This is one of the best one-off holiday comics that I have read in a long time. Power Man and Iron Fist Sweet Christmas Annual #1 is like a really fun B-Movie in comic book form. The issue starts innocently enough, Uncle Iron Fist and Luke Cage taking Danielle out to wait in line for hours to grab the hottest toy coming out this Christmas. The cult of consumerism is fertile hunting grounds for this issues big baddie, who is none other than Krampus himself controlling an army of kiddie toys!
Luke Cage has to fight his way through demon infused toys to get to his daughter and Iron Fist has to do battle with Danielle on his back. Hella trim is sort of the good guy and Jessica Drew provides back up! With a very special guest showing up to deliver one hell of a snack down to Krampus! This one-off issue provides more catch phrases, sass, and action than you could hope for and all the awesome that you didn’t think you needed but, you’re hella grateful for.
David F. Walker‘s story is funny, short, sweet and to the point. It’s everything that it needs to be to tell a good story and provide some really good entertainment. Scott Hepburn‘s artwork is tight and Pretty detailed considering how much is going on in all of the frames. Overall there’s a nice mix of story and art. The story has enough human feel good moments to make the fight scenes feel balanced and less jarring. There’s a lot going on but, none of the words or panels are wasted and they all add to the richness of the story.
Sweet Christmas is a good read for what it is. It’s a diversion, nothing too heavy but, it’s not frivolous. It just a good solid read and worth your time.
Story: David F. Walker Art: Scott Hepburn
Story: 8.5 Art : 8.2 Overall: 8.3 Recommendation: Buy
Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review