Writers: Mark Evanier, Scott Nickel, Jim Davis
Artists: Andy Hirsch and David DeGrande
Colors: Lisa Moore
Letters: Steve Wands
The iconic fat, orange tabby is taking on the holidays in Boom! Studios’ Garfield’s Cheesy Holiday Special. Just in time for the December celebrations, the special features two different stories; “Holly’s Holiday Hope” and “The Lasagna Monster Who Stole Christmas”.
In “Holly’s Holiday Hope”, the art is spot-on; it looks like something straight from a Jim Davis Sunday comic strip circa late 1990’s or The Garfield and Friends TV Series. Andy Hirsch really nails the style and spirit of the characters, while writer Mark Evanier does a faithful job at giving the iconic characters their respective voices.
The story has Garfield and Odie posing as elves in order to infiltrate a shopping center where their owner, Jon Arbuckle, is working as a fill-in for Santa Claus. During one of their attempts at infiltration, a little girl named Holly mistakes Garfield as the real Santa Claus, and asks for her dog Hope to be brought back home. Garfield and Odie make it their mission to fulfill the little girl’s wishes and a fun filled adventure ensues. The premise is simple, tried and true, but the execution is delightful and will satisfy children and well as adult fans of the lasagna-eating cat.
Whereas Hirsch nailed the 1990’s Garfield style and feel, David DeGrande really ramps up the nostalgia levels by choosing to channel the earlier 1980’s art style. Written by Scott Nickel, “The Lasagna Monster Who Stole Christmas” is a fun, self-referential tale of an evil radioactive Lasagna who wants to punish Garfield by stealing all of the Christmas lasagnas. It’s the shorter of the stories, and has a whole lot less dialogue so it’ll probably be less intimidating for young readers, but overall I find it the lesser of the two stories, not by much though.
There’s also some classic Jim Davis Garfield strips included, which are a nice surprise. I’d highly recommend this book for young readers and Garfield fans alike, as it almost flawlessly capture the art styles and spirits of the characters and throws them in a delightful holiday setting.
- Story - 8.5/108.5/10
- Art - 9.0/109/10