"Rising Stars" Returns to Stands This October

Official Press Release

The men and women of Rising Stars have returned. The eagerly-awaited conclusion to this 24-part story will be released by Top Cow Productions this fall, as Rising Stars #22 is scheduled to ship to stores in October, #23 in November, and #24 in January. Readers can get a sneak preview of the 1st eight pages of Rising Stars #22 by picking up Humankind #1, on sale in August. Written by J. Michael Stracynzski and drawn by Brent Anderson, Rising Stars tells the tale of the 'Specials' from Pederson, Illinois, where in 1969 a flash from the sky blessed the 113 children in utero with special powers.

"We've got all the remaining scripts in hand, and JMS does a great job in tying up all the loose ends to this story," says Top Cow Managing Editor Renae Geerlings. "It's a great ending; I think everyone's going to love it!" The preview of Rising Stars #22 will appear in Humankind #1, which ships with 3 equal covers by Tony Daniel, Marc Silvestri, and Greg Land, as well as a special sketch cover incentive book for advance ticket holders of the Wizard World Chicago convention this August.

As a special treat, Top Cow is including a four page "What Happened Before" synopsis in Rising Stars #22 to immerse readers in the layered storyline that led up to this issue. "The challenge of so many cool characters is keeping up with the individual storylines, but Stracynzski pulls it off beautifully," says Joel Elad, Director of Marketing. "We hope this bonus will encourage fans far and wide to pick it up and enjoy the magic."

Once Rising Stars #24 has shipped, Top Cow will release the 5 issue miniseries, Rising Stars Untouchable, written by Fiona Avery and penciled by Brent Anderson. This miniseries will cover the story of Laurel Darkhaven that wasn't shown in the regular pages of Rising Stars.

Top Cow was founded in December of 1992 and currently publishes its line of comic books in 21 languages in over 55 different countries. The company has launched 20 franchises (18 original and 2 licensed) in the industry's Top 10, seven 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 2000. 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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