By MATTHEW PRICE
Comic books have long celebrated the winter holidays, with periodical issues coming out in December frequently focusing on holiday hijinks.
With Christmas at hand, the following are some new comic-books and graphic novels that celebrate the holiday season:
Tis The Season to Be Freezin’ Special
Paul Dini (“Batman: The Animated Series”) joins with co-writer Alan Burnett (“Batman Beyond”) to provide the leadoff story for this winter special, featuring Robin and Mr. Freeze, in a tale illustrated by Jordan Gibson. There are 10 total tales in this DC Comics special, also featuring Harley Quinn, Superman, Flash and Hawkman.
Archie’s Holiday Magic Special 2021
It’s Christmas Eve in Riverdale for this holiday special. As the annual Snow Ball approaches, Archie can’t decide on a date: should he ask Betty or Veronica? His indecisiveness leads to introspection, and a visit from a spirit guide who helps him explore his past, present and future in an “It’s A Wonderful Life”-inspired comics tale.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #124
This silent tale features The TMNT and their Mutant Town neighbors celebrating the holidays, despite the absence of Master Splinter. When tensions rise in the neighborhood, can the Turtles find the spirit of the season?
Three Stooges Christmas Stocking Stuffer
American Mythology has brought back many comic stars from days past, including Laurel and Hardy and the Pink Panther. In this holiday special, comedy legends the Three Stooges are featured in tales focused on Christmas and Hanukkah.
Firefly Holiday Special #1
Serenity’s gruff crew member Jayne’s selfish behavior causes him to receive a visit from three spirits in an updated version of “A Christmas Carol,” set in the “Serenity” sci-fi universe based on the TV series “Firefly.”
You can check out your local comic shop for these and other holiday editions to get you in the spirit of the season.
Matthew Price, matthew@matthewLprice.com, has written about the comics industry for more than two decades. He is the co-owner of Speeding Bullet Comics in Norman. His column on comics runs regularly in The Oklahoman newspaper.