Synopsis: 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.
Review: Released just in time for Christmas is this wonderfully fun story that puts the traditional figure of Santa Claus in the context of a superhero named Klaus.
With this one-shot story. Grant Morrison fuses satire with the traditional iconography of Christmas and even manages to parody the longstanding relationship that Santa Claus has with Coca-Cola, which is substituted in this comic for Pola Cola.
Dan Mora’s artwork throughout this book really pops. Klause the superhero version of Santa strikes a much more dashing figure than the traditional Santa figure, which of course was based on the old Robber Barrens of the 19th century.
I loved the panel of Klaus setting off to battle his evil twin in Xmasville. The image is a striking one as Klause and his White Wolf Lilli steel themselves for what will be a difficult fight.
While this is going on. The head of Pola Cola is grooming his grandson to succeed him. He tells the young upstart of the first time that Xmasville saw off Klause in the 1930s.
There’s so much to love here including some fantastic allies that Klaus goes to for help. Such as Father Frost who says Father Christmas is off battling aliens. The imagination and creativity in this story are fantastic and it is a book well worth getting to get you in the mood for Christmas.
Morrison’s use of the commercialization of Christmas to tell this story is done in a fun way without being too in your face. The artwork throughout is top notch. Especially when we see so many zombie Santa’s on the page. East slightly different than the others.
- Klaus is available now via ComiXology priced £5.99