It shouldn’t be a surprise that I love holiday specials. I like happiness, screwball comedy, and short storylines, and holiday specials are the cookie tins of the comics world: they offer a variety of small treats, sprinkled with joy, and absolutely packed full of nuts.
The issue starts off with a funny send-up on the tale of Superman’s origin, and hints that there is a Kryptonian fortress at the North Pole, as well as the South Pole. Then there’s the JLA Christmas Party, and why you should never have Batman as a door greeter or hire Hawkgirl as a personal shopper.
There’s a sweet homage to the Line Of Blue Beetles, and another way to spin the Bat fable.
The stand-out, however, is a story by Dan Didio about Aquaman’s Christmas, implying that Arthur was one of the Three Kings present at the birth of a new messiah, after he saved Mary from pirates with a mind-controlled Kraken. I cannot count the number of ways that that is blasphemous, but, as Homer Simpson would say, ‘Mmmmmmmm. Sacrilicious.’
Some days it’s easy to love the DCU. Shine on, you crazy diamond.