Impaler #5Media Release -- Top Cow Productions has announced that the sixth issue of the second season of Impaler will be cancelled. Impaler #5 and Impaler #6 will combine into a single issue set for a release in early January.

Writer William Harms will conclude the second season of Impaler in an action-packed showdown between the vampire hordes and Vlad, Victor, Wagner and his soldiers in Washington, DC. Along the way, Victor must fight for his life and come to grips with his new destiny.

As with the previous four issues, the over-sized finale issue will be painted by Matt Timson.

"Impaler has been incredibly well-received critically, with both William and Matt pouring blood, sweat, and tears into each issue," Top Cow publisher Filip Sablik said. "When we looked at the end of this second arc, we realized that it serviced the story better to combine these last two issues into a single over-sized installment. While it will delay the release of issue #5, the reading experience and the value for fans will be richer for it."

The six-part story line will be collected in a second trade in the spring of 2010, and the series will go on hiatus after #5. The oversized #5 will carry a cover price of $4.99.