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Putting the “X” in X-Mas...

December 12, 2018

 

It’s that time of year again, the holiday season! You know what that means?

 

YES! Seasonal Comic Issues!

 

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule, Saturnalia, Krampusnacht or Festivus, t’is the season to be jolly! And what better way to celebrate your respective holiday than to read some comics!

 

But the real question is which holiday inspired issue should you pick up?

 

Well since the DC Winter Special is 10 bucks and the other Marvel special doesn’t come out for another two weeks, let’s take a look at how the Uncanny X-Men celebrate the season, shall we?

 

Unlike other holiday specials, this one is structured more like an Advent calendar with a story for each day, leading up to December 25th which is a nice touch. Some stories are one-offs, some stories are spread out over several days/pages, and some are connected to a degree, but all in all there are some quality stores from some quality creators.

 

I’ll keep it light and talk about a few of the stand-outs so HERE WE GO!

 

December 1st, 6th, 11th, 20th, 25th: Jubilee and her son Shogo try to make it to Hawaii for Christmas but are kidnapped by Arcade to be in his newest creation, the Murder Mall which he’s trying to sell to some uninformed mall proprietors. Being both an X-Man and a mallrat, she’s able to survive this death trap, kick Arcade’s ass and rescue Shogo’s Bamf plushie.

This story was an enjoyable holiday romp, short and sweet like a back-up story, even though this is the longest story of the issue. The art by Marco Failla is bubbly and energetic and Israel Silva makes the colors look both explosive and festive. The dynamic team of Chris Sims and Chad Bowers do a fantastic job writing a fun, cute, festive, story. Shogo will never stop being my favorite X-kid and seeing Jubilee in her natural element is a great idea and throwback to her roots. Awesome and Christmas-tacular!

 

8.5/10 Closed Malls

 

 

December 3rd: Wolverine saves a family’s Hanukkah celebration when he clears their driveway with his hot claws as he fights Hand ninjas. At least they’re good for something. Written by Charles Soule, Art by Ryan Browne, Colored by Jordan Boyd. Fun little one shot page.

 

7/10 Dismembered Hand Ninjas

 

 

December 9th: Magneto saves some mutants in Warsaw who teach him to appreciate miracles and his faith.  Magento writer extraordinaire Cullen Bunn gives us a nice, thoughtful one-shot for Hanukkah. Roland Boschi and Dan Brown provide calm and somber art and coloring, respectively, to match Bunn’s script.

 

7.5/10 Destroyed Robots

 

 

December 14th: Nightcrawler interrupts Old Man Logan’s alone time of chopping down trees in the wilderness to give him an early Christmas present and invite him to an X-Men party. Props to Chip Zdarsky for pulling writing, drawing, and coloring duties in heartfelt one-shot for the issue and for digging out that throwback to X-Men King Size Annual #4.

 

10/10 Swaddling Chips in a Manger

 

 

So I could go on but with the menial $4.99 price tag for the 25 stories you get, you guys should seriously consider picking it up and reading it for yourselves.

 

Over-all Verdict: Totally Worth It.

 

 

Happy Hanukkah!

Merry Christmas!

Happy Kwanzaa!

Happy Solstice!

Happy Holidays!

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