If you're anything like us here at Splash Page, the approach of December 25 means two things: 1) We get to finally check out "The Spirit"; and 2) There's less than a week left to get our holiday shopping done. Luckily for our friends and significant others, we're cheap dates, and nothing says "holiday cheer" than comics -- especially non-continuity comics where Santa makes a cameo.
As is the tradition every year at the major comic book publishers, we can look forward to a whole bunch of funnybooks featuring that jolly old elf and an assortment of spandex-clad heroes on your comic shop's shelf this month. After the jump, we've put together a quick rundown (in no particular order) of some of this season's highlights.
Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man #46 (Marvel Comics): Having finally found the perfect present for Aunt May for Christmas, Peter needs to make some money to pay for it. He hopes to sell some photos of Spidey in action to the Daily Bugle, but nothing is happening because everyone is in the Holiday spirit... everyone except Peter.
Army of Darkness: Ash's Christmas Horror One-Shot (Dynamite Entertainment): Everyone loves the holidays, right? Wrong! If you’ve ever worked S-Mart retail in December, you know it’s a special hell filled with something even worse than Deadites: holiday shoppers! And when the Necronomicon gets ahold of some classic holiday entertainment, it sends Ash through a voyage of twisted Christmas visions that beat him senseless and initiate something deeper in Ash.
“It’s a blunderful life” for everyone’s favorite big-chinned Chosen One and this year he’s going to face something tougher than Deadite Santas and zombie elves. He’ll find a piece of his soul that was swallowed long ago.
(For more on the "Army of Darkness" Christmas issue, check out our interview with "Ash's Christmas Horror" writer James Kuhoric and exclusive preview here on Splash Page!)
DC Universe Holiday Special (DC Comics): Featuring short stories by Alan Burnett, Franco Aureliani, Art Baltazar and Dan DiDio, and art by Rodolfo Migliari, Kevin Maguire, Ian Churchill, Tim Levins, Yishan Li and Frank Quitely, celebrate the holiday as the Justice League of America host a surprise party guest.
Dr. Light aids with the Festival of Lights and Nightwing delivers a special gift to Robin. Plus the super-secret origin of Santa Claus!
Marvel Digital Holiday Special (Marvel Comics): Ho ho ho! It's holiday fun in the Merry Marvel Manner, as the House of Ideas hangs the stockings by the chimney with care in hopes that Galactus won't soon be there. Stop on by for some eggnog, dreidel spinning and probably a fist fight or two with your favorite Marvel heroes and villains in the Marvel Digital Comics Holiday Special.
Hellblazer #250 (DC/Vertigo Comics): This special issue of the long-running series that inspired the film "Constantine" features stories by Brian Azzarello, Jamie Delano, Dave Gibbons, China Miéville and Peter Milligan, and art by Eddie Campbell, Rafael Grampá, David Lloyd, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Lee Bermejo. Happy Christmas and happy 250th issue!
An all-star creative cast leaves five new holiday tales under the tree in this oversized holiday special. See what the season has in store for the always-naughty, never-nice John Constantine. It's the most wonderful time of the year! Right?
Super Friends #10 (DC Comics): It's the holiday season, and the Super Friends are ready to get festive! But they learn no matter what holiday they want to celebrate, Dr. Light will be there to steal the celebration lights.
Beanworld Holiday Special (Dark Horse Comics): The first new Beanworld story in print in over a decade, the Beanworld Holiday Special is the perfect introduction to Larry Marder's inimitable creation.
As enjoyable for children as it is enlightening for adults, Beanworld is a grand adventure that explores social dynamics, culture creation, and ecological networks--all in great fun. Take a tour of this magical world, from Proffy's Fix-It Shop to a Fabulous Look-See Show, in this issue that introduces toys to the baby Cuties and plunges readers into one of the most original and brilliant comic-book universes ever created.
Jingle Belle: Santa Claus Vs. Frankenstein (Top Cow Productions): 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.
Any we missed? Will you be picking these up at your local comic shop? Let us know what you're looking forward to next week in the comments!