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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  104 ratings  ·  36 reviews
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 Long imprisoned for his outdated methods, the holiday horror suddenly finds himself freed and tasked with a mission: recover the stolen power of the Secret Society of Santa Clauses!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 si ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published December 30th 2014 by Image Comics (first published December 17th 2014)
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
The Secret Society of Santa Clauses releases Krampus, yuletide terror and punisher of wicked children when the bones of St. Nicholas gets stolen. Because, without the bones, their powers are gone...

Already tired of Christmas? Tired of naughty children who only wants presents? Then this graphic novel is for you. Krampus is the opposite to Santa Clause and he is here to help them get the bones of St. Nicholas back, yes help, even though they locked him up 60 years ago.

I must admit that I wasn't th
Jan 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Greatly appreciate the recommend 😉
What a crazy ride, loved it!
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
So, the bones of St. Nicholas have been stolen, which is never a good thing. The Secret Society of Santas needs them back, so who they gonna call?

That's right - Krampus!


This conclave of formerly-jolly men reluctantly release the beast from his cell, interrupting his Downton Abbey viewing; he is a huge fan of the Dowager Countess. IF he can get the bones back, he will earn his freedom. BUT, to make sure he stays on task , he's fitted with a Naughty Bomb, which will go BOOM! if Krampus is a bad de
Athena Shardbearer
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley and Diamond Book Distributors for providing me with a free copy for review!

This graphic novel is HILARIOUS! It was great story and plot, and this Krampus had me laughing out loud.

Krampus has been in captivity by the Society of Santa Clauses for hundreds of years. Till one day, someone steals St. Nicholas skeletal remains in turn compromising all the Santa Clauses of the world magic. The only one that can save them now is Krampus, the Yule Lord. With his help he is to take
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Someone has stolen the bones of St Nicholas. The Secret Society of Santa Clauses have lost all their powers and in a desperate move decide to release Krampus to investigate the sinister goings on.

This was a lot of fun, the story was engaging, funny and although Krampus is the 'bad guy' you can't help but like him and root for him to succeed in his mission. There were some nice pop culture references th
Wayne McCoy
Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
'Krampus' is the kind of over the top graphic novel satire of Christmas that I don't mind reading this time of year. I thought this one was a bit better than some I've read.

The Secret Society of Santa Clauses has a problem. Someone has stolen the bones of St. Nicholas and taken their magic. As reindeer plummet through the North Pole workshop, they know they have to take desperate measures, so they decide to enlist Krampus to help them. Krampus has been locked up for years for his usual brand of
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love the being know as Krampus. Comics aren't my normal genre, but I won't turn one down. When I saw that there was a collected graphic novel containing issues of a Krampus comic I had never read, I had to request and read this. The story was great, combining quite a few wintry icons into this quest. (Although I didn't know about the zombie horse being one of said icons until I happened across a Facebook article.) This tale kept my attention, with some twists throughout. The art was top notch ...more
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I randomly picked this up on NetGalley because -- hello -- KRAMPUS! I adore goats and thus I adore the Krampus, so I could not really pass it by. This comic was a pretty cheeky and action-packed story, full of humor and nods to various Christmas traditions and cultures throughout the world. I thought the society of Santas was a great idea, and the way they had to rely on the Krampus to save their butts was awesome. This was a pretty fun little story, if a bit too action-story and less Krampus-aw ...more
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Loved it!!!!!
Sarah Rosenberger
Dec 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels

I love me some Krampus, and this was a funny, silly holiday story that managed to include some Santa legend history. Had the feel of the the old Myth books by Robert Aspirin. Some language, and a brief background shot of a [non-human?] stripper in a thong and bra, but would be okay for less conservative teen graphic novel collections.
Dec 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, read-in-2014
Not as much a deconstruction of the holiday as it is a savory treat to contrast with your normal holiday stories. mmmm....
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

"And zee KRAMPUS bows to No Man!"...

So here it is. Being obsessed with that ancient yule lord KRAMPUS I was desperately trying ro read more about him. But of course Brom's KRAMPUS was undoubtedly a super hit novel to read. Although this was a comic book but even so I just couldn't put out the thought of Gerald Brom's creation of his KRAMPUS Novel...

Now if you ask me about this comic which was all about the KRAMPUS well I will say it didn't do much impression on me if you know to what I am refe
I had thought the movie A Christmas Horror Story (2015) was going to be this epic battle between Santa and Krampus. I was so disappointed after watching it. But ever since then I've been craving something of that description and this graphic novel was pretty close. Thanks.

The violence isn't too bad or gory. I wouldn't classify this as horror. The art is decent. It's the story really that drew me in...the Santas have lost their power and enlist the help of Krampus to get it back.
Drago Mir
Aug 25, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comic-books
I felt like the idea for a Society of Santa Clauses was a really well thought idea, and, of course The Krampus, and the sugar-plums fairies were cool characters, but I didn’t enjoy the story at all. The Krampus turned out to be too ”good”. I didn’t like him at all. The villain was way more likable than him. I hated that the villain had to be camp and was surrounded by pink fairies while The Krampus was the good old masculine hero who will save the world from all the “freaks”.
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very witty, clever book with great art and tons of Santas from around the globe with fitting names to match! A little evil mixed in with the holiday spirit makes for a great tale!
Kayla Reed
This was enjoyable but it wasn't the Krampus I thought I was in for. The big revel at the end was unexpected and pretty funny but I'm disappointed it wasn't a full blown horror graphic novel.
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a really fun take on the Santa Claus (and other holiday) mythologies. Droll and entertaining.
Paxton Holley
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Really, really good Krampus tale. Great art as well. Uses the iconography of Christmas in different and exciting ways.
This is a trimmed down version of my review, to view the full review visit The Book Ramble.

I received a copy of this book from Diamond Book Distributors on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This comic book about Krampus, the punisher of naughty children, features the beast assisting the Santa Society after their powers were taken away from them. He faces other beats of the holiday world while trying to regain the Santas' powers and return the world to the way it should be - which is not
Oct 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I recommend this book especially because the authors managed to interweave a fair amount of Christmas folklore into the plot. We learn the names of multiple international Santa Claus/Father Christmas equivalents, although La Befana didn't make the cut, for some reason. While there is some mild profanity and discrete violence, the story isn't too gruesome or scary, unlike a lot of contemporary graphic novels and cinematic portrayals of Krampus these days. I would recommend this to older children ...more
Jan 11, 2015 rated it liked it
This was a little too knockabout for me, but I still stayed happily to the end. It's OK having all the different regional Fathers Christmas in one place, relying on their sworn enemy (an element of their legends too nasty to be continued into the current day and age) their only hope, but when the plot relies on you telling them apart and you can't, well… Plus there's another character that turns up that is just there because the creators *could*, not that they *should* have. Still, on the plus s ...more
Paul Allard
Jan 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Entertaining nonsense comic about Christmas

This comic collection deals with an attempt to destroy the various Father Christmases around the world (each community has its own version). The pawn used to fight the villain and to restore order is the Krampus, a creation who targets the naughty children not worthy of Father Christmas’s generosity. Many countries such as France, Italy and Spain have similar creations.

The Krampus is coerced into solving the problem of the theft of the bones of Saint Ni
Dec 14, 2014 rated it liked it
Have to admit that I honestly didn't know much about Krampus prior to reading so unsure if it stays true to much of the previous stories.

This was a fun, snark filled adventure. The Secret Society of Santas are in trouble and for some reason, they think the Krampus is their only hope.

It was pretty cool to see the Society and all the incarnations of Santa (with a handy little guide at the end of the book). Without giving a spoiler, my by far favorite was the appearance of a strangely out of place
Jan 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: digital-book
I first heard of the Krampus when I took German in high school. We discussed various holiday traditions, with St. Nikolaus, the Krampus and Knecht Ruprecht all mentioned.

I greatly enjoyed the Krampus! graphic novel. I thought that the idea of a Secret Society of Santa Claus was a brilliant move, and reading this actually made me hit up Wikipedia afterwards, to read up on the various Santa traditions world-wide. Located at the back of the novel was a listing of the assorted Santas, if you're inte
Elle Markov
Jul 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was funny twist on the stories of Santa Clause, St. Nick, Father Christmas and all others.

Krampus the big baddie that knew how to educate spoiled, misbehaving children has been locked away for quite some time. When the Secret Society of Santa Clauses needs his help, Krampus goes all over running into winter icons, discovering sinister plots and saving the day.

This book was inventive and gives us a look at the other side of Christmas; you know the side that involves a horned monster eating
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Krampus had been imprisoned by The Secret Society of Santa Clauses for being to harsh on bad boys and girls. However, when Sugar Plum fairies working for an unknown person, steal the bones of St. Nicholas causing the Society to loose their magic, they release Krampus to track down the offending party. Krampus endures many misadventures (facing Doc Holliday among them) before achieving the return of Society's magic. Only in the end is the villain revealed. This was a fun read that put me in mind ...more
Feb 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015, graphic-novels
A light-hearted graphic novel about the Krampus, the spirit that in German folklore that punishes bad children during the Christmas season. Having been locked up by the Society of Santas for years, the Krampus is released when the bones of St. Nicholas (the source of their magical powers) are stolen. He soon uncovers a vast conspiracy to take down the Santas. Yes, it's a silly concept, but it's an entertaining story with lots of Christmas mythology.

[I received an advanced e-galley of this graph
Aug 18, 2015 rated it liked it
A secret society of Santas thrown into turmoil. A dash Soviet era intrigue laced with bitterness and a rough but charming demonic creature who just wants to give children what they deserve. Toss in all the yuletide and wintry characters you can think of and you have Krampus!.

It's a bizarre holiday romp that while satisfying is empty calories.
Dec 18, 2014 rated it liked it
A nice break from the over cheerfulness of the holiday season, featuring s character I have been interested in for some time now, Krampus. The adventure features Santa Clauses from multiple countries, and an assortment of creatures of folklore and literature. A nice bit of holiday horror in graphic novel form.
Dec 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
KRAMPUS brings a creative and fun spin on holiday mythology. Krampus' commentary throughout the story was hilarious! I loved the incorporation of so many popular characters, especially Doc Holliday. My only dislike was Mos Gerila. His motive was tiresome and did not equal the brilliance of the rest of the cast in fantastic graphic novel.
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