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Grant Morrison and Dan Mora’s Klaus Returns in December from BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios has unveiled a first look at Klaus and the Crying Snowman#1, a brand new story set within the world of the Eisner Award-nominated reimagining of the Santa Claus mythology for modern audiences from visionary writer Grant Morrison and superstar artist Dan Mora, available in stores on December 12, 2018.

Klaus and the Crying Snowman#1 continues the annual holiday tradition of new Klaus comic book releases, dating back to the franchise launch, and features a main cover and a variant cover both illustrated by Mora, as well as a variant by Humberto Ramos.

Warrior. Legend. Gift-giver. Klaus is many things to many people worldwide, but this year he is the defender of Earth, alongside a host of other wintery warriors, as a threat of galactic proportions invades the planet and endangers all humans, naughty and nice alike.

Preview: Klaus: The New Adventures of Santa Claus HC

Klaus: The New Adventures of Santa Claus HC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Dan Mora
Cover Artist: Dan Mora
Price: $24.99
Letterer: Ed Dukeshire

Luminary author Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman, Happy!) and Eisner Award-nominated illustrator Dan Mora (Go Go Power Rangers) bring their lauded reinvention of Santa Claus fully into the 21st century with two modern tales of Klaus saving Christmas from sinister threats that span dimensions.

Collects Klaus and the Witch of Winter and Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville.

Grant Morrison and Dan Mora’s Klaus Returns in December

BOOM! Studios has announced Klaus and the Crying Snowman #1, the next chapter in the Eisner Award-nominated bold reimagining of the Santa Claus mythology for modern audiences from visionary writer Grant Morrison and superstar artist Dan Mora, debuting in December 2018.

Santa Claus is  a myth. He’s a legend. He’s loved worldwide by children and adults alike . . . but does anyone truly know his origin and greatest adventures? Launching in 2015, Klaus has revealed this hidden history, from a dark fantastic past of myth and magic, to modern stories of holiday cheer and terror.

Klaus and the Crying Snowman #1 continues the annual holiday tradition of new Klaus comic book releases, dating back to the franchise launch. Now, Klaus must help an absentee dad-turned-snowman make amends before melting away for good. And probably before he’s defeated by a pantheon of Norse Gods and their minions.

All in a day’s work for Santa Claus, right?

Klaus and the Crying Snowman #1 features a main cover and a variant cover both illustrated by Mora.

Best Comics of 2016 – Alex’s List

Now that 2016 is in the history books (thank the fucking gods), it’s time to have a look back at some of the comics and events that really stood out for me, personally. These comics were all released this year, and in the case of a limited series if had at least two issues released this year (if a mini-series began late this year, then expect to find it on next year’s list – if it’s any good). Remember that this is all based on what I’ve read, and if your favourite comic isn’t here, it may be because I may not have read it, not because I didn’t like it.

First up there’ll be your standard Best Of categories of Ongoing Series, Mini/One Shot, Single Issue, Writer, Artist, and Colourist, then we’ll move on to a few other things I wanted to talk about.

Best Ongoing Comic

Last year I had a hell of a time with this one, so thankfully this year was much easier. Although I could have made a case for almost any of the comics listed below  (and, like last year I’m still wishing I had decided on a “top five” for this category without an overall winner), at the end of the day there really was only one comic that would end up here.

WRATH_003_COVER-A_LAFUENTEWrath Of The Eternal Warrior (Valiant) – The final issue came out in December, so technically this isn’t an ongoing anymore, and while I’ll miss the shit out of it in 2017, it sits in the top spot for 2016 (because it was an ongoing in 2016).  This was THE book of the year for me without question; although the first issue felt a lot slower than I expected, this quickly morphed into the one series I couldn’t wait to read. Robert Venditti has crafted fourteen of the most exciting, and compelling, issues about Valiant‘s immortal soldier I have ever read as he finds a way to have Gilad deal with death – and failure – in a way I haven’t seen anywhere before.

Venditti also built this series in layers as he dropped lines of dialogue and exposition in one comic that you’d be forgiven for missing, but once the inevitable pay off happened it was something special. For an action comic, Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior made you think quite a bit, and I loved every fucking moment (even the first issue after a reread six months later).

Honourable Mentions:

  • Faith (Ongoing) (Valiant) Narrowly missing the top spot, Faith has had a fantastic cast of artists joining Jody Houser all year, with each one bringing something wonderful to the table. This is a series that every comic fan should check out.
  • All-Star Batman (DC) Scott Snyder proves once more why he’s my favourite living Batman writer, and I actually enjoyed John Romita Jr’s art for the first time in a while.
  • X-O Manowar (Valiant) Another Venditti penned series, this had arguably the best concluding arc of any long running series I’ve read in a long time.

Best Limited Series or One Shot 

Voracious_02-1Voracious (Action Lab) I could tell you so many reasons why you should read this emotional tale about a time traveling chef who hunts dinosaurs, whether it’s Markisan Naso’s fantastic dialogue (and his recipes) or the wonderful artwork by Jason Muhr and colourist Andrei Tabacaru. I could tell you that comics like this are the reason you should pay attention to indie comics publishers, because if you don’t you’ll be missing out on some of the best stories  the year. But I won’t; instead I’ll tell you tell you all the reasons why you shouldn’t  read this:

Honourable Mentions:

  • Klaus (BOOM!But not The Witch Of Winter. That was fucking awful, and it’s better if you pretend it didn’t exist.
  • Divinity II (Valiant) 
  • Faith: Hollywood and Vine (Valiant) 
  • Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (DC/IDW) All my childhood dreams came true with this six issue miniseries that I  was expecting to suck. It didn’t! It was actually really good.

Best Single Issue

FAITH_003_COVER-A_DJURDJEVICThere’s no honourable mentions because there was nothing remotely close to Faith #3:  (Valiant) for me this year. That’s #3 from the Hollywood And Vine  miniseries, not the currently ongoing series

There was never a question of this comic not being the best single issue of 2016, and its almost entirely down to the scene where Faith literally bursts from a closet. Everything about that sequence, from her internal monologue to the character’s reactions were just perfect. I still think about that moment nearly a year later, and it still sends chills down my spine.

Best Writer

Robert Venditti (Flash, Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps, Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior, X-O Manowar)

I didn’t read a bad comic written by this man all year. Obviously, some were better than others, and I didn’t read everything that Venditti put out, but what I did read was always fantastic – and you’ve probably already noticed my love for Venditti earlier on this list.

Best Artist

faith_005_cover-b_hetrickMeghan Hetrick (Red Thorn, Faith)

In a year with some truly amazing artists putting out some beautiful work, from Juan Jose Ryp, Doug Braithwaite and Robert Gill for Valiant, to David Finch, Rafa Sandoval and Patrick Gleason for DC, it was relative newcomer Meghan Hetrick who made my jaw drop with every issue and cover that she drew. Her work on Faith is what sealed her in as my top artist of the year, although her cover to the 4001 A.D. Shadowman tie in is also superb, not to mention Red Thorn. There are few artists whose work I’ll buy regardless of the writer, but Meghan Hetrick is one.

Best Colourist

Jordie Bellaire (Pretty Much Everything)

If you read more than one comic a month this year then you have probably read a comic with Jordie Bellaire’s work. She is one of the most prolific colourists around, and yet her versatility shines with each and every comic. When Jordie Bellaire’s name is on a comic, then you know it’s going to look awesome – regardless of who drew it.

Most Depressingly Canceled Comic

Red Thorn (Vertigo)

Every year comics are canceled prematurely, but Red Thorn The series was great, but sadly the sales figures just weren’t there. Treat yourself when you have a chance and go check this out. You’ll find a wonderfully illustrated tale steeped in Scottish mythology quite unlike almost anything you’ll read this year.

The Comic I Wanted To Read But Never Did

The Vision (Marvel)
I have heard nothing but great things about the twelve or so issues of Vision, and yet for some reason, I haven’t picked it up even though I’ve heard it said that this is Tom King’s finest work from 2016. but it was never on my radar because of the characters and setting involved. Maybe I’ll check out the trades at some point.

Biggest Surprises

I) Ben Affleck Was A Fantastic Batman

I hoped going into the movie that Affleck would be decent, and I suspected he would be, but I never expected him to turn in a performance that went right into my top three Batman performances – that took me completely by surprise. The theatrical cut of Batman v Superman wasn’t quite as good as Affleck’s Batman, but because of his acting (and Gal Gadot) I left the theater feeling I’d got my money’s worth.

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II) Marvel Actually Finished Civil War II

After the amount of delays this series suffered, I wouldn’t have been surprised had Marvel just quietly shuffled the final issue or two off their publishing schedule. When the next event (and it’s prequel) Inhumans Vs X-Men unintentionally start before your Big Summer Event is over, you have to ask yourself whether anybody still cares about said summer even .

III) DC Rebirth Wasn’t A Stonking Pile Of Manure

I honestly had no faith the DC’s latest reboot would be anything other than a quick cash grab with at best mediocre titles. Thankfully, i was very wrong. While there were some average titles, good comics that weren’t for me and the occasional miss, for the most part I’ve enjoyed every comic under the “Rebirth” banner (and I’ve read them all for Graphic Policy’s Rebirth Review feature). In fact, the standouts for me came from characters I previously had no time for; Aquaman, Superman, Wonder Woman  and the Green Lantern Corp

The Moments That Had Me Grinning Ear To Ear

I) Bill Finger’s Byline

This was the single greatest thing to happen in the comics industry this year in my eyes; Bill Finger was finally acknowledged officially as having something to do with Batman’s creation, thanks in no small part to the efforts of Marc Tyler Nobleman.

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Regardless of my thoughts on the movie, seeing Bill Finger’s name here was fantastic.

II) Interviewing Marc Tyler Nobleman

I don’t know what I expected when I reached out to the man who inspired me to write about comics, but talking to him about Bill Finger was an absolute joy.

III) Having My Reviews Quoted On Comics

This year was the first time I saw one of my reviews quoted on the cover of a comic, and it was a moment that I won’t forget anytime soon (the comic was Red Thorn #3 if you wondered). Since then I’ve seen my reviews quoted on several Valiant comics, as well. It makes me grin every time.

 



 

Well there we have it; a look back at some of the best comics that I read over the year. Agree, or disagree? Let me know!

Preview: Klaus HC

Klaus HC

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Dan Mora
Cover Artist: Dan Mora
Price: $34.99
On sale: 11/9/16 in comic book stores; 11/15/16 in bookstores

Klaus is “Santa Claus: Year One.”

Award-winning author Grant Morrison (All-Star Superman, The Multiversity) and Russ Manning Most Promising Newcomer Award-winning artist Dan Mora (Hexed) revamp, reinvent, and re-imagine a classic superhero for the 21st century, drawing on Santa’s roots in Viking lore and Siberian shamanism.

Collects the complete, seven-issue limited series in an oversized hardcover.

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Batman #5Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Shay

Top Pick: Batgirl and the Birds of Prey #1 (DC Comics) – I have long held the belief that for a very long time Birds of Prey is the one of the only DC comics that I religiously read. They’re like an all female Avengers , the story arcs are killer and it oozes girl power on every page. My deep connection with the comic made me watch every episode of that gawd awful TV show on the WB in the hopes that it would be less campy and get renewed. This new issue ushers in the Shawna & Julie Benson era and I’m excited to read it. There hasn’t been a women at the helm of these crime-fighting ladies since 2010 when Gail Simone was running the show. This story arc focuses on Oracle and her stolen identity. It gets bonus points because the women at the helm are TV writers who’ve written for The CW, where most of the DC Universe lives on the small screen, and this brings out all the hope I have for a TV reboot that is worth watching. It’s my top pick of the week because TV show or not, it’s good to get in on the ground floor of what I’m sure will be an interesting story arc.

Amelia Cole Versus The End of Everything (IDW Publishing) – Amelia Cole has an existence that straddles the line between Magic & Tech. There’s something pretty rad about having a woman being a total bad ass using her mind & strength over sex appeal to save the day and make a change. If you aren’t all caught up on the story , this is the last one so it’s a good gateway graphic novel to get you hooked enough to go back and read the whole story from the very beginning. We all need a little intrigue in our lives and there’s something kind of awesome about adding monsters to a story about fighting the power.

Black Widow #6 (Marvel) – The art is wicked good in this issue following the Black Widow in her Civil War II adventures and, the story is nothing to scoff at. Secrets are going to be tumbling out of her closet and there’s a possible Invincible Iron Man showdown in the mix. I can’t wait to see how this all plays out on the pages and on the screen. Grab some popcorn and brace yourself for what I’m sure will be an exciting read.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Wrath Of The Eternal Warrior #10 (Valiant) – As the fantastic Labyrinth comes to a close with what promises to be a bloody conclusion, I’m already looking ahead and wondering what seeds Robert Venditti has already planted for the future. This is easily one of my favourite series on the racks every week, and a large part of that is because of the way Venditti has carefully crafted the story over the past ten issues to culminate here (at least in part, I’m sure). I’ll have more to say in my review, but me expectations are pretty high at this point.

Batman #5 (DC Comics) – Speaking of high expectations: Tom King and David Finch’s Batman is one of the many great things coming from DC post Rebirth, and the tale of the rise and fall of two young heroes has me thoroughly enraptured.

Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files: Wild Card #5 (Dynamite Entertainment) – I gotta say that this miniseries has surprised me. I never expect to enjoy the Dresden comics a much as I do – I still prefer the books, but the comics aren’t far off.

Klaus #7 (BOOM! Studios) – Seems a little odd reading about Santa in August, but at this point his yearly visit is only four months away.  Grant Morrison’s origin story is coming to a close, which is bittersweet, but I’m looking forward to finally getting to finish the story.

Superman #5 (DC Comics) – Apparently, I’m a Superman fan post-Rebirth. Who knew?

 

Anthony

Top Pick: Black Hammer #2 (Dark Horse Comics) – The first issue of Black Hammer was a strong beginning to an intriguing premise that, though this is a story with superheroes, is more about dealing with the glory of fame being a thing of the past. It will be really interesting to see what Lemire, Ormston and Stewart do with these characters whom bask in the nothingness of the present or remain stuck in their own ‘golden days’.

Descender #14 (Image Comics) – This current arc has progressed the plot in a slower pace but has been a treat so far. Lemire with Nguyen’s gorgeous artwork, have been diving into the backstory of a couple different characters. Each of the covers reveals whom is to be of focus for that issue and from the looks of this issue, Bandit, the loveable pet-bot will be front and center.

The Wicked + The Divine #22 (Image Comics) – The finale to the current arc arrives and there is sure to be blood shed and tears wept by fans. This arc has been particularly brutal, upping the violence as the Gods continue to duke it out with Minerva being the focus for both sides.

Black Widow #6 (Marvel) – Thankfully, Black Widow is one of the few titles not really affected or tied-in to the Civil War II event (at least yet). It has been a continuously fun, emotional, and adventurous ride so far with the creative team having yet to really falter at all. The Weeping Lion has finally shown his cards and revealed a myriad of still unknown but potentially dangerous information with Black Widow being heavily involved.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Batman #5 (DC Comics) – I’ve read this issue already and holy crap is it amazing. This doesn’t feel like a Batman issue. This feels like the finale to an epic DC event. It’s that grand in scope and just fantastic from beginning to end. I actually wish there was more to the issue it’s that cinematic and such a good read.

Briggs Land #1 (Dark Horse Comics) – A solid debut issue that introduces us to a family that resembles a certain Bundy family.

Garth Ennis’ Red Team: Double Tap, Center Mass #2 (Dynamite Entertainment) – I love noir/crime/cop stories and this series which focuses on crooked cops by Garth Ennis should scratch that itch for folks. The first volume was fantastic and this second one kicked off in a good way.

Horizon #2 (Image Comics) – The first issue of this series was really intriguing. The concept is aliens retaliating against Earth for Earth’s aggressions towards them. Great concept. Solid execution so far.

Polar Vol. 3 No Mercy For Sister Maria (Dark Horse Comics) – If you’ve read the first two volumes, you know why this is on my list. Victor Santos’ series is pure action full of hit-men and mercenaries and femme fatales. It also looks amazing. A must get for folks, you won’t be disappointed.

Preview: Klaus #7 (of 7)

Klaus #7 (of 7)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Dan Mora
Cover Artist: Dan Mora
Price: $3.99

Final issue! Klaus must not only save Yuletime, but the town of Grimsvig itself from the evil Krampus and Lord Magnus.

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Preview: Klaus: Pen & Ink #1

Klaus: Pen & Ink #1

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Dan Mora
Cover Artist: Dan Mora
Price: $19.99

Calling all process junkies! If you’re as much a fan of the behind-the-scenes process of illustration as you are of the finished product, you will love this in-depth look at the making of the critically acclaimed Klaus.

This next installment of the Pen & Ink series collects Klaus issues #1-2 in an oversized, 11” x 17” format that features Dan Mora’s detailed inks alongside new commentary and creative insights from Mora and writer Grant Morrison.

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Preview: Klaus #6 (of 7)

Klaus #6 (of 7)

Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Dan Mora
Cover Artist: Dan Mora
Price: $3.99

It’s Klaus versus Krampus, and the whole world hangs in the balance!

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Mini Reviews For The Week Ending 5/7/16

Sometimes, the staff at Graphic Policy read more comics than we’re able to get reviewed. When that happens you’ll see a weekly feature compiling short reviews from the staff of the comics, or graphic novels, we just didn’t get a chance to write a full review for. These are Graphic Policy’s Mini Reviews.


Alex

old man logan 6 coverOld Man Logan #5 (Marvel)* – I really enjoyed this issue. The set up for Logan being alone is reminiscent of the old Wolverine comics of years gone by, and it’s a surprisingly effective method of distancing him from the X-Men for a designated period of time. The story itself is very interesting, and still plays off who Old Man Logan is in terms of where he came from, with a slightly different flavour than the past few issues. How long Old Man Logan’s backstory can continue to play an integral part in his future remains to be seen, but so long as it’s done well, I’m okay with that cow being milked. Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Moon Knight #2 (Marvel)* – I wanted to love this issue, and for the most part I did, but it just isn’t living up to what I was hoping for, and expecting from, the series. The artwork and layouts continue to impress, and I have a feeling that the writing will fall into place as more pieces to the story are revealed. As it is, though, Moon Knight #2 is still very good, it’s just not great. Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

Klaus #5 (Boom!)** – Probably the weakest issue in the series so far, this felt more like a filler issue to pad out the required seven issues for the mini series. Some interesting parts, but nothing spectacular (aside from the artwork).  Overall: 7 Recommendation: Read if you’re reading the series.

Batman #51 (DC)* – Is a perfect send off to the epic run of Snyder and Capullo on the New 52’s Batman series. Batman #51 is a very bittersweet comic in more ways than one, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. A great single issue that stands alone, and will probably stand the test of time as one of the better single issues from the last 51. Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

Ryan C

The_Punisher_1_CoverDevolution #4 (Dynamite)** – This thing will probably read better in trade than it has in singles given that the cliffhanger to this penultimate issue involves the arrival of some characters we haven’t seen since the beginning, but Rick Remender has rewarded readers’ patience with this post-apocalyptic yarn that apes “2000 A.D.”-style storytelling in much the same way that “Tokyo Ghost” does, as it’s definitely gotten better with each successive issue. Johnathan Wayshak’s art is the real show-stealer here, though, and will absolutely take your breath away. Overall: 7.5. Recommendation: Buy

The Punisher #1 (Marvel)* – The old and the new meet up and join forces as first-time Frank Castle scribe Becky Cloonan teams up with veteran Punisher illustrator Steve Dillon for this latest re-launch. So far the results are solid, if unspectacular, as the groundwork is laid for a confrontation with a genuinely blood-curdling new villain, but, ya know — not a whole lot else happens. I’ll give it a few more issues, though, since both creators seem to have a solid grasp on the character and his decidedly violent world. Overall: 6. Recommendation: Read

Three Floyds: Alpha King #1 (Image)** – I don’t know who the three Floyds of the micro-brewing company of the same name are, but one of then is teaming with Brian “anything for a buck” Azzarello to write this extended advertisement while Simon Bisley handles the art. As you’d probably expect, it’s about some guy who turns into a psychopathic Lobo-esque “hero” when doused with his own home brew. Tedious bearded hipster-ism meets balls-out ultraviolence will no doubt ensue as we go along. Or, rather , as you go along if you continue reading this — I’m out, even though Bisley’s art is still fun, blood-soaked eye candy. Overall: 3. Recommendation: Pass

Detective Comics #52 (DC)* – Not with a bang, but with a — -well, you know the rest. The wrap-up to Peter J. Tomasi and Fernando Pasarin’s two-part “Gordon-in-the-Bat-suit” story looks nice, but the Iraq-based supernatural “thriller” is old hat to anyone who read the far better “Burning Fields” last year. On the whole “Detective” is a book that never found anything like a consistent footing during the “New 52” years, and this issue continues — and hopefully concludes — that unfortunate trend. Overall: 4. Recommendation: Pass.

 


Well, there you have it, folks. The reviews we didn’t quite get a chance to write.

Please note that with some of the above comics, Graphic Policy was provided FREE copies for review. Where we purchased the comics, you’ll see an asterisk (*). If you don’t see that, you can infer the comic was a review copy. In cases where we were provided a review copy and we also purchased the comic you’ll see two asterisks (**).

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