BOOM! Studios today announced that Eisner Award-winning writer Grant Morrison and Eisner Award-nominated artist Dan Mora will return to the world of Klaus with Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville. The title will represent the third story in the critically acclaimed reimagining of the Santa Claus origin story. Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville continues the holiday tradition of a new Klaus release from BOOM! Studios in December, dating back to the franchise launch in 2015.
In Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville, an evil Santa from an alternate dimension has founded a soda corporation that uses Christmas and holiday cheer as a marketing tactic to build their fortunes. Only Klaus can defeat the Pola-Cola Corp. and the zombie-like Santas that are in the evil Santa's thrall.
"Last year's Klaus special drew on a lot of traditional Christmas lore from around the world," Morrison said. "This year, the influences are more contemporary, and Crisis in Xmasville takes some of its inspiration from the history of soda marketing and Santa,"
"It is a pleasure to once again be working with Grant Morrison on a new Klaus story," Mora added. "I've been waiting for this all year!"
Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville features a main cover illustrated by Mora and a variant cover by John Cassaday.
"Grant and Dan have established a new holiday tradition by delivering a brand-new Klaus story two years running now," said Matt Gagnon, Editor-in-Chief, BOOM! Studios. "And with a new villain being introduced in Klaus and the Crisis in Xmasville, the rogues gallery gets bigger, the mythology of the world expands, and our love for this series continues to reach new heights!"
"As I've said before, despite having stepped away from monthly superhero books I still felt the itch to indulge my love of writing superhero fantasy fiction," Morrison told ComicBook.com in 2016. "I liked the idea of having my own Superman or Doctor Who — an instantly recognizable, familiar character who could appear in any kind of adventure or story but who wasn't already owned by some entertainment corporation. Santa Claus fit the bill perfectly; not only was he open source, he seemed relatively untouched by the revisionist's hand. I figured someone would get around to doing Santa as a superhero if I didn't, so I went for it and Klaus is the result."