You read that right. Comic rockstar Grant Morrison has tackled nearly every character at DC Comics, and many others for various publishers, and now he’s taking on Santa Claus for BOOM! Studios. And of course bringing along some friends. This November Grant Morrison, along with artist Dan Mora, delves into the origins of the most famous icon who only “appears once a year to defy physics and commit the greatest act of breaking-and-entering known to man” with their “Santa Claus: Year One” styled Klaus.
Set in a dark past full of magic and mythology, Morrison’s take will involve Santa Claus’ wilder roots in Viking lore and Siberian shamanism, and will explore his relationship with his opposite – the sinister Krampus.
“Klaus is the story of our hero’s greatest challenge and how he overcame it,” said Morrison. “This is the tale of one man and his wolf against a totalitarian state and the ancient evil that sustains it. Part action thriller, part sword-and-sorcery, part romance, part science fiction, Klaus has given us free rein to revamp, reinvent and re-imagine a classic superhero for the 21st century. He’s making a list and he’s checking it twice. This Christmas it’s all about psychedelic shamanism, anti-authoritarian guerrilla gift-giving, and the jingle bells of freedom!”
“Grant has injected new life into superheroes time and again over the course of his career, so when he said he wanted to reinvent Santa Claus into a powerful rebel hero, we were immediately onboard,” said BOOM! Studios Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon. “This is a huge subject to tackle; everyone knows some version of Santa Claus. Grant has taken the coolest and creepiest parts of the Santa Claus legends from all over the world and molded it into a story that’s mythic and full of visceral wonder. It takes a talented artist to keep up with Grant’s ideas, and I can tell you that Dan Mora is not only up to the task, but has run wild with this story.”
The six issue mini-series will tell us where Santa Claus came from, what he was like before he became Saint Nicholas, and “what happens when he faces his greatest challenge”. It will feature covers by frequent Grant Morrison collaborators Chris Burnham and Frazer Irving, as well as Felipe Smith and series artist Dan Mora.
Klaus #1 hits comic shops on November 4th.