Grant Morrison (Arkham Asylum, Happy!,The Invisibles) and Dan Mora's (Hexed) Klaus has been one of my favorite titles since the burly superhero Santa first appeared down the chimney of my pull shelf at our local comic book shop. With its macho adventurism, fairy tale charm, and compelling revisionist retelling of the St. Nick legend, Klaus garnered high praise from fans and critics during its initial seven-issue run in 2015-2016.
So popular was the rousing Nordic saga that 20th Century Fox optioned the frosty fable for a feature film adaptation last May.
A new annual tradition is Boom!'s winter one-shots featuring the handsome furred gift-giver, and this season's treat, titled Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville, hits the market on Wednesday, December 6. Last year's Klaus and the Witch of Winter found our Conan-like Santa escaping incarceration on the moon and saving two kidnapped children from the clutches of the Winter Witch.
This time Klaus enters the madness of the 1980s as he battles with an evil anti-Santa from another dimension, a ferocious 12-foot werewolf, an army of mall Santas, and a diabolical soda company called Pola-Cola. Cheery enough?
Here's the official solicitation synopsis:
In KLAUS AND THE CRISIS IN XMASVILLE, an evil Santa from an alternate dimension has founded a soda corporation that uses Christmas and holiday cheer 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.
“Last year’s Klaus special drew on a lot of traditional Christmas lore from around the world. This year, the influences are more contemporary, and CRISIS IN XMASVILLE takes some of its inspiration from the history of soda marketing and Santa,” says Morrison.
“It is a pleasure to once again be working with Grant Morrison on a new Klaus story,” says Mora. “I’ve been waiting for this all year!”
Check out our festive 5-page peek at the 48-page Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville in the gallery below and tell us if you'd love to find this winter one-shot in your stocking!