“Krampus: Shadow of Saint Nicholas” – Spoiler Free Comic Review

YOU BETTER WATCH OUT…
KRAMPUS IS COMING TO TOWN.

Ancient folklore warns of a mythical counterpart to Santa Claus, who punishes naughty children every Christmas… his name is KRAMPUS. Michael Dougherty presents the official graphic novel based on his festive horror comedywhich expands the mythology of this iconic terror with an anthology of three deliciously twisted morality tales that will leave you praying you are not on the naughty list.

At the most wonderful time of the year, a drunken mall Santa comes under siege from some very mischievous Christmas spirits, a dysfunctional cop becomes trapped with the man who ruined his life and the wealthy town “scrooge” must face the shadows from his past as his home comes under invasion from the homeless. This Christmas, Krampus will make sure they all get what they deserve.

Michael Dougherty, the writer/director behind cult horror hit Trick ‘r Treat, is joined by a fantastic team of creators, uniting Krampus co-screenwriters Zach Shields and Todd Casey and artists Fiona Staples (Saga), Christian Dibari (Hoax Hunters), Maan House (Witchblade), and Stuart Sayger (Bram Stoker’s Death Ship) to deliver a twisted gift for the holiday season.


I watched the film in 2016 for the first time, and learned around this same time last year that they also made a comic for Krampus. I had to pick myself up a copy, purchase links are below. I’m gonna bring you all a spoiler free review.

TALE #1

It’s Christmas Eve, and finally parents are lined up with Santa at the mall for last minute gifts. However “Santa” isn’t feeling good and is in need of “juice”, but when a big storm hits and knocks out power. It’s up for everyone who is trapped inside, especially Santa to get out alive.

TALE #2

When Officer Kim visits her sisters grave, she is determined to find who is reasonable for her cause of death no matter what. Even if it’s meant by a sign, little does Kim know that even adults can be punished for their naughty deeds. And hopefully be able to start going to family gatherings again.

TALE #3

Money can get the best of us at times, we get greedy and want things done faster just for our benefits. Like Tad Ferguson, but instead he got his own “Christmas Carol”.

TALE #4

The finale, where everyone has awoken what seemed to have been a dream. Grum Von Krampus. Where everyone knows their place.

As a fan of the 2015 Krampus film, this comic keeps the creatures we know and loved watching on the big screen or even on our very own TV’s. It felt like as if I was watching another story within stories come together. The artwork is good, writing of each tale that leads to the grand finale is what we have lost. The real meaning of Christmas, but then again maybe there are those who have lost the holiday spirit after all. I’d highly recommend this comic for your collection, if you enjoyed Michael Dougherty’s Krampus approach, you should enjoy these tales as well. Because you may never know if you’re being watched or not.


Purchase for Goodness Sake

Comixology ($14.99)
Amazon ($14.99)
Local Comic Locator

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