It’s about damn time someone did something like this.  Top Cow just made us aware that, when you purchase Witchblade #144 (a special anniversary issue), you actually will get the digital version for FREE!

Top Cow Productions, Inc announced today their plan to make a digital copy of the special anniversary issue of their flagship title Witchblade FREE with every copy sold through participating retailers.

Witchblade #144 marks the fifteenth anniversary of Top Cow’s premiere title about a new kind of comic heroine. To celebrate this landmark and usher Witchblade into a new age of comics, Top Cow and Wowio ( have teamed up to offer a free digital copy of this issue with each physical copy sold. Participating retailers will receive download codes to distribute with each copy they sold which can then be downloaded.

“An anniversary like this one was something that we wanted to throw the kitchen sink at,” exclaimed the Director of Sales and Marketing Atom! Freeman. “So, not only have we put together a special anniversary issue with origin story, pinups and more, but we wanted to make sure that our digital readers also got a crack at it during the first 4 weeks.”

“Our partners in comics retail make this and the previous 15 years of Witchblade possible. So, not only will they be the exclusive place to receive one of these download codes, but we are then going to give participating retailers a credit toward future Top Cow inventory for every download credited to them by the fan.”

All fans need to do to receive their digital copy of Witchblade #144 on the same day as they purchase the physical copy is to log on to with a code available exclusively at participating retailers. The digital version of Witchblade #144 will be available for sale from digital distribution sources one month later.

Top Cow will be releasing details for retailers wishing to participate in this landmark event later this month.

“”Top Cow is a leading-edge player for the comics/GN space. This looks like a brilliant blend of digital delivery with bricks and mortar support.” says Wowio CEO Brian Altounian.

Witchblade #144 is currently available for preorder at fine comic shops worldwide.

We actually spoke about how we’d be perfectly fine paying $3.99 a book if we got the digital copy with the book.  It looks like Top Cow, smart guys that they are, had the same idea…or STOLE IT!  We’ve got our eyes on you!

Either way, sign us up for this – very exciting, and I hope it does well for them!