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DC Comics’ finest talents have assembled to bring you a holiday special like you’ve never seen before! Join Superman, Wonder Woman and the Flash as they deliver powerful messages of hope like only The Worlds Greatest Super-Heroes can! Plus: Sgt. Rock fights the Nazis on Hanukah, the Teen Titans take on the literal ghost of Christmas past, and Swamp Thing battles that creep DC Comics’ finest talents have assembled to bring you a holiday special like you’ve never seen before! Join Superman, Wonder Woman and the Flash as they deliver powerful messages of hope like only The Worlds Greatest Super-Heroes can! Plus: Sgt. Rock fights the Nazis on Hanukah, the Teen Titans take on the literal ghost of Christmas past, and Swamp Thing battles that creeping feeling of existential dread! And don’t miss the legendary Denny O’Neil’s return to comics with an all-new Batman story!


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DC Comics’ finest talents have assembled to bring you a holiday special like you’ve never seen before! Join Superman, Wonder Woman and the Flash as they deliver powerful messages of hope like only The Worlds Greatest Super-Heroes can! Plus: Sgt. Rock fights the Nazis on Hanukah, the Teen Titans take on the literal ghost of Christmas past, and Swamp Thing battles that creep DC Comics’ finest talents have assembled to bring you a holiday special like you’ve never seen before! Join Superman, Wonder Woman and the Flash as they deliver powerful messages of hope like only The Worlds Greatest Super-Heroes can! Plus: Sgt. Rock fights the Nazis on Hanukah, the Teen Titans take on the literal ghost of Christmas past, and Swamp Thing battles that creeping feeling of existential dread! And don’t miss the legendary Denny O’Neil’s return to comics with an all-new Batman story!

30 review for DC Holiday Special 2017 #1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Siona St Mark

    This was pretty cheesy, but still enjoyable. I teared up a little bit at the end of the flash story. Some of these stories I just skimmed, but overall I think this was a good special. Worth the $10 honestly.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Artemy

    A couple of decent stories in this holiday special, but unfortunately the bulk of it was either too dark and depressing or just terribly in-your-face, ham-fisted and preachy. I enjoyed Tom King’s and Francesco Francavilla’s WWII tale, although it was easily the most depressing of the bunch, and had nothing to do with DC comics — it was just a straight war story about two opposing soldiers lost and dying in the winter woods! It was well written (it’s Tom King after all), but I’ve no idea why it’s A couple of decent stories in this holiday special, but unfortunately the bulk of it was either too dark and depressing or just terribly in-your-face, ham-fisted and preachy. I enjoyed Tom King’s and Francesco Francavilla’s WWII tale, although it was easily the most depressing of the bunch, and had nothing to do with DC comics — it was just a straight war story about two opposing soldiers lost and dying in the winter woods! It was well written (it’s Tom King after all), but I’ve no idea why it’s even included in a DC comic (update: okay, I just found out that those actually were DC characters, I just never came across them before. My bad, but also — obscure much?). Max Landis did an okay Superman tale, The Flash story by Joshua Williamson was surprisingly decent, and Greg Rucka did a generic but solid Batman/Wonder Woman short with excellent art by Bilquis Evely. Other than that, really not a lot of good stuff in this “festive” issue.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Primo S.

    80/100 A lighthearted, heartwarming, uplifting and most importantly, inspiring (I'm running out of adjectives here) collection of Christmas-themed stories featuring DC characters. The problem with most anthologies is the inconsistency of quality between the stories, and this one is no exception. Some story felt rushed, probably due to the page limitations, and some felt like it didn't really have a point to make. But overall, it had more good than bad, Max Landis' Superman story is the highlight f 80/100 A lighthearted, heartwarming, uplifting and most importantly, inspiring (I'm running out of adjectives here) collection of Christmas-themed stories featuring DC characters. The problem with most anthologies is the inconsistency of quality between the stories, and this one is no exception. Some story felt rushed, probably due to the page limitations, and some felt like it didn't really have a point to make. But overall, it had more good than bad, Max Landis' Superman story is the highlight for me, he's slowly becoming my favorite Superman writer. Overall, another great entry to DC's Holiday Specials.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    DC rounds up some of the best talent they have these days for a festive special. So that means names like Williamson, Lemire, Camuncoli, Priest, Francavilla - not the very top tier, but people whose other work I've enjoyed, and some of whom even managed to drag the odd decent story out of the mess of post-Flashpoint DC. But sod it, it's Christmas, so I was feeling charitable, and I do like a festive special. Some of this is still as terrible as I expect from the current DCU - the Titans story is DC rounds up some of the best talent they have these days for a festive special. So that means names like Williamson, Lemire, Camuncoli, Priest, Francavilla - not the very top tier, but people whose other work I've enjoyed, and some of whom even managed to drag the odd decent story out of the mess of post-Flashpoint DC. But sod it, it's Christmas, so I was feeling charitable, and I do like a festive special. Some of this is still as terrible as I expect from the current DCU - the Titans story is at once trite and an insult to A Christmas Carol, which I don't even especially like; Batman doesn't stop being a useless arsehole just because he comes in via the chimney*. But elsewhere it does a great job of pressing both my Christmas and proper DCU buttons. Green Arrow, back to his cranky and bearded self, dressed in a Santa suit; the Flash saving Christmas; John Constantine and Clark Kent drinking in the same bar before Christmas (even if John, inevitably, is hitting the booze rather harder). It's silly and slightly corny and entirely heartfelt and lovely, just the way DC used to be. Hell, there's even a festive tale from the post-apocalyptic parallel world of the Atomic Knights, which makes minimal sense and has a clunky pro-tolerance moral but fuck it, after this year I feel like we need that. Call it halfway to a Christmas miracle. *I'm talking here about modern Batman; the old Neal Adams story reprinted at the back, where Commissioner Gordon convinces him to join in with the carol singing, is very nicely done.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nikki

    3.5 stars As much as I enjoy reading these DC comic compilations, I will say, this one definitely wasn’t my favourite. Some of the vignettes are stronger than others—The Flash, Sgt Rock, and Wonder Woman & Batman to name a few—and, while I enjoyed the fact that they increased the number of stories featured (giving you more bang for your buck), you’re also given fewer pages a dedicated to each, so the stories suffer more than usual. I did very much appreciate that they included a more well rounded 3.5 stars As much as I enjoy reading these DC comic compilations, I will say, this one definitely wasn’t my favourite. Some of the vignettes are stronger than others—The Flash, Sgt Rock, and Wonder Woman & Batman to name a few—and, while I enjoyed the fact that they increased the number of stories featured (giving you more bang for your buck), you’re also given fewer pages a dedicated to each, so the stories suffer more than usual. I did very much appreciate that they included a more well rounded cast of characters, like Swamp Thing, Sgt Rock, Constantine, and Deathstroke. And the addition of the classic mini story, The Silent Night of the Batman, was also a nice touch. Definitely worth the money, just with a few caveats to keep in mind.

  6. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    The DC Holiday Specials have long been my favorite book to come out every year, which is why this was so disappointing, both for the lack of quality storytelling, and the decision to use obscure characters for the majority of the stories.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Scotty

    Series of fun, enjoyable short stories. This was my first time to read stories featuring some of these characters. I'm much more inclined to read some of the individual character books now. Best holiday reading I've had this year. Series of fun, enjoyable short stories. This was my first time to read stories featuring some of these characters. I'm much more inclined to read some of the individual character books now. Best holiday reading I've had this year.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    This was a fun collection of short features with a very diverse cast and group of creators represented; I almost always enjoy the Holiday Specials. A nice Green Arrow & Black Canary, Sgt. Rock, Batman, Flash, Teen Titans, etc. I even liked Deathstroke and The Atomic Knights.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dena Burnett

    Hit and miss. I enjoyed the overall premise, but some stories were good, and others were just ok. 3.5/5, but rounding up because Batman actually smiles.

  10. 4 out of 5

    bookstorecat

    Loved the Superman & Constantine parts the best, but there's lots to enjoy in this collection. Loved the Superman & Constantine parts the best, but there's lots to enjoy in this collection.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    Fun premise/frame story with only a few low points (Terminator? Really? Ugh) and a few surprises (Atomic Knights & Swamp Thing? Fun!)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kerry

    Good. You get a couple of stories with Leftist ideologues pushing their agendas, which is pretty standard these days, unfortunately. But the book is fun in spite of it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    Not as fun as it was last year. A lot of darkness buried in this one.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Frances

    (actually own the paper copy, not the Kindle edition, but do not have the energy or inclination to create a new record right now.)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    It got an extra star simply for having Bibbo in the endcaps. But mostly...meh.

  16. 5 out of 5

    R.em

  17. 5 out of 5

    Faruk Bayraktar

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cera-Jane

  19. 5 out of 5

    Marcus Fields

  20. 5 out of 5

    Chris Quinn

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kirk

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brent

  23. 4 out of 5

    Scott Mills

  24. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ricardo Fortunato

  26. 5 out of 5

    Skye

  27. 4 out of 5

    M

  28. 4 out of 5

    John

  29. 4 out of 5

    Louis Strong

  30. 4 out of 5

    Matt Strahl

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