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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 355

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!

We continue the Cool Christmas Comic Countdown with the impressive Marvel Holiday Special from 2005l…


This one-shot had a really strong trio of stories.

First, Shaenon Garrity, Roger Langridge and Al Gordon tell the tale of the Moloids trying to find Santa Claus to bring their missing leader back to them…

Man, Roger Langridge is an amazing comic book artist. He is like a freaking wordsmith, only with drawing. Garrity’s story is fun, no doubt, I don’t mean to take anything away there – it’s just, man, Roger Langridge. SOOO good.

Jeff Parker, Reilly Brown and Pat Davidson follow with a very cute Avengers story starring none other than that rascally villain, Santron!

By the by, the mistletoe joke at the first page was in reference to Iron Man and Hank Pym designing a roving mistletoe that is always above Spider Woman.

Finally, Mikes Carey and Perkins do yet another one of their awesome Christmas tales (they did three in a row for Marvel, I believe), this time showing a former supervillain forced into the role once more to provide for his family on Christmas…

A top notch collection of comic stories by Marvel, and all wrapped up by a bee-YOOOOO-tee-ful Stuart Immonen cover (then again, once I told you it was by Immonen, I figure the “beautiful” part is sort of implied, no?).


I may have seen the first few pages of the Avengers story. There was a preview in a Spider-Man issue (I think it was during The Other). I can’t be certain, but the preview had Spider-Man attending an Avengers Christmas party at Dr Strange’s place, and then it cuts to some lady building a Santa robot which leaves to destroy the Avengers. I assume it’s the same story.

So Moloids definitely don’t talk, then? That’s the way it usually seems to be, but I know I’ve seen a couple of stories in which they did talk. (I remember for sure it happened in an Englehart Fantastic Four issue.) Has this discrepency ever been cleared up?

loved the reaction of wolverine getting mad over the mistle toe being used up before he got to sneak a kiss from spider woman who lets iron man know what she thinks about being its target.

Look at that Perkins stuff in that last story! Great looking stuff. I’ll have to find all these Marvel Holiday specials that I don’t have.

What else has Shaenon Garrity done? I’ve seen the name, and with the spelling of the first name, it sticks in your head, but I’m not sure what else Garrity has done. comics.org just gives a couple of Marvel Holiday Specials and the english adaptations of manga I haven’t read, but I know I’ve seen the name elsewhere…

Travis, she’s pretty well known for her webcomic, Narbonic.

Here’s a page with more about her http://www.shaenon.com/menu.html

Man, I love Jeff Parker. He has always done a magnificent job in keeping everybody’s tone distinct and identifiable.

I think he absolutely nails Spider-Man better than anyone around. I’m strictly a back issue guy and have never followed an ongoing title as it comes out, but if Parker were to ever take over Amazing Spider-Man, that would change immediately.

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