Just as the holidays mean a bevy of TV specials, from the red-nosed reindeer to the melancholic little boy with the ailing Christmas tree, comics are no stranger to giving fans a little something extra come Christmastime.
Three such yuletide floppies will appear on the racks Wednesday, though only one will feature Santa Klaus fighting a dark-mirror version of himself who kidnaps children so a race of aliens can siphon their imaginations as a means of nourishment.
What’s that? Why, yes, Grant Morrison did write it. Why do you ask?
BOOM Studios’ “Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville” is the third go-round for Morrison and artist Dan Mora’s dark-fantasy warrior version of Santa, following a 2015 miniseries and a 2016 special.
BOOM presents a twisted take on Christmas in 'Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville'
The following is solicit text 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.
This time, Klaus visits a Christmas-all-year town in 1980s Delaware run by a soda corporation looking to trademark the holiday — and Santa — by smearing the reputation of the real thing, with the aid of Klaus’ aforementioned dark-mirror doppelganger, who looks suspiciously like DC Comics’ Lobo.
Old-school comics fans may remember the 1991 “Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special” in which the Main Man murders the jolly old elf.
Speaking of DC, the Big Two publisher has its own holiday special out, featuring snow-kissed stories starring Superman, Wonder Woman and the Flash; Sgt. Rock; the Teen Titans and Swamp Thing, written and drawn by a host of A-list talent including Christopher Priest, Jeff Lemire, Denny O’Neil, the Q-bee nominated Tom King, Greg Rucka, Rafael Albuquerque and Steve Epting.
Finally, from Valiant, fan-favorite Faith mixes Christmas with “Alice in Wonderland” for a fun yuletide tale, written by Marguerite Sauvage and drawn by Francis Portela and M.J. Kim.
Valiant gives Faith her own holiday special, out Wednesday
The following is solicit text from Valiant:
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!
Written by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE; Art by FRANCIS PORTELA and M.J. KIM; Cover A by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE
Non-Christmas books out this week
Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II #1 of 6: The team-up so nice, DC and IDW had to do it twice. A little cross-dimensional travel leads perennial Bat-villain Bane to become a New York crime boss in a new story written by James Tynion IV (“Detective Comics”) and drawn by Freddie Williams II.
DC, IDW reteam Batman with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The following is solicit text from DC and IDW:
Gotham’s Dark Knight joins forces with New York’s Heroes in A Half-Shell this December as DC Entertainment and IDW Publishing on Wednesday announced plans for BATMAN/TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES II, a six-issue follow-up to the crossover series of 2015. Writer James Tynion IV (BATMAN, DETECTIVE COMICS) and artist Freddie Williams II (HE-MAN/THUNDERCATS) will reunite for this second meeting of two icons of pop culture.
When Donatello goes looking for a new mentor to help him improve his fighting skills, he opens a doorway to another reality, hoping to summon the Turtles’ one-time ally, Batman. But instead, he gets sent to Gotham City and someone else comes through the open portal —Bane! Suddenly, there’s a new gang boss in New York and he’s out to unite all the other bad guys under him. Can Donnie get back in time and bring Batman with him to help his brothers before Bane causes irreparable destruction?
In addition to covers by Williams, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles co-creator Kevin Eastman will illustrate variant covers for the series.
Rocko’s Modern Life #1: Holy ’90s! Nickelodeon’s No. 1 wallaby returns in a new series from BOOM, written by Ryan Ferrier and drawn by Ian McGinty.
Barbarella #1: Dynamite Comics revives the 1960s French sci-fi property — made famous by the 1968 Jane Fonda film — in a new series by former “X-Men” writer Mike Carey and artist Kenan Yarar.