Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville
This is the second special Christmas Klaus one-shot from Grant Morrison and Dan Mora, and while it’s an enjoyable enough romp, it’s not quite as good as last year’s Witch of Winter.
Set in the 1980s, there are some fun ideas explored, including the mission to commercialise Christmas by the ‘Pola-Cola’ corporation, the power of childhood imagination, and a dark mirror-image of Klaus (a sort of Bizarro Santa) that the hero has to battle.
But at the same time it all feels fairly conventional and familiar, especially as a regular reader of Morrison’s work. There’s some novelty in seeing these ideas mapped onto Christmas concepts, but at its core there’s not really much here that you haven’t seen before. Also, there’s a slight sense of plot elements being set up for future stories that aren’t brilliantly integrated into this one.
Dan Mora’s art continues to be impressive though, with a slightly looser inking style here and a more textured colouring approach that creates a nice atmosphere for the story.
At 50 pages or so, this is a substantial book that feels like a nice festive treat, and the production values of the issue are obviously quite high. But at US$7.99 it’s fairly pricey, especially when you could chuck in another couple of dollars and get a full TPB of something else.