Review Shooter: Jingle Belle Gift-Wrapped One Shot
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Writer- PAUL DINI (main) MISTY LEE (Back-up)
Artist- STEPHANIE GLADDEN
Synopsis- Trouble is brewing in the Clause Household, and Mrs. Claus enlist the help of Â an imp known as Peter Krampus to help straiten it out. Krampus is ready to punish somebody, so he agrees to help.
Let me start off by saying, I probably wouldn’t have checked this out if Paul Dini’s name wasn’t on the cover, the cover art really didn’t grab my attention. However, the interiors are far superior!
Also, For the record, It’s a funny-book. No Super-heroes, or overly-serious tones here.
The first few pages start off in flashback with Krampus. You see,Â Krampus accompaniesÂ St. Nicholas during the X-MasÂ season, warning and punishing bad children, in contrast to St. Nicholas, who gives gifts to good children. He is typically demonic inÂ appearance,Â and carries switches to spank bad children with. As time has moved on he’s pushed to the side, and children are just spoiled now.
So, Anyway, The Clauses are having some issues. To be more specific, Jingle Belle, and Santa are fighting about being lied to. Mrs. Clause summons Krampus to try and straiten it all out. Krampus can tell which one is being more “wicked” you see. SoÂ Hi-jinksÂ ensue!
The art in this one shot, sans cover, is deliciously Cartoony. The characters are all overÂ theÂ top. I think personally, I like Krampus the most. His actions and expressions are just so wicked andÂ exaggerated. The only thing I can copare this one shot to, is an Archie Comic, except Jingle Belle is actually way better in the storytelling, and art department. The dialog is also pretty darn awesome, even though in some spots the word bubbles are pointing to the wrong person. Each character’s personality is shown really well here.
There are also a couple of Â one to two page back ups in here. The first one with Krampus and Clause made me laugh out loud. Hobbes from Calvin&Hobbes even makes a cameo! It would have been nice to have some kind of title card on the back ups tho, as they seem to just happen with no “the end” of the joke.
The Second Back up has Jingle Belle playing Hockey with someÂ Anthropomorphic SnowÂ LeopardÂ girls.Â The third back-up, stars the Witch, Polly, and some magic shenanigans, also more cameos. The fourth and final back-up stars Jingle Belle on a date that doesn’t go so well.
If this was a cartoon onÂ TV, which is what it feels like, I would totally watch it.
Reccomendation – BUY