Official Press Release
Rising Stars: Untouchables, a new five-issue series originally solicited bi-
monthly to start in September, is being resolicited as a monthly title to start
in April 2004. Artist Brent Anderson has the unique opportunity of splitting
his time between pencilling this title and Astro City, and the rescheduling
will allow him to complete several issues of this series in advance to ensure a
timely shipping schedule.
“Rather than put out issue #1 now and have fans wait months until the next
issue is ready, we figured we’d wait, give Brent plenty of time to do several
issues, and resolicit it so fans can follow it on a monthly basis,” says editor
Written by Fiona Avery with story edits by J. Michael Stracynzski, Rising
Stars: Untouchables tells the story of Laurel Darkhaven, one of the 113
Specials from Peterson, Illinois. While her telekinetic power seemed
unimpressive while she grew up, the CIA recruited her with the promise of
serving her country. Instead, she was forced into wetwork operations and turned
against the Agency to find the employer responsible for her missions. The
series chronicles her life from high school graduation to the moment she dies
in Poet’s arms.
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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