Ryan Thomason

Enjoy a Spiked Eggnog by the Fire with Some Holiday Music: Time to Read KRAMPUS!

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Oh man. Where, oh where, do I start with Krampus? Surprisingly good? A new Christmas gifting tradition? Just plain fun for this time of year? Yes, yes, and yes.


Krampus TPB
Writer: Brian Joines
Artist: Dean Kotz
Colors: Ron Riley
Letters: Charles Pritchett
Publisher: Image Comics

Release date: December 17, 2014

Order a copy of Krampus TPB for yourself and everyone you know to spread a little Christmas cheer, or punish them. Your choice.

When I got my assignment for this comic, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve heard of Krampus before, through some late night Christmas wikipedia reading that started with Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet (Dutch Santa and his “helper”). I wasn’t sure what to expect until I saw the cover for this trade, and as the grin slowly grew on my face I knew I was in for something fun.

The story can be boiled down to this, without giving too much away. Krampus has been in prison for some 60 years. The Secret Society of Santas placed him there after they had decided to do away with punishing children and Krampus just couldn’t stop. The bones of St. Nicholas, the source of all the Santa’s powers have been stolen thus rendering them all powerless, reindeer-less, and elves that are slowly turning increasingly stupid. Only Krampus, with his powers that don’t come from the bones, can help solve just what the heck is going on.

I actually enjoyed the story quite a bit. It was so compelling that I couldn’t stop reading until I finished the last page. I know what you’re thinking: it sounds weird to say that I was honestly shunning everything else because I got so invested in the story. Krampus is something that fits me so perfectly as a geek on this lead up to Christmas, I feel like I now have to add reading it to my yearly traditions after watching Christmas Vacation and Elf.

I didn’t have many issues with the comic for the most part. Brain Joines has a good story, he weaves in all the things you think about when it comes to Christmas traditions and characters from all around the world. It’s done in a way that makes the whole overarching story twisted with humor without poking anybody in the eye. The art by Dean Kotz is engaging, I enjoyed his take on the look of Krampus and all the holiday characters we’ve come to know that make appearances, yes, even Doc Holliday (it was a clerical error/oversight he got powers).

If you are looking to give the comic loving friend or family member something that fits with the season, seriously, just buy them Krampus! It’s perfect for this time of year and I found myself enjoying it with a cup of spiked eggnog and some holiday music in the background. I just hope these guys make another one for next year.

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