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3.50  ·  Rating details ·  2,228 ratings  ·  291 reviews
Meet Nick Sax, a corrupt, intoxicated ex-cop turned hit-man, adrift in a stinking twilight world of casual murder, soulless sex, eczema, and betrayal. With a hit gone wrong, a bullet in his side, the cops and the mob on his tail, and a monstrous child killer in a Santa suit on the loose, Nick and his world will be changed forever this Christmas.

By a tiny blue horse called
Paperback, 96 pages
Published April 30th 2013 by Image Comics (first published January 1st 2013)
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Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comix

A Christmas Carol!

It’s A Wonderful Life!

Frosty the Snowman!

Now we can add “Happy” to the list of charming, Yule tide classics. This plot point list just makes me want to pour myself an eggnog and hang with Grandma, trimming the Christmas Tree: Hit men, hookers, mobsters, crooked cops, adultery, a staggering body count, violence and gore, a child pornography ring, a psychotic heroin-addicted Santa Claus, a pedophile priest, a whiny kid on a train, a repugnant protagonist and more f-bombs than you
Well that was brilliant. A fairly simple but masterly executed iteration of A Christmas Carol, except the redeemed character exists in the seediest city ever. Nick Sax is a low life former detective, now drinker, gambler, and contract killer. He’s surprised by Happy!, a tiny blue horse and imaginary friend, who desperately needs his help. All the while there’s creepy Santa, crooked cops, and mafia bozos. Only those with a deep dark sense of humor need apply.
Dec 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A hitman takes out some brothers and has the mob after him in response. After being sent to the hospital with a gunshot wound, Sax starts seeing a little blue flying horse named Happy. Happy is an imaginary friend after him to save his best friend who's been kidnapped by a demented Santa. So the two of them eventually team up to take on the mob and save Happy's little girl.

Darrick Robertson provides some great art. This almost feels like a Garth Ennis book over a Grant Morrison one.
Anthony Vacca
Jun 23, 2015 rated it liked it
Finally someone made a holiday story just for me. Nick Sax used to be a cop with a lovely wife; now he's a bitter, lonely, overweight, alcoholic hitman with a bad case of eczema - you know, you're typical Scrooge in need of a heartwarming reminder about the true spirit of Christmas. That's where Happy the Horse comes in. Happy is your typical holiday helper - a pint-sized, blue cartoon pony with wings that serves as the imaginary friend of a sweet, little girl. Unfortunately, Happy's special fri ...more
Jesse A
Aug 27, 2014 rated it liked it
A unique profane Holiday/Crime/Comedy. About as straight forward as anything Morrison has ever done. Short and the ending was abrupt but not bad.
James DeSantis
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
So I spent a hour or so reading interviews from Grant Morrison on other writers. He seems to have a issue with a lot of other high profile writers. However, the funniest one was with Mark Millar. Not sure what happened to break their friendship but Grant is NOT a fan of Mark Millar AT all. Grant goes as far as to say if he sees Millar again he's hoping he's going 100 Mph. Fucked up huh?

So why am I saying all this? Happy! reminds me of a Mark Millar story BIG time with a little bit more social c
⭑⭑⭑I try to make it a tradition every holiday season to read a book that can inspire a bit of holiday cheer. And because I've really gotten into reading comics this year, to get in the Yuletide spirit, I thought I'd read Happy!, a graphic novel by Grant Morrison about a disgraced former cop turned shitty hitman, who is visited by a little blue cartoon-donkey-unicorn-pegasus-thing named Happy that wants his help in saving a kidnapped little girl.

It seemed like Morrison had full freedom here and
Sam Quixote
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this Christmas Carol-esque, guns and unicorns tale of a world-weary cop, his imaginary (or is it?) friend, and a sadistic Santa. Morrison and Robertson knock out an entertaining mini-series. Full review here!
George K.
Jan 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Βαθμολογία: 7/10

Πριν κάτι μέρες πέτυχα σ'ένα παλαιοβιβλιοπωλείο το συγκεκριμένο κόμικ και το τσίμπησα δίχως δεύτερη σκέψη. Έκδοση της Image, Grant Morrison στο εξώφυλλο (δεν θυμάμαι να έχω διαβάσει πολλά έργα του, αλλά είναι μεγάλο όνομα στο χώρο), πολύ ωραίο σχέδιο, και συν τοις άλλοις η βάση για μια καινούργια σειρά, που μου τράβηξε αμέσως την προσοχή και έχω σκοπό να τη δω στο μέλλον (α, και με κόστος μόνο πέντε ευρώ!). Χμ, δεν μπορώ να πω ότι ενθουσιάστηκα κιόλας. Η βασική ιδέα μου άρεσε και
Harry Casey-Woodward
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I saw the TV show and thought it was the maddest, baddest series I’ve ever seen. So I was delighted to learn there’s a comic. I’m glad to learn that the show remains faithful to the spirit of the book, complete with violence, cursing and grotesque humour in the same fashion as Garth Ennis’s ‘Preacher’ comics. Mentioning Ennis, the same artist who drew his series ‘The Boys’ also brought his disgustingly graphic talents to ‘Happy!’. The TV adaptation of ‘Happy!’ is essentially an extension of this ...more
L. McCoy
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who want a darker Christmas story to read.
Alright so I would just like to point something out. A little blue, comedic, flying animal that talks a lot, it has wings even though the kind of animal it is doesn’t usually have wings and is named Happy. I’m pretty much 90% sure Morrison has seen and/or read Fairy Tail.

What’s it about?
Nick is an ex-cop, now a killer and is in some trouble. He ended up in the hospital and thinks he’s seeing things when a little blue, flying, talking horse shows up. The horse’s name is Happy, he’s the imaginary
Wing Kee
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Simple and Violent.

World: The art is solid, it’s gritty, it’s dirty and that’s the world that this creative team wants to create. Happy is a large jarring difference to the world and that’s meant to be and I enjoyed that. The world building here is simple, it’s a mob story in a corrupt city, that’s all that really matters.

Story: Basic in premise and execution with the added coloring of Happy being in the story. It’s a basic revenge and redemption tale that hard boiled has been churning out since
Nov 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comics were never like this! Happy! Is a gritty noir crime graphic novel complete with corrupt cops, hit men, winos, exploding pacemakers, go go dancers, bad santas, adulterers, mobsters, kidnappers, gunfire, poker games, and all kinds of general coarseness and nastiness. And, of course, a little winged blue horse that gives it just enough humor to cut the darkness. Thanks to Image Comics for providing a copy for review.
Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
I like that this was an attempt to be light-hearted by Morrison and the fact it is short kept him from revisiting the usual themes, but the ending was too abrupt and didn't translate very well.
Feb 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
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Apr 06, 2013 rated it really liked it

If you are not familiar with the genre of graphic novels, this is probably not the place for you to start. This is not a comic book. This is a dark, dirty, depressing, distressing, gruesome, gritty, gory story that can actually make you laugh and maybe even feel a little good. Really.

Maybe I'm just getting old and cranky, and I'm starting to sound like the type of person I used to complain about, but we really need a constant ba
Mar 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Not a bad little comic. This is Morrison at his most accessible, meaning you don't need a Masters in Literature to know what the hell he's talking about here, ala some of those issues of The Invisibles. It's dark, violent and funny, and coupled with Darick Robertson's artwork, the book feels more like a Garth Ennis story than a Grant Morrison one. A recommend if you want your Christmas stories to come with a some edge.
Sooraya Evans
Feb 02, 2018 rated it liked it
A kidnapped girl's imaginary friend comes to life seeking help from a disgraced cop turned hitman.
But there are more twists to the fact.
The annoying blue horse kinda reminded me of Shrek's donkey.
Overall, Happy! is fast paced, straight to the point and entertaining.
I was quite surprised that I enjoyed it.
Rituraj Kashyap
The book felt like a cross between Mark Millar and Garth Ennis stories. Thought I would enjoy it but everything seemed rushed and the lack of character development really put me off.
Originally posted at The BiblioSanctum:

Someone needs to point me at a Grant Morrison book that proves the hype. Yes, I have read Batman: Arkham Asylum and agree that it was pretty good. Had I not read it before, I would have learned about how awesome it was when I struggled through Supergods, where Morrison repeatedly pointed out that fact. Then there was his run on New X-Men where one of my all time favourite X-stories ripped out of the pages of Classic X-Men #27, but with all of the subtlety a
Miguel Lupián
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este cómic me lo prestó mi amigo y comicólogo Ramón Fernández al enterarse que me había gustado mucho la adaptación a serie de televisión (la puedes ver en Netflix). Al terminarlo valoré todavía más la serie, pues respeta la esencia del cómic (humor negro, violencia gráfica) y lo que añade no se siente forzado, al contrario. Además, paradójicamente, debido al formato televisivo le da tiempo para desarrollar mejor al protagonista, Nick Sax, y Happy, el extraño bicho azul, brilla muchísimo más. Si ...more
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Nick is a beaten down, but well trained ex cop who starts hallucinating and seeing a blue flying unicorn named "Happy". Happy is actually an imaginary friend and is there to lead him to find a girl named Hailey who has been kidnapped. I liked this graphic novel a lot especially for the action and artwork. The language was a bit much but overall it was an exciting Mini-series. It was also great seeing Santa Claus get his ass kicked and getting beaten up by imaginary friends. Only Grant M
May 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Short & sweet. A 4-issue mini-series that's pretty straightforward for Morrison (no "meta-" angle, no need to use drugs to understand the story), and the art style by Darick Robertson is a good fit with the storyline: Gritty & dark. And something else makes this stand apart from most of Morrison's other work: a happy ending (of sorts).

Definitely for a mature audience, what with the non-stop F-Bombs and graphic violence, with a slew of unsavory characters, bent cops, ubiquitous mob prese
Alex Sarll
Ahead of the TV adaptation, with Chris Meloni and Patton Oswalt perfectly cast as the fucked-up ex-cop hitman and the talking blue horse, a new deluxe edition of Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s gruesome festive fable. It’s had a few extra pages added - something of which, as a buyer of single comics, I always disapprove. Not that I spotted them, mind; I did when Morrison and Quitely’s We3 got the equivalent treatment a few years back, but then I’d reread that more times in the interim, bec ...more
Tomer Soiker
Grant Morrison mimics Garth Ennis - and the result is quite a mediocre Morrison action thriller. The big twist is obvious from miles, mostly because Morrison and Robertson plant a smoking gun in the most unsubtle way. Happy the horse is a bizarre yet refreshing addition to the mix, but otherwise it doesn't hold to any Morrison standards I grew accustomed to for years.
Dec 25, 2017 rated it liked it
I won this book as a Goodreads Giveaway.

I had no idea this was a holiday-themed graphic novel, so it was fortuitous that I read it on Christmas Eve. But there’s no Yuletide joy to be had here. Instead, this is a gritty crime drama featuring blood, gore, violence and possibly the most unexpected character in any comic—a bright-blue, goofy winged unicorn named “Happy.”

So how does it come to be that a hitman with a heart of stone teams up with a critter that would probably be rejected as too cutes
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Este no es ni por asomo el mejor comic de Morrison que haya leído, es una obra menor dentro de su larga bibliografía. De todas maneras me la pasé muy bien leyéndola, a pesar de que está impregnada de un pesimismo bastante brutal y un personaje principal de lo más decadente, en una mezcla de cuento de terror con toques de policial negro.

Tiene sus buenos momentos turbios, sus momentos de humor y ese toque de surrealismo que tanto caracteriza a Morrison y que vuelve bastante personales cada una de
Stewart Tame
Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Good, lunatic fun from Grant Morrison. A professional killer is entreated to save a little girl on Christmas Eve by the little girl's imaginary friend. Lots of hardboiled tough talk versus cartoony sweetness and light. Imagine Mike Hammer teaming up with Roger Rabbit in a non family friendly story. Sort of reminds me of Keith Giffen and Robert Loren Fleming's classic March Hare comics. Fun stuff!
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Didnt really like this. I found the plot a little slow and haphazard. The art was good and fun, but story wise never really got going for me. Even the abducted children plot seemed too similar to other stories.
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Scottish comic book author Grant Morrison is known for culture-jamming and the constant reinvention of his work. He is known for his nonlinear narratives and countercultural leanings in his runs on titles including DC Comics' Animal Man, Batman, JLA, The Invisibles, Action Comics, All-Star Superman, and Doom Patrol, and Marvel Comics' New X-Men and Fantastic Four. Many of these are controversial, ...more
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