First Born #1 gatefold Cover

Press Release

Top Cow Productions is pleased to announce First Born #1 will feature a triple gatefold panoramic cover to kick off the highly anticipated summer event. The cover will be fully painted by series artist Stjepan Sejic (Witchblade, The Darkness Level 1) and feature the forces of Light, Dark, and The Balance caught in the middle along with the supporting players. The first issue will also feature a second cover by Marc Silvestri (Civil War: The Initiative, Hunter-Killer).

Billed as the most important story to ever hit the Top Cow Universe, First Born promised to deliver with major shake ups and big revelations that will change the face of the world in three jam-packed issues. Erupting from the events of the ongoing Witchblade series, writer Ron Marz (Ion, Samurai: Heaven and Earth) finally reveals to fans the secrets behind Sara Pezzini's unexpected pregnancy. Pezzini first realized she was with child in the landmark Witchblade #100, but until now the nature of her pregnancy and the identity of the father have remained a mystery. At the start of First Born #1, Pezzini is on leave from the NYPD and no longer in possession of the mystical Witchblade. Unknown to her, epic events are unfolding around her. Agents of the Angelus are seeking a new host, but first they want mob boss and bearer of The Darkness, Jackie Estacado out of the way... permanently. The cold war between the forces of Light and Dark is heating up and Sara will be caught in the middle. Plus the stunning circumstances surrounding Sara's mysterious conception will be unveiled!

"First Born represents a big payoff for the people who have been following Witchblade, but it also serves as an introduction to the Top Cow universe as a whole. We've set out to make this a satisfying story for faithful readers as well as new readers, and to accomplish that in just three issues," commented writer Ron Marz, "Right now the trend in crossovers is these huge, sprawling events whose sheer scope can serve as a barrier to readers. With First Born, we're telling a story that first and foremost focuses on the characters, and has a beginning, middle and most importantly, an end"

"Stjepan originally sketched out this piece to be split into three separate images for First Born", commented Filip Sablik, Vice President of Marketing & Sales, "When we saw the masterpiece he'd created we decided it we had to go all out with a triple gatefold cover at no extra cost to fans to showcase his beautiful work."

First Born #1 is a 32 page, fully painted three issue limited series with a suggested retail price of $2.99. Additional information regarding First Born can be found at