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Art Of Top Cow Hardcover [Hardcover]

Marc Silvestri , Michael Turner , Joe Benitez
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Sept. 15 2009 1607060558 978-1607060550
For the ultimate Top Cow art fan and for anyone who simply loves the comic book art form, The Art of Top Cow is a gigantic collection that combines The Art of The Darkness, The Art of Witchblade, and The Art of Marc Silvestri, plus select additional pieces drawn by some of the best artists working in comics today. Featuring the top characters in the Top Cow Universe, and, more prominently, the work of Top Cow's founder, Marc Silvestri, this is the definitive art collection for the ultimate fan.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lavish visual treat of comic art Dec 10 2009
By Parka HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Length: 0:26 Mins
Mine's the paperback version and it's really huge and thick. This 320-page volume collects some of the best works from Top Cow. You'll see art from Witchblade, The Darkness, Cyberforce, Aphrodite, The Magdalena, Hunter-Killer, Universe, Weapon Zero and other smaller titles.

If you read Top Cow comics, you should know of the high quality of art. The illustrations are reproduced brilliantly and in high resolution showing all sorts of detail down to the minute brush strokes. There's no commentary but every illustration is credited. Some of them also come with the pencil sketches and layout before the inking stage.

The impressive lineup of artists whose work are featured, just to name a few, are Marc Silvestri (who drew the cover), Michael Turner, David Finch, Frank Cho, John Cassaday, Greg Horn, Jim Lee and many more. The work from them are really top notch ' the colouring, line art, design, etc.

I think there might be some duplication of work if you have other Top Cow art books, which I don't. The book description says that it combines The Art of The Darkness, The Art of Witchblade, and The Art of Marc Silvestri, together with additional work from other artists. If you don't have the other books, this volume is pretty much the collectors edition.

Recommended to all Top Cow and comic art fans.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars All the Top Cow's in one place March 9 2013
By keefsey
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I purchased the Hardcover edition of this book.

The Art of Top Cow includes art work from Witchblade, Aphrodite IX, Magdalena, The Darkness, Cyberforce and others. The bulk of the book is made up of Witchblade and Darkness pages and the rest is a mixture of the other series. This is somewhat understandable since they were the two flagship titles for a while.

This book is all pin up art. There are no sequential pages, sketches or anything else like that. If pin up art if not your cup of tea, you probably will not enjoy it much.

As for production quality, the book is top notch. High quality paper and bound nicely.

You can regularly find this book on sale, so if you are not in a hurry, wait for a decent price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch artists Aug. 29 2012
By chris
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Wow! This was a really big, very thick, book! The illustrations were fantastic! and I shopped early enough to get a really good price for it! This book is worth so much more than I paid. The Artist at TOP COW are awesome!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Angels and Demons and Lascivious Ladies July 21 2009
Format:Hardcover
How do you define art? One story that helps me understand the very human concept of artistry is the painting of an old chair. Consider any old chair that you could buy for a song at a thrift shop or find at the curbside on garbage collection day. For all intents and purposes the chair has almost no value. But suppose Van Gogh were to have made a painting of that same chair in his inimitable style. That painting would be priceless though its subject be worthless. That is the paradox and the logic behind what we call art: transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary, making concepts truly sublime.

Consider similarly the fine line between pop and art in the field of music. Some songs are obvious throwaways, meant to move some bottoms on the dancefloor for a few weeks until being relegated to one-hit-wonder retrospectives. Other music stands the test of time and is passed on from generation to generation like the cultural treasure that it is.

So too we have in comic books the same conundrum. What can truly be classified as art, like the classic panels of the silver age? What is meant for the 50-cent comic bins, like all those wild specialty covers and gimmicks of the early nineties?

By its very title, the massive coffee-table book The Art of Top Cow would hope to be classified as art. A simple inspection of its contents has me begging to differ. The entire book is riddled with exploitative poses of women who are unbelievably scantily clad appearing ridiculously calm in outrageously dangerous situations. The overall impression, is that yes, Mark Silvestri has done something amazing in raising up a stable of extremely capable and talented artists at Top Cow in the wake of Image's boom and bust.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lavish visual treat of comic art Dec 10 2009
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Mine's the paperback version and it's really huge and thick. This 320-page volume collects some of the best works from Top Cow. You'll see art from Witchblade, The Darkness, Cyberforce, Aphrodite, The Magdalena, Hunter-Killer, Universe, Weapon Zero and other smaller titles.

If you read Top Cow comics, you should know of the high quality of art. The illustrations are reproduced brilliantly and in high resolution showing all sorts of detail down to the minute brush strokes. There's no commentary but every illustration is credited. Some of them also come with the pencil sketches and layout before the inking stage.

The impressive lineup of artists whose work are featured, just to name a few, are Marc Silvestri (who drew the cover), Michael Turner, David Finch, Frank Cho, John Cassaday, Greg Horn, Jim Lee and many more. The work from them are really top notch -- the colouring, line art, design, etc.

I think there might be some duplication of work if you have other Top Cow art books, which I don't. The book description says that it combines The Art of The Darkness, The Art of Witchblade, and The Art of Marc Silvestri, together with additional work from other artists. If you don't have the other books, this volume is pretty much the collectors edition.

Recommended to all Top Cow and comic art fans.

(More pictures are available on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Cow Rocks! Feb. 18 2010
By Bookworm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
No doubt about it, this book is filled with tons of artwork by many, great artists of Top Cow. With 300 plus pages of pictures, this book is pretty thick and will not disappoint. I bought the paperback version, which, to my dismay, came in the mail with the corners of the book bent and the ream a little torn. Nonetheless, I waited a while for this to get here, so I'm going to keep it as it is. Regardless, this book will keep you coming back to it again and again. From The Witchblade to The Darkness, this book covers several of Top Cows past and current comic books.

There aren't descriptions for the images, only captions detailing who creating the artwork. No big deal because that's all I care about anyways. They made a wise decision not to fill it up with text and let the images speak for themselves. It would have been interesting to read the insight of some of the artists, but that might have made this book even thicker.

I have a feeling that within a few years, they're going to make a second volume after this ones huge success. Do not pass up this book, especially at the awesome price on Amazon!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bursting at the seams with yummy Top Cow goodness Nov. 20 2009
By Geoff Thornton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I have to make a confession... I am new to the amazing artistry that is Top Cow. However, after seeing the paperback version in a local bookstore, I was immediately hooked.

The hardbound edition is even more collectible and worth the small premium in my opinion. This is truly a compendium of some of the finest illustrations I have ever seen together in one volume. You'll find yourself going through this collection time and time again, marveling over the exquisite detail and luscious colors on each page.

Yes, there are a few pencil drawings, but if they weren't amazing enough on their own, you get to see them colored in breathtaking fullness on the next page. That visceral transformation alone is worth experiencing time and time again.

You may think I am being over generous in this review, but there is no way I can adequately convey the visual bliss you will experience once you get this massive tomb in your hands.

I can truly say I have fallen in love... with a Cow
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Cow is Top of the Heap!!! Jan. 6 2010
By Dax S. Torres - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is how an Comic Art Book should be done! I have been very disappointed by similar releases by Marvel where they only scanned the cover of a comic and not shown us the (and this is the phrase) virgin images (sans logos, text, bar codes, etc). This amazing over sized (and very heavy) book is filled with images from all of their major books, and several of their minor ones.

The only entry not present that I really missed was Lara Croft's Tomb Raider but I'd wager this is more of a licensing issue with Square Eniox Europe (formerly Eidos Interactive) than an oversight but the images are sorely missed.

I highly recommend buying the Hardcover as it is a good savings and superb format!

PS: I received the Witchblade version as opposed to the Darkness cover thumbnailed here. There are apparently 2 covers, you are not getting the wrong book (FYI).
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Coffee Table Book for the Comic Fan Feb. 18 2010
By Neel Gandhi - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you, like me are a fan of the comic art style but have had trouble finding the right coffee table book to put out in your living room than you dont have to look any further. This is the definitive book for you.

Pencil Work:
The lines are graceful and determined. The pencil work is as you would expect top notch for a great comic book publisher. The devil is in the details they say and the pencil work on the details is fantastic like the objects in the scene are so well done its surreal.
5/5 Stars

Coloring:
The colors are vibrant and the reproduction to large format print is amazing. A lot of these images were taken from comic books which format is obviously smaller and they have scaled well. The colors just jump off the page. I wish I could frame some of these images!
5/5 Stars
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