Cracking Christmas Comics: A Guide To Comics This Holiday Season

by Oliver MacNamee

With the release of several holiday themed comics this week already, I thought it wise to offer you a selection of comics for this festive season, starting with a fair few titles that were out last week that you may have missed:

Klaus and the Crisis In Christmasville #1 – Out now from Boom! Studios

Eisner Award-winning creator Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman) and Russ Manning Award winner Dan Mora (Saban’s Go Go Power Rangers) reunite for a brand-new Klaus Special! An evil Santa from an alternate dimension has founded an evil soda corporation that uses Christmas and Santa as a marketing tactic to build their fortunes. Only Klaus can defeat the Pola Cola Corp and the zombie-like Santas that are in the evil Santa’s thrall.

DC Universe Holiday Special 2017 #1 – out now from DC Comics

DC Comics’ finest talents have assembled to bring you a holiday special like you’ve never seen before! Join Superman, Wonder Woman and the Flash as they deliver powerful messages of hope like only The Worlds Greatest Super-Heroes can! Plus: Sgt. Rock fights the Nazis on Hanukah, the Teen Titans take on the literal ghost of Christmas past, and Swamp Thing battles that creeping feeling of existential dread! And don’t miss the legendary Denny O’Neil’s return to comics with an all-new Batman story!

Betty & Veronica Friends Winter Annual Digest #257 – out now from Archie Comics

In the brand-new lead story ‘Girls On Tour,’ Mr. Lodge gives Betty, Veronica, Ginger, and Nancy a winter tour of the Lodge Estate-but no one could predict all of the chilly calamities that ensue!

The Wicked And The Divine Christmas Annual #1 – out now from Image Comics

Jamie said “It’s a shame we never saw any of the gods’ early funtimes,” and Kieron said “Yeah,” and then they looked at each other, and then called all their talented friends to do a Christmas album of (mostly) fan service! Inanna and Baal getting it on! Lucifer and Sakhmet getting it on! Dionysus giving Baphomet a lift in a crappy car! And more! This one has it all. From writer Kieron Gillen and art from Kris Anka, Chynna Clugston Flores, Carla Speed McNeil, Rachael Stott, Emma Vieceli and Matt Wilson .

Faith’s Winter Wonderland Special #1 – out now from Valiant Entertainment

Eisner Award and Russ Manning Award-nominated artistic sensation Marguerite Sauvage (FAITH, Shade the Changing Girl) takes the helm for a fanciful tale of Faith Herbert’s very first holiday extravaganza! As cheer fills the air, Faith ‘Zephyr’ Herbert is about to take a trip down the rabbit hole…and into a mind-bending winter wonderland where every day is something special! But hiding behind the tinsel, all is not what it seems… White rabbit meets red-nosed reindeer as Faith squares off against a realm of make-believe and merriment for a whimsical flight of superhero fancy, featuring the electrifyingly beautiful artwork of Marguerite Sauvage – one of the fastest rising stars in comics today!

And now onto some future releases starting with next week’s 2000AD, a 100 page bumper issue just in time for the holidays, and capping off an amazing year for this anthology comic that celebrated it’s 40th in style throughout this year in London, Enniskillen, Leeds and beyond. And, I was proud to be a part of that celebration too, in some small part. Thanks guys, it’s was a blast. Here’s to another 40 years of thrill-power overload!

2000AD #2061 – out Wednesday 13th December (UK only)/ 16th January 2018 (USA) from Rebellion

The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic rounds out its fortieth anniversary year with the traditional bumper Xmas special, a 100-page beast of an issue featuring a stunning line-up of creators and characters!

Bad Company are hunted men as they search for the truth behind the Ararat war in ‘Terrorists’ by Peter Milligan and Rufus Dayglo; the ABC Warriors are at each other’s throats as Mars descends into chaos in ‘Fallout’ by Pat Mills and Clint Langley; Merlin has awoken and unleashed the Motherless Men in Book 5 of Brass Sun, ‘Engine Summer,’ by Ian Edginton and INJ Culbard; Bill Savage discovers the reality behind the ‘Thousand Year Stare,’ courtesy of Pat Mills and Patrick Goddard; we flashback to a significant Justice Department character in a one-off The Fall of Deadworld story by Kek-W and Dave Kendall; Ace Garp celebrates the festive season in his own unique way, by Eddie Robson and Nigel Dobbyn; the long-awaited tale of what became of Starlord can finally be told, courtesy of Kenneth Niemand and Henry Flint; and lawman Judge Dredd is caught in a fix… Plus much more!

Die Kitty Die Christmas Special – out Wednesday 13th December from Chapterhouse Comics

T’was the night before Christmas… and Santa’s elves have been busy making dolls of that beautiful comic book witch, Kitty Ravencraft! The problem is no one wants them! Santa’s reading his list and checking it twice but no good little boys and girls are asking for Kitty dolls! Its up to Santa’s little helpers, the evil elves, Cranky and Lanky, to make the Kitty doll a red hot collectible by killing off the original Kitty herself! Do two little elves have enough magic to take out everyone’s favorite ma-gic maiden? Will they need the help of devilish Christmas critters like the cruelly cool Jack Frost and the Deer of Death, Adolph the Dead-Nosed Reindeer? Read the Die Kitty Die Christmas Special and see if Kitty survives the Holidays! Featu-ring an original story and art by Kitty co-creators Dan Parent and Fernando Ruiz!

Disney Princess #16 – out Wednesday 13th December from Joe’s Comics

Celebrate the season with Disney’s beloved Princesses in this hilarious holiday spotlight edition of new and fan-favorite comic strips! Featuring laugh-out-loud stories from the worlds of Ariel, Belle, Rapunzel, Tiana, Cinderella, Aurora, and more, this charming ongoing series will make all your royal dreams come true.

Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse Christmas Special – out Wednesday 20th December from IDW

All is not well in the far north. As the Arctic slowly melts, automation increases, and labor costs go through the roof, CEO Claus is under increasing pressure to answer to his stockholders and his lenders. Rebellion is in the air and only Wormwood can potentially come in to help-and hopefully not bugger it up too much.

You saw him take on the U.S. Government, now it’s time for Wormwood to tell if Santa’s been nice… or naughty.

I saw Wormwood killing Santa Claus! Underneath the mistletoe last night!

More Wormwood already? It’s a corpse-mas miracle!

Curse Words Holiday Special #1 out Wednesday 20th December from Image Comics

‘Tis the season…but not just on Earth! The Hole World has holidays too, and in this special CURSE WORDS event, you’ll see how Wizord, Margaret, and their pals celebrate the season. With looks into the cast’s pasts and visits from dearly departed wizard-y friends (hey there, Cornwall…), this one’s not to be missed. By Charles Soule and Mike Norton.

Hellboy: Krampusnacht #1 – out Wednesday 20th December from Dark Horse Comics

The only thing more exciting than pitting Hellboy against this Satanic spin on Santa is the team-up of Mike Mignola and Adam Hughes.