Top Cow Comics in December

EXPECTED DECEMBER 3rd , 2008

The Darkness Vol 3 #8

(W) Phil Hester (A) Jorge Lucas (Cov) Jorge Lucas, Stjepan Sejic

Rattled by the events of “Empire,” and in less than full control of his Darkness powers, Jackie returns to the States and lapses back into his old criminal lifestyle. Unfortunately, he’s already the target of a cunning and ancient enemy, one who has put him in the crosshairs of the deadly Aphrodite IV!

JINGLE BELLE: SANTA CLAUS VS. FRANKENSTEIN

Written by Paul Dini, art by Stephanie Gladden, cover by Gladden and Greg Horn.

Paul Dini’s Jingle Belle comes to Top Cow in a special “Halloween collides with Christmas” one-shot.

In years past, Santa has triumphed over a variety of enemies including the Devil himself. Now, St. Nick gets ready to face his greatest challenge ever in Jingle Belle: Santa Claus Vs. Frankenstein!

Inspired by Mary Shelley’s original novel (sort of), the story of Frankenstein’s monster takes a new twist when he is found by Jingle in the Arctic wastes and “rehabilitated” to fit in with the elves at Santa’s Workshop. All goes well until an ultra-PC city declares Santa Claus taboo and awakens Frankie’s monstrous side in a misguided attempt to help his friend. It’s up to an ailing Santa and a reluctant Jingle Belle to stop their monstrous “apprentice” before he destroys the town and ruins the reputation of Christmas forever!

Broken Trinity : Witchblade # 1

(W) Ron Marz (A) Nelson Blake II (Cov) Nelson Blake II, Jeffrey Spokes
In the aftermath of BROKEN TRINITY, there’s a somber visit to a gravesite as Witchblade bearer Sara Pezzini is left to sort through her feelings for her baby’s father, Jackie Estacado, wielder of The Darkness. Meanwhile, The Angelus watches and plots, waiting for a chance to strike.

EXPECTED DECEMBER 10th , 2008

Darkness Lodbrok’s Hand

(W) Phil Hester (A) Michael Avon Oeming (Cov) Michael Avon Oeming, Massimo Carnevale

The unique stylings of superstar artist Michael Avon Oeming (Powers, Mice Templar) are a perfect match for a Darkness and Vikings tale!

In a barbaric age lost to history, mad kings sacrifice their subjects to strange gods, dragons fill the sky, witches weave their spells, warriors wade through bloodstained snow, and still The Darkness reigns. Lodbrok’s Hand is Viking mayhem on an epic scale with an intense twist only The Darkness can provide!

Witchblade # 122

(W) Ron Marz (A) Stjepan Sejic (Cov) Stjepan Sejic

Sara Pezzini is drawn deeper into Brooklyn’s Ultra Orthodox Jewish enclave, where an unspeakable evil has been unleashed and is slaughtering members of the community. Neither Sara’s detective training, nor the power of the Witchblade, have prepared her for what she’s about to face. Making matters worse, the crimes have attracted the attention of a newspaper reporter who is beginning to piece together the truth about Sara and the Witchblade.

EXPECTED DECEMBER 17th , 2008

Impaler #1

(W) William Harms (A) Matt Timson (Cov) Matt Timson, Sheldon Mitchell

The terrifying story that began in the Impaler Vol. 1 trade paperback continues with a new ongoing series from Top Cow!

Millions of vampires have descended upon America. In a desperate bid to defeat them, the U.S. military nuked New York City. Unfortunately, it was too little, too late. Humanity’s only chance rests in the hands of vampire hunter Vlad the Impaler and a small band of human survivors.

Witchblade Volume 1 Compendium (new printing)
The Darkness Volume 1 Compendium (new printing)

EXPECTED DECEMBER 24th , 2008

Cyblade #2

(W) Joshua Hale Fialkov (A) Rick Mays (Cov) Rick Mays

It’s “episode 2” of this Pilot Season winner!
Dominique, a.k.a. Cyblade, is still on the hunt for her former trainer, Stephen Rashell. With her new mentor at Cyberdata determined to turn Dominique into the killer she’s destined to become, the superpowered teenager must make a hard decision from which there is no turning back.

The Darkness Vol 3 # 9 / 73

((W) Phil Hester
(A) Michael Broussard
(Cov) Dale Keown, Stjepan Sejic

Jackie Estacado is taken prisoner by the rebels and the true villain in Jackie’s new life is revealed as “EMPIRE” rumbles toward its climactic conclusion! Writer Phil Hester (SUPERMAN: CONFIDENTIAL, GREEN ARROW) and rising star Michael Broussard (UNHOLY UNION) continue their redefining run on THE DARKNESS.

EXPECTED DECEMBER 31st , 2008

Witchblade #123

((W) Ron Marz (A) Stjepan Sejic (Cov) Stjepan Sejic

NYPD Detective Sara Pezzini wields half of the powerful ancient artifact known as the Witchblade. But now she faces a foe that predates even the mystical gauntlet, confronting a deadly horror that has descended upon Brooklyn’s Ultra Orthodox Jewish community. Could the biblical Angel of Death truly have been unleashed?
Meanwhile, the bearer of the other half of the Witchblade, Dani Baptiste, suspects one of her dance students is far more than she seems.

Dragon Prince #4

(W) Ron Marz (A) Lee Moder (Cov) Jeff Johnson, Ryan Sook

Imprisoned in a dungeon high up in the Himalaya Mountains, Aaron Chiang comes face to face with the father he always believed was dead – the Dragon King. Can father and son manage to escape from their imprisonment…or will one have to sacrifice his own life to save that of the other? The modern fantasy by Ron Marz and Lee Moder roars to its pulse-pounding climax!
Featuring a special variant cover by Ryan Sook (Countdown)!

Check out www.topcow.com for more details