[Editor’s note: This review may contain spoilers.]
Writers: Holly Black & Richard Kadrey
Artists: Marco Rudy & Ben Templesmith
This holiday special contains two stories, the first for Krampusnacht and the second for Christmas.
Krampusnacht takes place on December 5th, for the Krampuslauf. Everyone dresses up as Krampus and runs around. On this particular night a two young men dress up in their Krampus masks and rob a store. In it they find a relic which they are not ready for. The following events stand as a terrifying reminder of how we should all share and be merry with each other and not hold jealousy.
In the time of celebrating Christ it is no surprise that Lucifer isn’t much into celebration. He is a good sport though and when the employees of Ex Lux hold a Christmas party, he’s in. He even takes part in the Secret Santa. Lucifer mopes around and Mazikeen prods him a little. Through out the night a little hell breaks loose, but just a little and there is all manner of gift passed around.
Both of these stories are charming and definitely festive in feeling, though they have a Grinchy tone to them. These stories show us some of the background events of Lucifer’s life, such as how he interacts with employees and his relationship with Mazikeen.
The art is also awesome! Marco Rudy draws the first story and uses really powerful color theming to tie the pages but also the story together. It’s slightly reminiscent of some of Dave McKean’s New 52 Swamp Thing art, which is always a joy to take in. Ben Templesmith brings up the second story and it is equally wonderful and quirky. He draws two demons in this story and they are perfectly gargoyle-like and fun. You can see more of his unique style in Gotham by Midnight.
As someone who isn’t particularly charmed by Christmas, I really liked these fun and slightly sinister stories of Lucifer and you will too!