Michael Turner, the gifted comic book artist renowned for his spectacular female characters and modern mystical/sci-fi worlds, passed away on June 27, 2008, after a brave 8-year fight against cancer. He was 37 years young. In his short career, Michael developed a powerful, rich and sensual style that inspired a whole generation of artists. Everyone should check out his strong and seductive lines on Witchblade, Fathom and various Tomb Raider/Witchblade crossovers. I personally blame him for creating something so distinctive and attractive that, for a period of time, one couldn't buy an Image book that didn't look like a poor version of his work. He was a pioneer and a winner in the long battle for creator rights and a tireless presence at comic conventions, always gracious and available to his fans, even under extreme pain. I think back to that 2006 Fan Expo in Toronto, where he signed one of his stunning posters for me. He was so upbeat, I had no clue what he was going through. Reading subsequent interviews and seeing his continuous output of covers for DC and Marvel, I thought the man had won his battle. I was stunned to hear the news. His attitude in the face of death is one lesson I will never forget. I wish him an after-life where fiction meets reality, spent in the company of his creations. Hey, Michael, if that's the case, let us know. It would take away a lot of anxiety.