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Artifacts #13 - "Artifacts" part 13 of 13; "Origin: Heartstone"

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The story, years in the making, reaches its conclusion. This changes everything in the Top Cow universe and lays out the groundwork for what's to come. Ron Marz teams up with Dale Keown in bringing the end and the beginning.

The mystery of the 13 Artifacts has been brewing for years and we've discovered they will play a huge role in reshaping the entire Top Cow universe.

The Good

While we've had some enjoyable art on this series, I was surprised (and pleased) to see Dale Keown here. The 13 Artifacts first were mention during Marz's run on WITCHBLADE and over the years and the build up has been worth the wait. With the fate of the universe at stake, all hope likes with...Hope, the daughter of Sara Pezzini and Jackie Estacado. Decisions have to be made and what happens is something that needs to be seen.

The thing to keep in mind is this issue is where Top Cow's 'Rebirth' takes place. It affects the entire universe. This was a plan thought of before the idea of rebooting comic universes were all over the news. What's great about this is it makes sense. It's not a firm reset. We may be just seeing the very first steps but it is definitely intriguing. Let's just say that Jackie does some things and is someone to keep an eye on. Also not only is there a bit of a twist at the end, there's actually about three.

If all that wasn't enough, there's also a back up story featuring the origin of Heart Stone by Marz and Tom Raney.

The Bad

As most likely intended, there will be some questions left unanswered after reading this issue. This issue is important in knowing why the Top Cow universe will have some changes but it's not exactly the best jumping on point for new readers (being that it's part 13 of 13).

I'm a little torn with how the big change happens. There was a lot of action and suspense building up throughout this story but it's a little anticlimactic the way it was executed.

The Verdict

This issue changes everything. The Top Cow universe will never be the same. "Rebirth" begins here and it's done in a way that sets up the characters for new readers but there are clearly hints that older readers won't get ticked off. You can see subtle hints that this is something that will have repercussions in the months to come. Marz planted the seeds of the 13 Artifacts years ago and it's great to see it finally come together. Having Dale Keown join in to handle the art was a great treat as well. If you're a fan of Top Cow comics or thinking of taking advantage of the "Rebirth," you'll want to get this issue so you'll be prepared for the big changes.

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Jonny_Anonymous

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It kind of annoys me that nobody cares to comment about this

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I care :D I loved Artifacts so far and I`m a little behind because I live in Germany and the comics here are released way too slowly :S And I totally freaked out when I heard that marz and sejic are going to continue artifacts as an ongoing :D !!!! YAAAAYYY

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As a long time Top Cow reader I can assure there has been some huge changes made that will make us long time readers feel new. I am excited to see how Marz developes the universe further in the on going Artifacts series.

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So, Top Cow is going to be opening itself up to new readers then? I've never read any of the series, but have always been curious about them. Can anyone recommend what would be best to start with? Also, has this series been collected in GN format as it sounds intriguing.

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I don't know anything about Artifacts, but I noticed they got Dale Keown to draw more than a couple pages. When's the last time that happened? A couple years atleast.

On a related note, I found a couple issue of Dragonforce, which was an indie book Dale Keown drew in the 1980s before his fantastic Hulk run and his black and white inks (and lettering) already looked great. Good stuff.

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@ChaosAgentLoki: I would suggest reading up The Darkness Accursed volume TPBs, the witchblade TPBs and of course the Artifacts :B

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@spiderbat87 said:

It kind of annoys me that nobody cares to comment about this

I know huh