Whilce Portacio to illustrate second Artifacts story arc

Top Cow has tapped Whilce Portacio to draw the second arc of their 13-issue event series Artifacts. The creator of Wetworks will follow Michael Broussard, the artist on the first four issues.

The 13-issue series, which will be drawn by four different art teams, weaves together storylines from several Top Cow books, including Witchblade, The Darkness and Angelus. The story revolves around 13 mystical artifacts that, when brought together, would bring about mankind’s destruction. A mysterious figure aims to do just that.

"This arc was specially set up for me," he told USA Today. "I like doing tech stuff, but I also like doing dark and moody. In this case, that moodiness revolves around supernatural stuff and that's right up my alley. This was a chance for me to artistically examine technology versus spirituality."

Another artist will take over the book with issue nine, and "a special guest artist" will draw the last issue. The series is written by Ron Marz.

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