DC Comics Holiday Special #1
Review by: Anthony
Ah, the Holidays... A time for tons of filler oversized holiday comic fun to drain the wallet. DC’s Holiday Special one shot is no different. In its simplicity, it shines as a comic book that actually may be worth reading, and because of it’s absolutely awesome cover, and it’s lengthy page count, the $10 price point doesn’t seem so bad.
This one shot comic book actually has some decent material to offer. The comic is loaded with quite a few short story comics that span across the current DC universe, giving at least one story for most of the comics that are currently ongoing, this means the Lanterns, Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Harley and even some of the less staple characters like John Constantine and Batwoman. On top of that, their pushing of Damian Wayne and Jon Kent, Batman’s and Superman’s sons respectively as a duo team doesn’t go unnoticed, but isn’t forced, the two characters actually work well together in similar ways that Batman and Superman do, and because they’re soon to be getting a comic book themselves, it’s no surprise DC is taking what opportunities they can to expose their reader base to the characters. As for the comic itself, much of it isn’t entirely phenomenal, but across the board the comic does hold itself together pretty well, it’s cute and fun and an easy read, each story holds its own value to my own surprise and the Harley Quinn narrative between stories stitches the disjointed nature of having multiple stories in a comic book pretty well.
What’s important about this comic book is DC’s usage of it from a marketing perspective. This one shot shines the light on just about every primary and secondary character involved in DC’s current ongoing roster or at least one out of the two if the comic book has two ongoings. Unless you’re reading each character specifically, it’s not likely that you’ll see much of Arsenal or Batwoman outside of their respective book and seeing these characters together in the expanded universe of DC Comics, something DC sometimes forgets to do, is always a treat. One shots like these are also a chance for new and upcoming artists and/or writers to show what they’re made of and prove themselves among other professionals, which is only another plus
All in all, while I believe that one shots and specials are entirely gimmicky, DC’s holiday special isn’t a bad one. Rather, it’s cute and often funny. More importantly, it’s shines the spotlight on less important, less known characters that readers of this might have not been interested in until this point. While the comic is somewhat too silly and too pointless, unless you’re either a fan of the DC universe or want more exposure to the DC lineup, it succeeds where it should fail, and that’s a major win in my book.