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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Top Cow Productions/Image Comics (Sept. 15 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607060558
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607060550
  • Product Dimensions: 31.2 x 25.9 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #871,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Parka HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Dec 10 2009
Format: Paperback
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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 By keefsey TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 9 2013
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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By chris on Aug. 29 2012
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 By Adam P. "pendragonspost.blogspot.com" on 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
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
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
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
Picked this up today Jan. 2 2011
By Artiphats - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I usually get my books on Amazon, but I had seen this in my local Borders and had a 50% off coupon plus another $5.00 in Borders Bux that they gave me. This is a beautiful book and I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of comic book art. I don't own The Art Of Marc Silvestri, The Art of Darkness, or The Art of Witchblade, so I would have gladly paid more for this book if I had to. The prints are very high quality, most of them are full page prints, and there is a good variety of artwork. I hope they do a part 2, I will pick it up immediately if they do. Just a bit of extra information, this is a "gallery" type of art book, not a how-to draw book. A couple of the artists whose work is featured here have how-to DVD's through the Gnomon Workshop, and you can find those DVD's here on Amazon. The Gnomon DVD's are some of the best in artist training, search Amazon or go to thegnomonworkshop.com for more information.

Just a plug to Amazon, even though I got this book elsewhere I did recently order Exodyssey with artwork by the Steambot Studios team, and Art Models 5. Amazon shipped immediately and I got the books literally the next day, even though I chose 2-Day shipping. Good job Amazon!

I highly recommend Exodyssey to fans of concept art and science fiction themed art, FYI.

Art books FTW!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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).


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