Krampus everyone’s favorite holiday mischief maker is back in a collection from Image Comics. The book collects issue’s #1-5, along with some goodies. It’s available the first Wednesday in December, and is differently on my pull list that week.
He’s the Krampus, yuletide wielder of birch switches and punisher of wicked children, long locked up so that his particular brand of outdated discipline won’t ruin yet another Christmas. And he’s the unexpected hero of the Image Comics graphic novel KRAMPUS!, a jolly holiday romp by Brian Joines (Imagine Agents) and Dean Kotz (Charmed, Mask of the Red Panda).
Scheming Sugar Plum Fairies have stolen the Secret Society of Santa Clauses’ power, and the only one cunning enough to get it back is the Krampus. With his flying wolf Stutgaard, the Krampus sets out on a world-crossing mission, encountering other mythical figures of winter lore and uncovering a sinister scheme to topple the Santas. If it succeeds, it will change Christmas forever — and if Krampus succeeds in stopping it, so will he.
“I grew up with a kind of jaded, dark sense of humor and I love the idea of anything that punches holes in the bright and shiny ‘sacred cows’ of childhood and innocence, like Christmas,” said Joines in an interview at What’cha Reading?. “I think the Krampus is a figure that represents a rebellion against the false elements. In a lot of ways, it’s kind of cathartic.”
With raucous, action-packed art by Kotz and belly-laugh gags, KRAMPUS! arrives just in time for holiday cheer, in comic book stores on December 3 and bookstores on December 16. It is available for pre-order now.