Most everyone has a holiday tradition that they come back to every year, be it cooking a certain meal, using certain decorations, reading certain books, or watching certain movies. I for one can’t call it Christmas until I’ve watched “Elf,” “Christmas Vacation,” and “Home Alone,” or listened to ‘N Sync’s timeless Christmas album (I’m a child of the 90’s). However, I bet most people don’t curl up in a warm blanket with a nice Christmas themed comic, and that’s a shame as there are a lot of great ones out there. Here are a few of my favorite comics that will fill you with holiday cheer.
Journey into Mystery #632
This issue takes right after the first arc of Kieron Gillen’s fantastic “Journey into Mystery” run, but you don’t need to know anything about that. All you need to know is that it’s Christmas in Asgardia, and Kid Loki has a lot of adorable puppies to give away. Did I mention that the puppies are hel hounds? This is a heartwarming story beautifully rendered by the incredible Mitch and Elizabeth Breitweiser, who are also alumni have my Alma Mater!
This one is for the more adult crowd, and features 5 grown up Christmas stories dealing with psycho serial killers, vengeful dust angels, magical political assassinations, and a lot more. Featuring some of the best talent in comics, this issue a lot of bang for your buck. If your favorite Christmas movie is “Nightmare Before Christmas,” you owe it to yourself to read this issue.
While most of the entries in this list are single issues, this is full length graphic novel written and drawn by the incredible Lee Bermejo. Telling the story of Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” through the lens of the Batman universe may seem a little unoriginal, but the results are fantastic, and not quite what you might expect. If you’re tired of more traditional Christmas stories, this is a perfect book for the family to gather round and read on Christmas Eve.
This is the newest story to make the list, having just been released yesterday. This is the story of six days in the life of Hawkeye as he attempts to relax during the holiday season, though things don’t go as planned for the very human Avenger. This story perfectly captures the spirit of the season and manages to include Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza shutouts within its pages. David Aja’s simple but beautiful art style will wrap you in, and even if it’s not snowing where you are, you’ll feel it’s a white Christmas.
Green Lantern: Larfleeze Christmas
Larfleeze, the Orange Lantern, is a being of pure avarice. This holiday special tells the tale of the muppet like alien’s first encounter with our bizarre Earth holiday. Of course, the story of a man who comes around and brings everything you ask for is going to entice the universe’s greediest being, so Larfleeze dons his best Santa outfit and goes looking for jolly Saint Nick. A comedy in the vein of “Elf” or “The Grinch”, Larfleeze learns the true meaning of Christmas as he realizes there is only one thing he really wants. As an added bonus, the issue features cut out ornaments and a recipe for Larfleeze’s Orange Lantern sugar cookies, which are really very good.
There are hundreds of other holiday themed comics out there, but these are just a few of my favorites. If there are more that you love, feel free to mention them in the comments. If you don’t live near a comic store, most of these issues are purchasable through Comixology or other digital comic vendors. So, grab your comics (or tablet), your holiday drink of choice (mine is egg nog), and someone you care about and have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanza, Festivus for the rest-of-us, and a blessed New Year.