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(Klaus Vol. 1)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,023 ratings  ·  197 reviews
Comics legend Grant Morrison introduces us to an old friend, Santa Claus, as we've never seen him before.

He’s a myth. He’s a legend. He’s loved worldwide by children and adults alike . . . but does anyone truly know the origins of Santa Claus? Set in a dark fantastic past of myth and magic, Klaus tells the origin story of Santa Claus. It’s the tale of one man and his wolf
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published November 15th 2016 by BOOM! Studios
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L. McCoy Unless I missed something it wasn’t as graphic as I expected it to be.
Violence was either a light R or hard PG-13 and the sexual content never gets…more
Unless I missed something it wasn’t as graphic as I expected it to be.
Violence was either a light R or hard PG-13 and the sexual content never gets worse than characters being involved in a romantic relationship but it doesn’t even show kissing or anything (the only romantic-ish thing it shows is a couple dancing in the final chapter).
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David Schaafsma
If you find typical Christmas tales such as Twas the Night Before Christmas a tad sentimental and cloying, try out this alternative origin story for Santa Claus, an historical fantasy set in the middle ages, featuring a warrior named Klaus who would defeat an Evil Lord Magnus who enslaves his men in mines and cancels Yuletide and toys for children. Klaus, with a touch of psychedelic magic and a very real commitment to Doing Good for the people in this land and especially children, changes all th ...more
Sam Quixote
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-comics-2016
It’s Yuletime but there’s no seasonal respite for the put upon townsfolk of Grimsvig – the evil Lord Magnus is forcing the men to work in the coal mines on Christmas Day while the children are banned from having toys or any fun. But magic is in the air so you better not cry – Santa Klaus is coming to town!

Dubbed “All-Star Santa” by some clever wag, Grant Morrison and Dan Mora’s Klaus is the secret origin of Santa Claus, and it’s brilliant!

If you’re familiar with Morrison’s work, you’ll know he
Apr 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Grant Morrison takes on Santa Claus. No this is not some strange made-for-tv-movie plot. The British comic book writer has linked his impressive writing talents with the beautiful art style of Dan Mora. The result is a gorgeous Graphic Novel telling the story of Santa.

Into the town of Grimsving a wandering trader of fur pelts comes. But the nice, welcoming town is not the same anymore. Something terrible has happened. Thus starts the tale of Klaus. Klaus, a former soldier of the old Baron, has l
Jun 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Take Rankin & Bass's "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" , mix in some high fantasy and German folklore and you have Grant Morrison and Dan Mora's Klaus. I was very leery going into this, afraid this would be some metaphysical, Vertigo-like Grant Morrison nonsense, but Morrison gives us a straight forward story and it's fantastic. Accompanied by some blisteringly beautiful artwork by Dan Mora. As far as I know this is only his second series and his work is already top tier. Lush, vivid backgroun ...more
L. McCoy
I know I already said this in a status update for this book but it’s the only thing I can think of to say in the beginning of this review. Ho-ho-holy s***! This book is so much better than I expected it to be! I honestly expected a gritty Santa comic to be ridiculous but it’s actually pretty awesome!

What’s it about?
This comic takes place in a town that has a baron who is a very evil person, he has something against people being happy, kids that aren’t his son having fun as well as having a bunch
Craig Maxwell
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a perfect Christmas Eve read, telling the origins of “Klaus” in the most action packed way, and who knew Santa Claus was so hot!
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Grant Morrison’s Klaus is basically Santa Claus: Year One, a comic that treats this classic folklore character as a superhero, giving him an origin story. It’s a fantastic read complete with great story and characters, and of course very fitting for the Christmas season. Morrison’s writing is usually not for everybody, but this is maybe his most accessible and straightforward comic ever, and I would have no problem recommending it to anyone who wants to get into the holiday spirit.

First read: Au
Apr 15, 2017 rated it liked it
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Not bad, a little cliché, but kind of fun. Morrison grafts the origin of Santa Claus into that standard fantasy archetype of oppressive ruler of a city, and Klaus comes along and decides to try and make things better. It'a little more complicated than that, and it's interesting to see what Morrison comes up with to explain the Santa legend components such as why he comes through the chimney or why he wears read and white.

I really liked the art too. Somehow it just fit the time period and setting
Rituraj Kashyap
The story has some ups and downs but the beautiful illustrations make up for them.
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the origin story of Santa Claus. This is not the Santa Claus you know though. Morrison's gritty, medieval Klaus reimagines jolly old Saint Nick as a burly warrior with a wolf companion who returns to his home town only to find it suffering in the grip of a tyrant. This power-driven lord has forced out happiness by strictly controlling thought and action, and by stealing those things that bring any pleasure (the only child in town who is allowed to play with toys is the tyrant's brat of a ...more
Devon Munn
This was quite the interesting take on Santa Claus. Plus some great art by Dan Mora, would highly recommend
Cameron Chaney
This was pretty awesome. Not perfect, but I'll definitely be reading it every Christmas. You gotta love a good Nordic Christmas tale with a buff Santa kicking some Krampus ass. Also, the art is breathtaking. The images take on a Northern Lights kind of tint at times and it's beautiful to look at. The only things I wasn't a fan of were the techno-colors during some of Klaus's experiments with... certain mushrooms. It was a bit trippy and jarring. Also, Klaus's sleigh looked very alien and out of ...more
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I absolutely loved this graphic novel! This is the story of Santa Claus, his history and how he became the enchanted figure of myth and legend. Klaus served the baron and served faithfully until ordered to do something that was totally against his morals. He was tied and beaten for his insolence and left out in the brutal winter with only the clothes on his back. Klaus was saved by a wolf cub, now much larger, whom he had saved some time before. He was fed and kept alive by the spirits of the fo ...more
Chris Lemmerman
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I think this is possibly the only Grant Morrison comic that is anywhere close to straight forward. This is the origin of Santa Claus...sorta.

Set in the town of Grimvist, which is under the thumb of the Baron Magnus and the Lady Dagmar, Klaus is a wild man of the forest who finds himself at the whim of the spirits, tasked with bringing yuletide cheer and bringing down the regime, as well as possibly having to fight the demon that lives under the city.

It's a high fantasy setting, but most of the m
Aug 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books, fantasy
Between this and his proposed Hollywood treatment of Mahabharata, I'm wondering how Morrison will surprise me next. He'll do it, I'm just not sure how. Compared to most of Grant Morrison's work, his Santa Claus superhero origin story is surprisingly straightforward. What is unmistakably Grant is that Klaus reconnects Yuletide to its Germanic pagan origins. Which is awesome!

What may be even more surprising is the straightforwardness of the storytelling. Good ol Grant is known for his weird and so
Wayne McCoy
Jan 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
'Klaus' by Grant Morrison with art by Dan Mora is a reimagining of the Santa Claus legend for the superhero age. Consider it "Santa Claus: Year One."

In a snowy ancient city ruled by a cruel Baron, he determines that all the toys should go to his bratty son, who only breaks things. Ex-inhabitant, and soldier, Klaus decides that the children need something in their lives, so with the help of unseen beings in the forest and his wolf Lilli, he sets out to deliver toys to the town. Meanwhile, the Bar
Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
This is the most badass origin story for Santa Claus that you will ever read. This is seriously fierce. I liked the story and the artwork is lovely and vivid. There is some violence and crazy shit in this, but it isn't anything that I would disallow my children to read. I think that this would get a PG-13 rating. Deep down the story has morals and an overall good feeling. I think that if you like retellings then you would really appreciate and love this. If you get the chance to read this, don't ...more
Joe Young
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Grant Morrison - writer
Dan Mora - artist

It's a badass origin story for Santa Claus. The writing by Morrison is very solid, if somewhat lacking in his usual captivating weirdness. The art by new-to-me Mora is very, very good. Overall this is quite good - it's like a summer blockbuster (in the best way) distilled into a graphic novel. Recommended.

Feb 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Retelling of Santa's origin.
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Morrison takes on a legend from folklore and spins an origin story fitting for any super hero. And he succeeds in his attempt. Part Robin Hood and part Batman, Klaus is the story of How Santa came to be. He fights for light in times of darkness bringing joy to all. He keeps the children safe. Gives them toys and takes care of those who have been wrongly treated. His power are from the light spirits giving him the ability to share the light inside him. All taking place in the Northern Arctic with ...more
Christopher (Donut)
Christmas with a twist.

Fantastic seven part graphic novel telling the Santa Klaus origin as only Grant Morrison could.
Might be a little too sweet for some, and too scary for others. For me, it was just right, and I hope to read it every year from now on.
Dec 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this as single issues when they initially were released and this is a great series. Fantastic art and fun story.
Dec 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Pretty neat--Santa Claus as Conan the Barbarian. Great artwork by Dan Mora.
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read it in a day, need I say more? I’ll be reading it every Christmas, that’s for sure.
Cat Tutt
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was only my second foray into graphic novels, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I love Christmas lore and origin stories for Christmas myths and legends, so this one was right up my alley. Great artwork, great story.

*4 Stars
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all readers, particularly fans of great comics
Recommended to Brent by: these fine creators and Atlanta-Fulton Public Library
Another hit out of the park from writer Grant Morrison: Santa Claus the barbarian. There are lots of pre-Christian themes here, some Germanic stuff like Krampus, with no Christianity or Christ despite the portrayal of an organized, corrupt church hierarchy. So, no Saint Nicholas here. This is a kind of cross between a superhero origin, a Western, a medieval fantasy, and the sword and sorcery genres. And, say, How the Grinch Stole Christmas. And, it works, hanging together in seven suspenseful ch ...more
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I’ve already read the first issue of Klaus last year. See my review for it here.

Much like the first issue, Klaus tells the story of where the legend of Santa/Father Christmas/Saint Nick etc. originated from. I find legends of any kind extremely fascinating so I was eager to read this comic.

We continue where we left off in Issue #1 and Klaus is still set on bring light an joy to a dark town. It’s what he was mean
Rod Brown
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
This sword and sorcery take on the origin of Santa Claus is pretty decent at face value but makes me wonder first why we need a sword and sorcery take on the origin of Santa Claus, and then, since the author is Grant Morrison, I have to wonder what deep and ironic meaning I'm missing that makes this all a big joke on me for liking it at face value.

But seriously though, why do we as a people feel the need to add dark undertones to the bright and cheerful memories of our youth? Morrison here retel
Santa Claus has never been so cool. I like that he starts off as a seemingly normal guy that was run out of town and lives on his own now. As the story progresses, we see the magic that surrounds him and how that creates and is influenced by the legend. This is definitely a different view than the overweight jolly version we are all used to. But I think it works because Morrison doesn't really change the core of the character. Instead he is exploring his origin.

The art is wonderful. Even the mor
Alex Sarll
The secret origin of Santa; Grant Morrison has probably taken the vogue for gritty Year Zero tales about as far as it can go here. Also, because of questionable publication choices, you’ll note it has concluded in August, which obviously really helped in terms of retaining the festive magic. Too much of this feels like the fairly generic action movie it’s already been optioned to become, and even the touches of Morrison strangeness are sometimes a little rote, but I suspect I might be more impre ...more
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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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