Top Cow's Pilot Season is all Spandexless / by Beth Scorzato


Every year since 2007, Top Cow has offered its readers the chance to choose its next series by offering a "pilot season." Each year eight titles are offered, each with a full story arc and major cliffhanger in issue one. After all eight are released, readers get to choose which story will be the publisher's next ongoing title. It's pilot season time again, Top Cow has announced synopses for all eight titles and it looks like all eight are Spandexless! (Though we could probably debate whether or not being an agent of God counts as a superpower).

Below are the official summaries for all eight books from Top Cow's website. Tell us what you think. Will you want to read any of these? Are there any that stick out as frontrunners in your mind?

The Test - Writer: Joshua Hale Fialkov, Artist: Rahsan Ekedal A group of eight people wake up in an strange enclosed area, not knowing who they are or how they got there. What they do know, however, is from a mysterious voice that tells them they must repopulate and save the world after an apocalypse. But is what they voice is telling them true?

The Beauty - Writers: Jeremy Haun & Jason A. Hurley, Artist: Jeremy Haun A new STD spreads across the world, but this disease you want to catch. It makes all infected people unspeakably attractive, but after the world's face lift, two detectives discover some nasty, undesirable side effects. Will the world decide to stay beautiful and die young, or life a sub-beautiful life?

Fleshdigger - Writers: Shannon Eric Denton & Brad Knee, Artist: Alex Sanchez A good samaritan gets killed protecting a woman from muggers, only to be raised from the dead by the woman he saved. A classic monster story with some fresh new twists. Can the good zombie samaritan exact revenge on his killers?

City of Refuge - Writer: Morgan Davis Foehl, Artist: Dennis Calero San Francisco becomes paradise after all its residents have a chip planted in them that removes all their violent tendencies. However, a drug is created that inhibits the effects of the chip, which cops and criminals alike use. Will these drug users settle their differences and create a real utopia?

Misdirection - Writer: Filip Sablik, Artist: Chris DiBari A fallen NASCAR star gets out of prison has a friend hook him up with a job driving some people around. What he doesn't know is his passengers are criminals, and he's become their get-away driver. When the job goes wrong, will the former NASCAR hero be able to drive fast enough to save his life?

Theory of Everything - Writer: Dan Casey, Artist: Thomas Nachlik A down-on-his-luck scientist develops technology that allows people to travel to other dimensions, but no one believes it works. At least, not until a bank in Switzerland is robbed by criminals in another reality with better technology. Can our world's technology combat robbers from another dimension?

Seraph - Writers: Lance Briggs & Phil Hester, Artist: Jose Luis A selfish young man kills himself, but gets saved from eternal damnation to do heaven's dirty work. If having a tough human life was hard, then being an angel trying to regain faith in God and fight demons with no rules is even worse. Is it possible to win God's grace fighting demons?

Anonymous - Writer: Alan McElroy, Artist: unannounced A former covert soldier fakes his own death to escape his handlers, but instead of letting his family know he's still alive, he creates a new identity to atone from his past sins. Can looking over his family as a stranger and doing good deeds really make up for a life time of bad choices?