don’t have it covered. Her opposite and I have an agreement and I know he’s keeping tabs on her.
Sara: Your shanty Irish lackey?
Jackie: His name’s Finn. Michael Finnegan. Who better than the guy with the Frosty the Snowman rock, or whatever it is, to cancel out the flaming red dragon?
Sara: I don’t trust him. You’d think being an arms dealer would provide you enough skill to give a cop the slip, but he couldn’t even spy on me without screwing it up!
Dani: Seeing as Finn and Glori bear opposing Artifacts, both should feel compelled to seek out the other. Maybe it’s kinda like when the dark half of the Witchblade sought out the light half just to destroy it. Anyone else see recurring themes here?
Jackie: I trust Finn. He’s a thief and a thug, but he’s honest enough to say he has no clue what’s going on. Better than “Ember Stoned Orphan Annie” and her obsessive-compulsive rock collection. She’s too crazy to have made her fortune on her own. I just wonder who’s pulling the strings, making her chase all these Artifacts around.
Dani: I wonder how self-aware Glori is under the influence of the Ember Stone. Finn still seems right in the head, except for being all peeved that he keeps transforming into a giant ice monster.
Sara: If Glori is seeking out all of the Artifacts to bring them together, it doesn’t matter whether or not she maintains free will while she’s a giant fire-breathing dragon. She already wants to set the world on fire.
Jackie: I’ll side with Finn any day. Who needs a woman who will literally spit fire at you when Finn can just make like a popsicle and be the perfect bullet shield for me under the summer sun. I don’t mind the cold. I‘m pretty used to taking plenty of cold showers since I acquired a power that’s just waiting to replace me the moment I get any action.
Sara: If Glorianna has as much wealth behind her as you claim, she’s already bought herself influence. What good is a small-time crook against whatever army she can buy?
Jackie: Don’t forget, my guy has the Blood Sword. Simple math says two Artifacts must be more powerful than one. Take into account I know Finn got all I Ching and s**t and actually learned how to use a samurai sword. We should be worrying about Glori.
Dani: Finn bears two Artifacts, which means that’s two Glori doesn’t have to look for.
Sara: And who knows what his devotion or motivations are. I wouldn’t be surprised if Finn just drops the Glacier Stone and the Blood Sword in her lap. Felons aren’t exactly known for their strong moral convictions.
Dani: It’s more ominous than that. If bringing together the 13 Artifacts will end the world, what will possessing two of them do to Finn?
Interested in getting to know the Artifact bearers? Pick up Witchblade #136 and Broken Trinity: Pandora's Box #2 today! Magdalena #1, Darkness #84, Angelus #3 and Artifacts #0 also out now.