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Klaus by Grant Morrison
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2016-comics-and-manga-read

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 magic stuff takes a back seat until near the end, instead focusing on the relationship between Klaus and the town, Klaus and Dagmar, and Magnus and the demon. It's a very character-driven piece, and it's all the more powerful for it when the high-stakes battles in the last two issues take place. Plus, the wolf is wonderful.

Dan Mora's artwork is absolutely gorgeous. His architecture is amazing, and his characters are so expressive and imposing. He's definitely going to be one to watch.

Klaus is both seasonally appropriate and a great read anyway, so definitely add it to your Christmas list. Don't be put off by Morrison - this is him at his most restrained. I devoured all seven issues of this in two short sittings, and I'll likely revisit it at Christmas in the future too.
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Reading Progress

November 12, 2016 – Shelved
November 12, 2016 – Shelved as: to-read-ii
December 18, 2016 – Started Reading
December 18, 2016 – Shelved as: 2016-comics-and-manga-read
December 18, 2016 – Finished Reading

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