The seventh and final issue of this series arrives and brings with it all the action that readers could have asked for. All looks dire for the poor villagers of Grimsviig as Lord Magnus has summoned a dark demon from the pits of gods-know-where to further his own ends. He’s big, he’s ugly, and he likes to eat children. What more could you ask for in your end of the world monster? The villagers attempt to rally against the behemoth, but all things look pretty bleak until Klaus makes a triumphant return with a few upgrades from the forest spirits. What follow is a battle that is all but legendary, living up to the fun and excitement that this series has been building up to.
This is a tale that has had many twists. I love the way Grant Morrison has tied all of this together, integrating aspects of both Santa Claus and Krampus into this series. It is an example of his masterful storytelling abilities. Issue seven ties up all those fun little plot hooks up with a nice Santa colored ribbon that will leave even some hard-hearted grinches a bit misty eyed. Klaus is Santa Claus like you would never expect it, with more than a measure of Howard inspired grim-dark elements. If I had any one one nit to pick it would be that a bit too much attention was spent on the wrapping up of everything into a nice package. The book could have ended a little sooner and given the reader the same feeling of conclusion with perhaps a bigger fight scene between our stalwart hero and the monstrous demon.
Likewise, there is nothing about Dan Mora’s artwork to leave the reader wanting. From the children’s wide-eyed innocence to the steely eyed visage of our main character, the artist renders a collection of memorable iconic characters that sport a broad range of emotions in perfect detail. I truly love an artist that shows that every single panel is as important as every other. We of course have been dying for the lavish action scenes with a big supernatural end battle but I delight in the way Mora still takes the time to carry off conversation and expression panels with the same attention to detail. But when the fight comes he delivers a high energy climax with everything we’ve been dying for.
It has been a true delight to review this series from start to finish. Whether it’s the jaw dropping artwork or the story that let’s you think you know what the deal is only to veer wildly off-course, this is easily one of the best books of the year. Get it. If you missed anything go back and get those issues and save those hard earned pennies in case there is a collected edition because I’m sure it will be worth it as well.
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