Morrison & Mora’s Klaus Returns With Joe Christmas This December

by James Ferguson

Writer Grant Morrison and artist Dan Mora are back with another oversized one-shot Santa adventure in Klaus and the Life & Times of Joe Christmas. Due out in December 2019 from Boom! Studios, this book continues to reimagine the Santa Claus mythology in new and interesting ways. In this case, in a silent fashion.
Klaus and the Life & Times of Joe Christmas introduces us to a regular human man who has known Klaus all his life and has even fought beside him for most of it. There are 25 two-page vertical spreads throughout this issue, each one showing a new Christmas adventure depicting a day in the incredible life of Joe Christmas. This very special young boy grows up to be one of Klaus’ staunchest allies and closest friends.

This has become a holiday tradition at Boom! Studios, with each year seeing the release of a new Klaus comic. This one-shot gives us a glimpse at a never-before-seen period of the character’s past, filled with gigantic battles against monsters, beautiful moments of holiday spirit, and special guest appearances from old allies and new foes.
Writer Grant Morrison says:

As ever, working with Dan Mora on a new Klaus story is a highlight of my year. For this year’s special we decided to do something a little different by creating a Christmas advent calendar story featuring 25 iconic scenes from the adventures of Klaus. We wanted to give Dan free rein for his remarkable creativity and imagination while also providing a narrative element that allows the images to tell the exciting, poignant and completely wordless life story of one Joe Christmas, from his humble beginnings to his inevitable end, as we see how that life has been affected and changed by his encounters and adventures with Klaus.

Mora illustrated the main cover for Klaus and the Life & Times of Joe Christmas. No word yet on any variants.
Artist Dan Mora adds:

Every year I look forward to working with Grant on a brand new issue of Klaus. I love visiting this world and drawing all new characters, monsters, and planets, but this year is going to be very special because the entire issue is silent!” said artist Dan Mora. “That means I’ve worked overtime to capture every nuance of storytelling, character, and action to bring this Klaus story to life and introduce everyone to the Life & Times of Joe Christmas, making this a very exciting challenge for me and hopefully a very exciting issue for fans.

Klaus and the Life & Times of Joe Christmas is set for release on December 18th, 2019.
Eric Harburn, Senior Editor, Boom! Studios says:

Just when you think there’s nothing special left to say about Santa Claus, Grant and Dan rise to the challenge. With over fifty pages of Dan Mora’s art and Grant’s masterfully minimalist storytelling, this year’s special may be our most powerful yet. Grant and Dan have truly outdone themselves with this wordless issue of Klaus that will delight longtime fans and astonish new readers.

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