World War III has ravaged the earth and if you’re not a member of a ruthless street gang, you’re probably a hideously deformed mutant. While carnage has enveloped the majority of the world, it’s business as usual in the North Pole. While Santa is still delivering presents to the few children who believe in him, there’s a plan hatched by The Marauders – a ruthless gang out of San Francisco – to take down Jolly Old Saint Nick once and for all. Can Santa fend off the forces of evil and restore some joy to a hopeless planet?
I received a free copy from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.
I was browsing Netgalley for something new to read when I spotted a comic written by Gerry Duggan and Brian Posehn. I’m a big fan of the team’s work on the new Deadpool series so when I saw that they had written a gore-splattered, darkly comedic take on the holiday season, I knew I had to snatch this one up.
Literally conceived over a game of Halo on XBOX Live, the two friends took Santa and injected him into a post-apocalyptic action movie filled with over-the-top violent scenes and fantastic one liners. While it did take a while for the story to pick up, the last quarter of the book kicks ass. There’s one panel near the end – and I absolutely refuse to spoil it – that had me laughing until I cried. If you’re a fan of movies like Army of Darkness or Shoot ‘Em Up, this one is for you.