5 Things to Like About the DC Universe Holiday Special 2009

I'm not a real Christmassy guy, but I can tell good comics from bad, and while I wouldn't say all the stories in this year's DC Christmas Special work (the Huntress story has unforgivable lettering mistakes, for example), most of them do, either as touching moments, or takes on Christmas yarns, or just as comedy. I'm not handing out a prize for getting published in time for Christmas, which these days, is something of a minor miracle, because I'm leaving my snarkiness at the door. Here's only SOME of the stuff to like in this comic.

1. Santa's secret originUsing the Superman myth to explain Santa Claus is a beautiful homage to both iconic figures. Hey, they do both have a North Pole address! Too short! Too short!

2. Classic Aquaman
Something of a gift to the fans, and it'd be nice to see a return of the original sea king in the fact that it was written by Dan Didio himself... The story's a bit too close to heresy for comfort, but it's a nice batch of Aquaman hero shots by Ian Churchill.

3. All three Blue Beetles
Who doesn't like Jamie? Who doesn't love Ted? Who doesn't want to see more of the Golden Age Blue Beetle? A great little tale about a three generations of small town crooks who got their clocks cleaned by the Blue Beetle legacy. That's what Christmas is all about!

4. Gotham's Christmas without sirens
Hope comes to Gotham City for just one day this year. I love how it completely flusters the GCPD. But once that time is up, it's up!

5. The JLA Christmas party
So many moments I could call attention to, like Firestorm molecularly spiking the punch, or the very funny gift exchange, but my favorite moment is shown above, possibly manufactured by artist Kevin Macguire. Seen it yet? It's Red Tornemo having to be pushed onto the dance floor! Perfect!

Have a great Christmas Eve everyone!


SallyP said...

It really was a goshdarned good Christmas special this year. Kevin Maguire is a GOD!

Oh, and Merry Christmas.

FoldedSoup said...

Merry Christmas, Siskoid.

Anonymous said...

I personally ignore the last page of the Day Without Sirens story. Takes some of the magic out of it.

rob! said...

It was great to have Classic Aquaman back for Xmas--and I'd love it if/when he returns, DC asks Ian Churchill to do the art--he did a great job on this story.

Merry Xmas Siskoid!

Christian Zamora said...

Aquaman and Ted Kord/Blue Beetle in one same book. My two favorite losers XD

Christmas is now complete.


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