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Review – Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville #1 (BOOM! Studios)

KLAUS AND THE CRISIS IN XMASVILLE #1 Written by Grant Morrison; Artwork by Dan Mora
KLAUS AND THE CRISIS IN XMASVILLE #1 Written by Grant Morrison; Artwork by Dan Mora

Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville #1

Jingle All the Way

Another Christmas and another Klaus one-shot story from Grant Morrison and Dan Mora, it is the gift everyone has been waiting for! In Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville, we find everyone’s favorite Yuletide hero Klaus in the year of 1984 as he battles against the evil soda corporation Pola-Cola. The corporation wants a town that will celebrate Xmas all year round and needs a way to use their own version of Santa to bring in more money. That means ruining Klaus’s good name; luckily, with an evil alternate dimension Klaus on their side and an army of “zombie-Santas”, our hero Klaus is in for a heck of a fight. Can Klaus win back Christmas, or will Xmasville and Pola-Cola commercialize it for good?

I am really loving what Grant Morrison is doing with his Klaus character and, if you do not know, a quick rundown is that Morrison basically created his own version of Santa Clause. Morrison and artist Dan Mora did a seven-issue origin story in 2015 into 2016 titled Klaus and then released a one-shot story titled Klaus and the Witch of Winter in December of 2016. Every year, they plan on releasing a Klaus one-shot story, and Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville is this year’s installment!

KLAUS AND THE CRISIS IN XMASVILLE #1 Written by Grant Morrison; Artwork by Dan Mora
KLAUS AND THE CRISIS IN XMASVILLE #1 Written by Grant Morrison; Artwork by Dan Mora

I just love how rich and full Morrison has made the Klaus world. Even if you only picked up this issue, you can still just feel the immenseness of the world and mythology that Morrison has created. With all the little details he puts into the story and the different characters, it is all just bursting with great imagination and wonderful storytelling that makes you think about what else could be going on in this world, well after finishing the issue. Morrison’s character Klaus continues to be great as a warrior Santa that has a heart of gold. With each story, Morrison sprinkles in different Christmas mythology and Christmas-type characters throughout. Obviously, with the Pola-Cola corporation, Morrison deals with the concept of Christmas being more “commercialized” and corporations using Santa and the holiday times to make money.

Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville has a lot of weird things going on in it also. You’ve got your brainwashed zombie Santa Clauses, aliens, and an alternate dimension Santa who… well, I am not going to spoil anything, but it is Grant Morrison and things get even weirder from there. Saying it is weird does not take away from all the heart of the story. Yes, there are a lot of strange things in Klaus in the Crisis in Xmasville, but it also just drips with that “Christmas Spirit” and will have you nostalgic for old Christmas tales by the end of it. By the way, the ending is amazing.

Art

Dan Mora once again collaborates with Grant Morrison in Klaus in the Crisis in Xmasville. The first Klaus mini-series was my first exposure to Dan Mora’s artwork, and I have been a fan ever since (he is doing amazing work on Go Go Power Rangers right now). He has nice sharp angular lines that really make the characters stand out. Everything is very “cleanly” drawn and very detailed; he really nails this world of Klaus and brings it to life. Mora does spectacular character facial expressions that really just enhance the storytelling dramatically throughout the pages; it is really superb work. Mora also does action scenes nearly perfect, he really catches all the blows and movements from scene to scene making everything flow nicely together. The colors are excellent as always, and Mora does a great job of balancing things so as to not be too bright and cherry, but not all the way dreary and dreadful either. There are some great scenes that look almost like colored pencils that look really spectacular. The art just flows so nicely with the story, and it is great to see both creators working so seamlessly together on a great series like Klaus.

Conclusion

Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville is another great entry to the Klaus mythos. When Klaus has to battle the Pola-Cola corporation and an evil Santa, things get ugly quick and he may need some help to save Christmas! If you haven’t, you really need to pick up all the books in this series. Plus, it would make an excellent gift for any comic book fan. I am just saying if somebody wanted to put the hardcover of Klaus, a copy of Klaus and the Witch of Winter, and Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville in my stocking I would not be upset!


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Brent Jackson

Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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