“A Christmas story for horror fans.”

Meet the Krampus, yuletide terror and punisher of wicked children. Long imprisoned for his outdated methods, the holiday horror suddenly finds himself freed and tasked with a mission: recover the stolen power of the Secret Society of Santa Clauses! With his flying wolf Stutgaard, the Krampus crosses the globe, encountering various figures of winter lore and uncovering a sinister scheme to topple the Santas and change Christmas as we know it forever!

For those of you who may not be familiar with what the Krampus is, it’s a creature that goes and punishes all the bad boys and girls who are on the naughty list. This has been an old folk tale for a few centuries now.

The story revolves around the Secret Society Of Santa Clauses, which includes Santas from all over the world who deliver the presents to good boys and girls. And for centuries now they have had the Krampus held captive—after deciding that its method of torture for anyone on the naughty list was no longer acceptable. But once a mysterious person steals the bones of Saint Nicholas—which grants the Santas their powers—they are out of options and decide the Krampus is their only option left to try to figure out who took the bones, then get them back in exchange for the Krampus’ freedom.

The art has a really gritty look and feel to it. It works well with the Krampus looking like this weird mixture of a green goat person hybrid sort of thing. I really like the design of Krampus and all of the different Santas from around the globe.

I actually read this book during Christmas Eve and on Christmas, which I thought was kind of fitting considering the story. It was pretty enjoyable, with a lot of interesting characters in the story and the mythos building done very well. I’m not sure if there is a second volume to this or not, but they definitely leave it open for one. It’s something I need to look into.

I’m giving Krampus…

3 shots of whiskey

3 Out Of 5 Whiskey Shots

Written by: Brian Joines
Art by: Dean Kotz
Published by: Image comics

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