It’s June and summer is just around the corner. It’s going to be 80 degrees in NYC. Of course this means I’m thinking of Santa Clause and Christmas…you find that weird? I hate the summer so when it starts to get hot the idea of snow, sleigh bells and Santa become very appealing. Plus after reading Red Christmas, I’m looking at Santa in a whole new light.
The elves have a problem. Santa is getting too jaded and cynical. It’s getting more and more difficult to get him to be the jolly old elf he needs to be to make the Christmas magic happen. Thankfully Mrs. Claus has her own ways of bringing Santa pleasure and no it’s not with milk and cookies. When something shocking happens Santa lets out a side of himself even more shocking. Watch out, Santa’s out for blood.
I really enjoyed Red Christmas. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started it but I was sucked in immediately by this more adult version of Santa Claus. This is not for those who like they’re mythological characters left sacred and innocent, it’s for the rest of us who enjoy making them a bit more damaged and badass. The story is well paced and the chuckles were in all the right places. The art works well for a more twisted take on the North Pole. It’s got a slightly skewed touch while staying traditional enough to make it feel familiar.
I’m giving Red Christmas 4 out of 5 stars. I got a real kick out of it and was very sorry to get to the end. I’m dying to know what happens next.
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Red Christmas #1
Written by Clay Adams and Alexandre O. Phillipe
Illustrated by Dominike Stanton
SRP: Pay What You Want!
Publisher: Fried Comics
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