Rating: 4/5 – Happy Holidays From DC’s Heroes!
By ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.
It’s a nice change of pace to read stories with some of your favorite characters that are light hearted, fun and where they aren’t trying to save the world from some terrible and dangerous threat. I used to love the issues of X-Men where the team took a break from the action to play some baseball as it allowed me to connect with the characters in a more casual way and to see them interacting in their personal lives. The DC Rebirth Holiday Special is a comic full of stories that keep the dangers to a minimum, all wrapped around a holiday theme with some cute endings and stories that made me smile and got me into the holiday spirit.
There are ten stories in total, with a framing sequence featuring Harley Quinn that runs throughout. This is a massive book that clocks in just under ninety pages! The stories range from just one page in length up to ten and although there are some stories that just didn’t connect with me, there were a few that really stood out.
The first story of this issue is called “The Last Minute” and it stars Superman, Batman, Robin and Superboy. It has Superman trying his best to find the hottest toy of the season while still saving the world. It’s written by Tim Seeley with art by Ian Churchill and it starts this book off on a high note! It has a touching ending that made me smile, then leads into the second story titled, “For the Dog Who has Everything”. This tale is only two pages with some wonderful art by Dan Jurgens and Norm Rapmund whose previous Superman work I’ve always been a fan of as they decide what to get Krypto for Christmas. Although I’m definitely going to love most any story with Krypto in it, this was still a cute tale that was a delight. There were some great stories starring Detective Chimp and Batman, the Flash and his Rogues, and Nightwing and Batgirl. While not every story was great, one starring the Titans and another with Batwoman missed the mark for me, but the majority of this issue had me entertained.
This Holiday special was a nice showcase for some of DC’s most popular characters. For an issue that is in no means required reading, the price tag of $9.99 may turn a lot of fans away, especially if you’re paying full price at your local shop. If you can get it for cheaper and if you want to have the DC characters help get you into the holiday spirit, then by all means seek this issue out, it was definitely a lot of fun!
Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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