Krampus #1 Review

The legends of Der Krampus are real, but before he can return to beating kids he must save Christmas from a bigger evil than himself.

The Good

Krampus takes the various legends of Christmas, Santa Claus, and even Der Krampus and weaves them together in a new and interesting way that both makes sense and answers some of the many lingering questions you have about Christmas. What could have been a generic story about a group of people hiring outside help to reclaim a stolen artifact, a plot that is seen in many TV Shows and movies, is turned into something more by the use of Christmas legends as its core. Further more, Krampus #1 manages to combine A Nightmare Before Christmas, The Punisher, and Escape From New York and somehow comes up with a fun and slightly dark story that I enjoyed immensely.

The Not So Good

The art of Krampus #1 may not be to liking. Dean Kotz has a style that, in my opinion, is better suited for a Batman or Punisher book and not a more campy Christmas themed comic. Another slight complaint is the level of campiness this book possesses. Several characters are pretty one dimensional, but this is done intentional and highlight the campiness of the book rather than reflect poor writing.

The Bottom Line

Full of quips, one liners, and quite a few moments that will both make you snicker and want to know more, Krampus #1 delivers action with a holiday twist. The end of issue one leaves you a hook that will make you want to come back for more, so be prepared to pick up the entire series if you pick up issue #1.

4.5 / 5
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Krampus #1
Released December 11, 2013
Writer Brian Joines
Artist Dean Kotz
Cover Artist Dean Kotz

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