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Review: Red X-Mas #1

No-nonsense FBI agent Ellie Tewksberry doesn’t believe in Santa… until a fed-up St. Nick snaps and kidnaps the world’s kids. Now Ellie must team up with her wannabe-elf ex-husband to save their son—and Christmas!

Yeah, Red X-Mas #1 has to be read to be believed… it’s kind of awesome.

Story: Clay Adams, Alexandre O. Philippe
Art: Fabio Ramacci
Color: Ilaria Chiocca
Letterer: Frieda

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Review: Red X-Mas #1 (updated)

Red X-Mas #1

In Red X-Mas #1, when Mrs. Claus dies in a tragic toy accident, Santa vows to make all those little brats pay! But when his rampage kicks off at the home of FBI agent Ellie Tewksberry, he messes with the wrong lady. Mama Bear will travel to the ends of the earth to save her son-and Christmas! This December, Santa must die!

Written by Clay Adams and Alexandre O. Philippe, featuring artist Fabio Ramacci and colorist Hariq Chiocca, Red X-Mas #1 is not a book for kids. This comic is the story for people who love the magic and wonder of Christmas but also want to see a more realistic attitude from the elves. There’s no sunshine and rainbows across the snow; no elf dust and sparkles floating in the air of the workshop. instead we see a bunch of elves coming up against the crunch deadline as they try desperately to get Santa ready for his delivery.

There’s a lot of workplace humour in the comic, and there’s something remarkably funny about seeing the elves swear as their frustration mounts at the encroaching deadline – something that most of us are probably more than familiar with. Red X-Mas #1 pokes a lot of fun at the stereotypes surrounding Santa, and while this is a really funny book, there’s also moments where you find yourself pausing as the comic hits you with a single line or two of dialogue that’s incredibly sad and depressing when you think about it for more than half a second.

This isn’t a happy go lucky Santa story at all.

In the sixteen pages of Red X-Mas #1 you’re taken on a rollercoaster ride that feels longer than it is (because of the amount of story packed in, not because it was a chore to read). This book’s a lot of fun, but there’s an emotional weight to it as well – the writers avoid overly expositional dialogue for the most part, choosing to show rather than tell.

I want to address an elephant in the room, or rather on the shelf, before we go any further. The comic I read was sixteen pages long, but a look at the cover shows the price is $3.99 – for a comic that’s just over two thirds the size of your average $4/24 page comic. Red X-Mas #1 is good, hell I laughed a lot while reading it, but it’s tough justify somebody paying full price for the amount of story you get here (honestly, if the book was $2.49 or $2.99 then this paragraph would read differently). That being said, there may be additional story/ies within the final product that justifies the price, but the review copy only had sixteen pages, and so that’s what I’m basing the review on.

So is this book worth buying? I’m not sure – I enjoyed it quite a lot, and if there was more content and/or a lower price point I wouldn’t hesitate to tell you to pick this up. As it is? As much as I enjoyed the book, I wouldn’t want to pay $4 for it.

Addendum: The copy that Graphic Policy was provided was not the full version of the comic. Given that, my concerns about value for money are assuaged – though I’ve no comment on the quality of the pages I haven’t read.

Addendum II: After the above review was posted, Scout Comics sent the full review copy through, and after having read the comic, I’ve updated the recommendation at the end. A few brief thoughts about the full story:

  • This isn’t a happy/fun comic – there is one or two attempted jokes that fall flat (there’s a line in the second half of the comic that fails as a joke but succeeds at illustrating how people in power will take advantage of you in anyway that they can).
  • Red X-Mas shows people at their most desperate; it’s not always comfortable reading, but this comic isn’t supposed to be. It’s a challenging issue to read, but one that is rewarding if you take the plunge.

To go back to the final question of the first version of this review (which you can find unedited above) is whether the book is worth buying? Yes, after reading the full issue, it certainly is. It may not be your cup of tea, but it’s an interesting comic that will be popular among those who like this type of story.

Story: Clay Adams and Alexandre O. Philippe Art: Fabio Ramacci Colors: Hariq Chiocca
Story: 8.4 Art: 8.2 Overall: 8.4 Recommendation: Read Buy

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

We Live #3

Wednesdays (and now Tuesdays) 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

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

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

Black Cat #1 (Marvel) – The previous volume of the series was a lot of fun so that alone has us interested. The fact that it immediately ties into King in Black has us a bit nervous. But, crossing our fingers!

Blade Runner 2029 #1 (Titan Comics) – The cult series gets a new volume.

Canuck Beyond #1 (Chapterhouse Comics) – Captain Canuck has been a bit more of a wholesome superhero series and this new series throws the Canadian hero into another dimension!

The Expanse #1 (BOOM! Studios) – The television series comes to comics. The new limited series takes place between season 4 and 5 of the Amazon series.

Post Americana #1 (Image Comics) – The elite are who have made it to survival bunkers and there’s one person standing in the way of their attempt to subjugate the survivors.

Power Rangers #2 (BOOM! Studios) – If you’re new to the property, it’s still a great time to dive in! The first issue was a lot of fun with some great art.

RAI #10 (Valiant) – One of the best monthly comics coming out right now. It’s never too late to find out why!

Red X-Mas #1 (Scout Comics) – When Mrs. Claus dies in a tragic toy accident, Santa vows to make all those little brats pay!

Sam & His Talking Gun #1 (Scout Comics) – A tale of revenge. Brother vs. brother!

Second Coming: Only Begotten Son #1 (AHOY Comics) – The first volume of the series was fantastic mixing humor with enough to make you think. We’re hoping for more in this new volume.

Sh*tshow #1 (Scout Comics) – A mysterious force destroyed the world’s heroes and when it returns, one of the remaining must get sober to stop it.

Taarna #1 (Heavy Metal) – The classic Heavy Metal property is back!

Taskmaster #2 (Marvel) – The first issue was a lot of fun mixing action and humor.

We Live #3 (AfterShock) – One of the best new series of the year continues! Amazing art, great storytelling, this is one to catch up on if you haven’t.

Wolverine: Black, White, & Blood #2 (Marvel) – An anthology series from Marvel, the first issue was fantastic and we’re expecting more of the same.

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