Review: Krampus! #3

I’ll admit that the appearance of Doc Holliday in the last issue was a head scratcher. I also didn’t like it at all, but thankfully this issue explains why he’s involved in the story. It’s of course comical due to the nature of the overall story here and it works. It’s still really strange though. This is still a fun series to read, but I’m running out of things to stay about it since really it’s a complete story broken up into perfectly paced chapters. Each issue hits certain beats and because of the mystery of the overall plot each issue ends with a cliffhanger to bring you back for more.

Krampus03-coverThis issue Krampus finds Jack Frost and a chase breaks out. It’s very anti-climactic and since we know that Jack isn’t involved it seems a bit pointless. Jack does prove useful as he removes the blood from the paper that Krampus has been carrying around with him. This reveals a woman’s name and Krampus pays her a visit and even though she’s a shitty landlord he lets her go. Here we also see a snowflake tattoo on her that Krampus swears he’s seen before. The woman gives him an address to a remote desert location and there Krampus finds the snowflake symbol again and runs into Doc Holliday.

Really by now you’re both reading and appreciating the holiday spirit that’s been continued via this series or you’re not. It’s an entertaining story and it’s incredibly consistent. The writing is solid the distinct character voices are maintained even as we jump back and forth between scenes. The art looks great and Dean Kotz’s line work is just wonderful to look at.

I wish there was more to say about the issue, but there’s nothing that I haven’t already said in previous reviews. You can check out the first issue and second issue on the site, but again if the premise of Krampus saves the Santas sounds like your thing than it probably is.

Score: 3/5

Writer: Brian Joines Artist: Dean Kotz Publisher: Image Comics Price: $2.99 Release Date: 2/19/14