Marc Silvestri returns to comics

Official Press Release

Top Cow founder and Image Comics co-founder Marc Silvestri returns to the drawing boards after a two year hiatus to pencil the first two story arcs of Inferno: Hellbound. Also co-writing the series with Top Cow Editor-In-Chief David Wohl, Silvestri will continue to write Inferno: Hellbound with the third arc where originally scheduled series artist Dwayne Turner will take back over as penciler.

"I've been looking for an exciting project to bring me back into the realm of comic book art and I've found two of them," says Top Cow founder Marc Silvestri. "The first one is going to be this Inferno project and the second one has not been announced yet, but will be launching in Spring of 2003."

"Inferno is one of the most exciting stories we've done to date," says Top Cow President Matt Hawkins. "It's the favorite story and project of everyone in our editorial and production staff. This is unlike anything anyone has seen from us before."

In the story, the gateway to Hell is opened on Earth and it's discovered that the lock can only be sealed from the inside. Only those destined for Hell can enter there, so a group of murderers and thieves are rounded up to infiltrate the dark domain.

"With both Marc Silvestri and Michael Turner back in the studio drawing on a regular basis again, it's an exciting time to be at Top Cow," says writer/editor-in-chief David Wohl.

Top Cow was founded in December of 1992 and currently publishes its line of comic books in 18 languages in over 55 different countries. The company has launched 17 original franchises in the industry's Top 10, six at #1, a feat accomplished by no other publisher in the last two decades. Its flagship franchise Witchblade was TNT's #1 original film of last year and is now an ongoing television series for the network. Virtually all of Top Cow's other properties are in development as feature films, live action television or animation. Top Cow has also successfully licensed and merchandised its franchises into toys, statues, clothing, lithographs, puppets, posters, shot glasses, lighters, lunch pails, wall scrolls, mouse pads, die cast cars, calendars, Christmas ornaments, Halloween masks, trading cards, standees, video games and role playing games.

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