Saturday, February 17, 2024

Scott's Take: Klaus by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Dan Mora


Klaus by Grant Morrison and illustrated by Dan Mora tells the story of Santa Year One. This is an origin book covering how Klaus became Santa in his first year. Taking classical elements of his backstory, various traditions, and other elements, this tale is set long ago in a medieval world full of magic. It tells a unique origin story of Santa as a revolutionary trying to bring joy to a town being oppressed by a tyrant. It’s hard to talk about the plot without ruining the story, but this Santa is more of an action hero than most Santa depictions.


Illustrator Dan Mora provides his wonderful art using bright colors and detailed imagery. Dan Mora is widely considered by many one of the best artists in comics today for a reason. He is really good.


The final fight between Santa and the big villain of the tale sees Santa uttering some excellent lines while facing off against a terrifying foe. The final fight might be my favorite part of the graphic novel.


I am not a Christmas guy anymore since my mom passed, but this was a really good read.  My one complaint is I wish the epilogue was a bit longer.


The second volume in the series is titled, Klaus: The New adventures of Santa Claus, and I look forward to reading it.

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My reading copy came from the Skyline Branch of the Dallas Public Library System.


Scott A. Tipple ©2024

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