Top Cow Chronology Part 1

Chronology of Top Cow universe... as I read on I try to bring order to the chaos :)

The rule is... if a story is told by someone in the modern days, than that is the point in it's proper chronological order (I made one exception in the Medieval Witchblade Spawn crossover)

This is part one. Go here for Part 2 and Part 3.

Go here for the future of the reborn univsere.

Top Cow Hunting List is a list of stuff I am trying to collect next.

If you wish to delve deeper into the Top Cow Universe head over to The Comic Source, where you can find the Top Cow Chronology Project, where every issue gets reviewed on air.

If you are looking for podcasts regarding specific issues, I will update each issue with the appropriate podcast episode number.

Summary (Spoilers):

This list covers the earliest entries in the Top Cow shared universe. Ancient egipt, pirates, Romans, knights and samurai all see themselves in between the epic and everlasting struggle of the Witchblade, the Darkness and The Angelus... with the Magdalena not far behind.

Further down the line you will find the beginnings of the current wielders, team-ups with Lara Croft, inter-dimensional clashes with Mephisto and Co. from the Marvel Universe as well as the first encounters of Estacado, Pezzini and the Magdalena.

All this ends with an epic show down where the Franceti women stole the Angelus, the Darkness had a change of heart (curtsey of Batman) and the Witchblade got all SadoMaso on the Darkness annihilating the ancient race of the Necrobi (sex demons) in the process.

Oh, and the Sonatine/Wenders storyline gets even more absurd ;)

Last update 2016-04-14

List items

  • Egypt 1000 B.C.

    Anubis shows Queen Raquel the path to the Witchblade, so that she might defeat Bastet, an ancient goddess, which enamored her to-be-husband Salah.

    Podcast episode #10

    X

  • Egypt 1000 B.C.

    The Witchblade dooms the queen, the goddess and Sallah and disapears in time and space...

    Kinda SPOILERISH Continuity Comment: To be concluded thousands of years later...

    Podcast episode #11

    X

  • Roman Empire ca. 60 B.C

    Podcast episode #12

  • Rome c. 229 A.D.

    Collected in Witchblade Distinctions

    Samantha returns to her celtic home village, only to find the roman occupation still there. Usuing the Witchblade, which was given to her by celtic druids she tries to fight the invaders.

    Podcast episode #13

    X

  • Northern Europe around 793 to 1066

    Collected in The Darkness Compendium Vol.2

  • Darkness #39

    Medieval Gastonia

    Evil vs. Evil... Darkness vs. royal ignorance and arogance... a city, that used to be utopic is to be wiped from the face of the earth, because of their decadent leader...

    Collected in Darkness Compendium 1

    X

  • 1175 Medieval England

    (#1 - 3)

    The Darkness invades Faire and only an unlikely alliance between the Spawn and a new wielder of the Witchblade.... Katarina, might save the doomed land of wonders... but what they all do not know... is that they are the puppets of the wizard Royale.

    Sequel Comment:

    Ooook, I stumbled upon this info by accident... it seems, that Royale appeared in another series by Top Cow called ARCANUM, I do not know what this was about, only that it had other crossovers in it too. I doubt I ever gonna get my hands on it, so I can only guess, that this story is yet another apocalyptic scenario...

    X

  • Lady Death & Medieval Witchblade

    Medieval England

    In an alternate universe the Witchblade wielder Katarina must join with Lady Death in order to save the world from a growing darkness.

  • 1213 Sicily

    Annabella, the heir to the throne of Sicily is beeing sheltered in secret by the monks called The Hand of God. Only when doom is iminent it turns out that this hand of god is the Witchblade, which is destined to lead Altavista to greatness...

    Collected in Witchblade Distinctions

    X

  • 1288 Yucatan

    Collected in Witchblade Distinctions

    X

  • 14th century

    Arabia

    Collected in Witchblade Rebirth Vol.4

    X

  • 1632 Japan

    X

  • The Darkness: Black Sails

    1671 Spain

    Magdalena Vs Darkness

    X

  • 1718 The Caribbean

    Collected in Witchblade Distinctions

    X

  • The Darkness #89

    Wild West Era in Spain

    Collected in The Darkness Compendium Vol.2

  • 1878 Colorado

    Collected in Witchblade Rebirth Vol.4

    X

  • 1897 New England

    Shadow and Flame

    Collected in The Darkness Compendium Vol.1 or 2 (have to check, sorry)

    X

  • Close your Eyes

    1912 California

  • Tomb Raider: The Origin of Lara Croft

    Continuity comment: Lara does cross over within the Universe quite often at the beginning so I decided to include her Origin.

    X

  • Tomb Raider Journeys

    Lara's solo adventure have little impact on the Top Cow universe, and this is true also for the Journeys line. But I kinda liked it, so I included it.

    The regular ongoing line will only be included, if it sets up a incoming crossover, or if it ends a crossover.

  • Collects Witchblade 1 - 8

    1997 Present NYC (Year One)

    Here are the podcast episodes for this arc

    #1-#7,#9

    X

  • Shades of Gray

    The Witchblade's past catches up with Sarah, we learn more of a former bearer and nemesis of the Witchblade.

    X

  • Witchblade: #9

    The Witchblade gives Sarah a vision about Anne Bonne.

    Collected in Witchblade Compendium 1

    X

  • Tomb Raider/ Witchblade

    Sara meats Lara for the first time chasing a brownstone with monstrous powers.

    Continuity comment:

    The placement of the Tomb Raider crossovers is somewhat tricky...

    Sara's issues get more and more serialized... the story arcs flow into one another, and there seems to be no real definitive ending to her adventures. So instead of forcing these later on and making the reading experience totally confusing I chose to put them here...

    The only downside is, that Sara has a better grasp on the Witchblade than she should have at this point, but she never really has any grasp on it, so this argument is kinda invalid (at least till issues past 80). But that is a minor thing, which most should not even notice.

    X

  • Witchblade: #10

    First appearance of Jackie Estacado, before attaining the Darkness power.

    Collected in Witchblade Compendium 1

    X

  • Witchblade: #11

    Collected in Witchblade Compendium 1

    X

  • The crossover between Top Cow and Marvel in which Mephisto attempts to gather all the souls of the Top Cow Universe so that he may return to the Marvel Universe more powerful than ever.

    Collected in Top Cow/Marvel: The Crossover Collection Vol. 1

    Additional note: This is the first time we meet people from the Cyber force. I have not really followed those stories, which are also part of this universe. But they do pop up from time to time.

    So, whenever I actually get around to read this stuff (Cyber force and/or Hunter Killer) I will include it, but do not count on this happening in the near future, as the early ones are extremely hard to get nowadays.

  • Arcanum is placed sometime after Sara got the Witchblade.

  • Witchblade: #12

    Collected in Witchblade Compendium 1

    X

  • Witchblade #13

    Collected in Witchblade Compendium 1

    X

  • Witchblade #14

    Collected in Witchblade Compendium 1

    X

  • The Darkness #1 - #6

    Jackie Estacado becomes the darkness.

    Collected in Darkness Compendium 1

    X

  • The First half of issue 1/2. This actually happens sometime during "Coming of Age"

    Collected in Darkness Compendium 1

    X

  • Witchblade/Tomb Raider 1/2

    The brownstone was stolen from Lara's collection and causes yet again major mayhem.

    X

  • Witchblade/ Tomb Raider

    X

  • Darkness 1/2

    Collected in Darkness Compendium 1

    X

  • Raquel, Part 3

    Most place this much later in their timeline, I guess their choice is based on release date of this issue. I prefer to put it here, because of the same reasons mentioned above, regarding the Tomb Raider cross overs.

    And there is no real indication on when these happened, so there is some room for creative freedom ;)

    X

  • Witchblade #15

    Collected in Witchblade Compendium 1

    X

  • Witchblade #16

    Collected in Witchblade Compendium 1

    X

  • Witchblade #17

    Collected in Witchblade Compendium 1

    Just in case you were wondering... this issue WITH its cliffhanger, IS the end to this story arc... it does not make any sense top me, but I can calm you... it will be explained much later on with a short throw-away-line.

    Now, THAT is one, big shift in creative direction.

    X

  • The Darkness #7

    Jackie tries to get a grasp on his powers, he even makes an attempt making a human female out of the Darkness, although it doesn't turn out quite as he hoped for.

    Collected in Darkness Compendium 1

    X

  • The Darkness #8

    The war Yakuza wages already on everybody in NYC escalates...

    Collected in Darkness Compendium 1

    X

  • Family Ties

    Witchblade #18

    Darkness #9

    Darkness #10

    Witchblade #19

    Collected in Darkness Origins Vol 2 Family Ties

    X

  • Witchblade #20

    Collected in Witchblade Compendium 1

    X

  • Witchblade #21

    Collected in Witchblade Compendium 1

    X

  • Witchblade #22

    Collected in Witchblade Compendium 1

    X

  • Witchblade: #23

    Collected in Witchblade Compendium 1

    X

  • Witchblade Vs Darkness 1/2

    Collected in Darkness Compendium 1

    X

  • Witchblade: #24

    Collected in Witchblade Compendium 1

    X

  • Witchblade: #25

    Collected in Witchblade Compendium 1

    X

  • Magdalena: Blood Divine

    X

  • The Darkness #11

    This issue boasts an impressive 15 different covers. It tells of Frankie's daughter Appolonia and how she wants to take over. She has a grudge against Jackie.

    Collected in Darkness Compendium 1

    X

  • The Darkness #12

    Collected in Darkness Compendium 1

    X

  • The Darkness #13

    Jackie's life is in danger. Sonatine and Apolonia Franchetti are ready to bring The Angelus back to life. But The Angelus will choose another host.

    Collected in Darkness Compendium 1

    X

  • The Darkness #14

    Collected in Darkness Compendium 1

    X

  • The Darkness #15

    The Magdalena Vs. The Darkness

    Collected in Darkness Compendium 1

    X

  • The Darkness #16

    The Magdalena Vs. The Darkness

    Collected in Darkness Compendium 1

    X

  • The Darkness #17

    The Magdalena Vs. The Darkness

    Collected in Darkness Compendium 1

    X

  • The Darkness #18

    The Magdalena Vs. The Darkness

    Collected in Darkness Compendium 1

    X

  • Witchblade: #26

    Collected in Witchblade Compendium 1

    X

  • Witchblade: #27

    Collected in Witchblade Compendium 1

    X

  • Witchblade: #28

    Collected in Witchblade Compendium 1

    X

  • Witchblade: #29<br>

    Collected in Witchblade Compendium 1

    X

  • Overkill

    Issues #1 - 2

    This story occurs definitely before the Darkness/Batman crossover...

  • The Darkness #19<br>

    Collected in Darkness Compendium 1

    X

  • The Darkness #20<br>

    Collected in Darkness Compendium 1

    X

  • Witchblade: #30<br>

    Collected in Witchblade Compendium 1

    X

  • Witchblade: #31<br>

    Collected in Witchblade Compendium 1

    X

  • The Darkness #21<br>

    Collected in Darkness Compendium 1

    X

  • The Darkness #22<br>

    Collected in Darkness Compendium 1

    X

  • Witchblade: #32<br>

    Collected in Witchblade Compendium 1

    X

  • Witchblade: #33<br>

    Collected in Witchblade Compendium 1

    X

  • Witchblade: #34<br>

    Collected in Witchblade Compendium 1

    X

  • Witchblade: #35<br>

    Collected in Witchblade Compendium 1

    X

  • The Darkness #23<br>

    Collected in Darkness Compendium 1

    X

  • The Darkness #24<br>

    Collected in Darkness Compendium 1

    X

  • The Darkness #25<br>

    Collected in Darkness Compendium 1

    X

  • The Magdalena / Angelus <br>

    <br> The Magdalena Vs. The Angelus

    Collected in The Magdalena Volume 1

    X

  • The Darkness #26<br>

    Collected in Darkness Compendium 1

    X

  • The Darkness #27<br>

    Collected in Darkness Compendium 1

    X

  • The Darknss Vs. Batman

    Collected in DC/TOP Cow Crossover Collection

    Comment: As crossovers go, there are some utterly bad ones all over the Top Cow Universe... BUT, THIS is probably the best inter-company crossover I have read.

    It is good written, but it also is essential to the all around tale of Jackie Estacado... If you want to know the whole tale you CANNOT skip this...

    X

  • Witchblade #36<br>

    Collected in Darkness Vol. 3.5 Flesh and Blood

  • The Darkness / Witchblade<br>

    Collected in Darkness Vol. 3.5 Flesh and Blood

  • The Darkness / Witchblade<br>

    Collected in Darkness Vol. 3.5 Flesh and Blood

  • The Darkness #28<br>

    Collected in Darkness Vol. 3.5 Flesh and Blood

  • Awaiting placement in chronology

  • Awaiting placement in chronology

  • Awaiting placement in chronology

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Posted By pax0707

I was making a Witchblade reading list, then came to a link to this.
Realised I have to start all over...