Top Cow Sneak Peek of the Week

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It’s a big week for Top Cow. The publisher has four titles hitting stores on December 4, 2008.  The company has sent Major Spoilers a sneak peek of Jingle Belle: Santa Claus vs. Frankenstein, the Darkness #8, Broken Trinity: Witchblade, and Zero-G #3 from Spacedog Entertainment.


Jingle Belle: Santa Claus Vs. Frankenstein
(W) Paul Dini       (A) Stephanie Gladden       (Cov) Stephanie Gladden, Greg Horn

Paul Dini’s JINGLE BELLE comes to Top Cow in a special “Halloween collides with Christmas” one-shot written by Dini and drawn by Stephanie Gladden (POWERPUFF GIRLS, CHOWDER, HOPSTER’S TRACKS). This kicks off the brand-new Dinicartoons imprint at Top Cow.

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!

Cover A – Stephanie Gladden
Cover B – Greg Horn

Full Color      32 pages        $2.99       one-shot

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The Darkness #8
(W) Phil Hester     (A) Jorge Lucas     (Cov) Jorge Lucas, Stjepan Sejic

Rattled by the events of the “Empire” storyline 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!

Cover A – Jorge Lucas
Cover B – Stjepan Sejic

Full Color      32 pages        $2.99       ongoing series

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Broken Trinity: Witchblade
(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.

This is one of three, stand-alone issues to tie into the BROKEN TRINITY miniseries, featuring the fantastic art of Nelson Blake II (G.I. JOE: RELOADED) and one of three alternate covers by Jeffrey Spokes (SADHU: THE SILENT ONES).

Cover A – Nelson Blake II
Cover B – Jeffrey Spokes

Full Color      32 pages        $2.99       one-shot

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FROM SPACEDOG ENTERTAINMENT:
Zero-G #3 (of 4)
(W) Alex Zamm      (A) Jason Badower         (Color) Annette Kwok       (Cov) Jason Badower and Annette Kwok

Stranded on an asteroid populated by gigantic, ravenous, man-eating space worms, things finally start to look up for our small band of survivors when they are rescued by a group of robot miners. When the robots reveal they have a working spaceship, our heroes finally see a way off the asteroid. The alien ship is capable of running on plain water, of which our team has more than enough of back at their destroyed vessel. As they form into small teams to recover the H20, Atom continues to have bizarre physical reactions from his exposure to the mysterious alien crystals. Evelyn has similar reactions when she is “infected” by the crystals during a battle with the worms. While trying to evade the creatures, Atom and Evelyn take a detour through a tunnel that leads them straight to the core of the asteroid. It is there they discover the well-hidden secret about the true purpose and nature of the asteroid.  But in making this discovery, they have put Earth itself at risk and forever altered the course of humanity.

Full Color      32 pages        $2.99       limited series

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