Sam sat in her bed, pretending to sleep, knowing that the man in the red suit would be coming to grace her house with with love and gifts. She was pretending so well, that she actually started to slip into a dream. Few people are graced with the talent young Sam had. Her breath had become soft when a loud scratching thump caused her to sit upright like a bolt. Her feet had hardly hit the ground when her legs pumped wildly, throwing her into the hallway. Landing on all fours, she could peer down the stairs at a man dripping in red and gold, standing over what looked like a tree laying on the ground. To Sam’s horror it looked as if the tree were breathing, and golly Santa had a ravenous look in his eyes as he pulled a great sword from the belly of the beast.


Wonder Woman #37 (DC)

James Robinson (W) Ray McCarthy (A)

Can I talk briefly about how disappointing this arc is for me. It has all the things that I should love in it. It has a fair amount of intrigue and mystery, but it just doesn’t have the tissue to bind it all together for me. Makes me sad.

X-O Manowar #10 (Valiant)

Matt Kindt (W) Clayton Crain (A)

I don’t know if I’ll be following this series for much longer. It’s getting time to drop series and I just don’t feel like this has the same punch it had in the first arc. I don’t have time to play, comic books.

Invincible Iron Man #595 (Marvel)

Brian Michael Bendis (W) Stefano Caselli/Alex Maleev (A)

Doom and Riri search for Tony Stark and on the way they try to find the point of this comic. Maybe that was a little harsh. Probably not.

Detective Comics #971 (DC)

James Tynion IV (W) Raul Fernandez (A)

I love this series, but man, I really hate the crime syndicate. The first time was okay, but I feel like it’s too soon after the last time we saw them for me to take them seriously.

Eternity #3 (Valiant)

Matt Kindt (W) Trevor Hairsine (A)

I keep searching for that first hit. That passion I had for Divinity. I just can’t find it in this series. That being said, this is a good story and it’s worth your time.

Black Panther #168 (Marvel)

Ta-Nehisi Coates (W) Chris Sprouse (A)

There seems to be a common thread with the first issues on the stack this week. I just can’t find it in me to care about them right now. They’re good series, but there are a few incredible series coming out right now and these just aren’t those series.

Samurai Jack: Quantum Jack #4 (IDW)

Fabian Rangel Jr. (W) Warwick J. Cadwell (A)

I really love the nature of this series. I never thought I’d see a multi-dimensional Samurai Jack story and I’m all for it.

Outcast #32 (Image)

Robert Kirkman (W) Paul Azaceta (A)

There was a time when I really thought this series was stagnating, but now it’s moving like a man on fire. It’s getting real crazy up in here.

Moon Knight #190 (Marvel)

Max Bemis (W) Jacen Burrows (A)

The first two issues of this series have me really fucking excited for this comic. It’s intense and it’s everything a Moon Knight comic should be.

Jessica Jones #15 (Marvel)

Brian Michael Bendis (W) Michael Gaydos (A)

Nothings worse than some purple people. I’m not a racist or anything.

Thanos #14 (Marvel)

Donny Cates (W) Geoff Shaw (A)

This concept is so fucking strong I can’t imagine it would be anything but good. I have been eagerly awaiting the second issue of this series since the last one came out. Worth all of your money.

Batman: Creature of the Night #2 (DC)

Kurt Busiek (W) John Paul Leon (A)

Holy shit, go read this book.

Redneck #8 (Image)

Donny Cates (W) Lisandro Estherren (A)

I really want you to go out and catch up on this series. I know you have some extra pocket money after the holidays. Go do it.

Jimmy’s Bastards #6 (Aftershock Comics)

Garth Ennis (W) Russell Braun (A)

Garth Ennis triggers me.

Eugenics #3 of 3 (Boom! Studios)

James Tynion IV (W) Eryk Donovan (A)

This book has been fucking amazing. It’s macabre, strange, and smart. Definitely pick this one up.

Doomsday Clock #2 of 12 (DC)

Geoff Johns (W) Gary Frank (A)

I know you’re reading this. So…you know….surprise.

Sam couldn’t conceal her tears as she bawled for the loss of her fantasy. This new lore was dark and gross. Santa glared at her, his hard eyes becoming soft and sad.

“Oh hohoho dear child. I did not see you there.” He looked kind and had a voice so sweet it stopped Sam’s tears.

“I’m sorry to have…” He paused and ground his foot into what looked like the neck of the plant, which let out a tiny wheezing sound. Sam could make out strange brown eyes beneath a brow of pine needles.

“Sorry to have woken you up. This was not expected.” He looked down bashfully at his sack of toys. Then, almost like the striking of a match, his whole face lit up.

“People don’t usually see me! That means you can help me!” He sheathed his sword and put out his hand.

“I need you to help me save Christmas!” His cheeks glowed with life and blood.