‘Tis the season to don capes and cowls as the DC Universe comes alive with holiday cheer! Christmas isn’t just for sleigh rides and mistletoe; it’s also a time when our favorite superheroes and villains take a break from their battles to celebrate the magic of the season.
In this festive roundup, we unwrap a collection of DC Comics that will transport you to a winter wonderland filled with super-powered holiday adventures. From Gotham City to Themyscira, these tales bring a touch of joy, humor, and heartwarming moments to your Christmas reading list. So, grab a cup of cocoa, cozy up by the fire, and dive into the world of DC’s Christmas classics that promise to make your holidays a little more super!
10. Lobo Paramilitary Christmas Special (1992)
Lobo takes on a contract to eliminate none other than Santa Claus, prompted by a payment from a lesser-known holiday icon consumed by jealousy. The dark tone aligns seamlessly with Lobo’s character, a ruthless bounty hunter with nothing sacred. Santa, usually synonymous with warmth and joy, falls victim to Lobo’s merciless pursuit.
The antihero not only outwits Santa but also turns his iconic gift bags into tools for destructive mayhem, dropping bombs on unsuspecting households. To escalate the malevolence, Lobo manipulates a desperate couple into committing the unthinkable – the murder of their own children, driven by the children’s excessive holiday gift demands. This chilling twist adds an extra layer of darkness to a Christmas tale that defies traditional festive norms.
9. DCU Holiday Bash #1 (1996)
On the night of Christmas Eve, Lois Lane finds herself in a heart-stopping moment as she intervenes to prevent a man from jumping off the Daily Planet rooftop. During the festive Christmas season, Highfather and Orion, cosmic beings from the far reaches of the universe, decide to pay Earth a visit.
Choosing subterfuge over confrontation, Catwoman orchestrates the woman’s fake demise, creating the illusion that she’s no longer a threat. In a desperate attempt to fulfill his deepest desire, a man conjures Etrigan through a perilous ritual, willing to pay the high price of surrendering his soul. Thinking on his feet, the man swiftly fabricates a story, claiming that Etrigan is one of Santa’s helpers.
8. Harley Quinn Holiday Special (2015)
Dive into an exhilarating anthology of short stories that puts Harley Quinn front and center, showcasing her distinctive brand of holiday cheer! Join the chaos as Harley attempts to navigate the intricacies of Christmas dinner, teetering on the edge of causing an explosive situation. Hold onto your seats for the impending clash in the epic battle of department-store Santas – the ultimate showdown where only one Kris Kringle will emerge victorious.
Get ready for a rollercoaster ride of laughter, mayhem, and Harley’s signature antics in this festive collection that promises to be anything but ordinary!
7. World’s Greatest Super-Heroes Holiday Special #1 (2020)
With unwavering determination, Superman embarks on a mission to bring joy to those who reach out to him, utilizing his superpowers to make an impact in the lives of the letter writers. In a bid to ignite the holiday spirit, Superman extends an invitation to Supergirl, urging her to join him in a festive endeavor.
Together, they embark on the heartwarming task of responding to the annual influx of Christmas letters that flood Superman’s mailbox. As New Year’s Eve unfolds, Harley Quinn is struck with horror upon the discovery of a single strand of gray hair. Faced with this unwelcome sign of aging, Big Tony suggests an unconventional solution – blame it on Father Time, prompting Harley to visit Father Time.
6. Batman Adventures Holiday Special #1 (1995)
The stand-out issue in this story comes from The Harley and The Ivy. Poison Ivy and Harley Quinn execute a devious plan by drugging Bruce Wayne with a special lipstick, compelling him to obey their every command. With the billionaire’s wealth and prestige now under their control, the villainous duo wastes no time indulging in a lavish shopping spree.
As the effects of the lipstick begin to fade, Bruce seizes a fleeting moment to escape by “tripping” down an elevator shaft before Harley can administer another dose. Left for dead by the departing Harley and Ivy, Bruce recovers swiftly and transforms into the relentless Batman, hot on their trail.
5. Christmas with the Super-Heroes #2 (1989)
Batman disrupts a Christmas party in a clandestine gangland hideout, coercing gang boss Matty Lasko to disclose the presence of a waiting boat in Gotham Harbor earmarked for his former cellmate, Boomer Katz. The Key makes a malevolent comeback, orchestrating the murder of the impostor Santa Claus slated to attend an orphaned children’s Christmas party alongside Superman and Batman.
Superboy joins in the festive Christmas celebration hosted by the Legion, proposing that the Legion undertake the task, he suggests tracking down the elusive Christmas star. Contrary to Batman’s steadfast belief that crime never takes a night off, not even for Christmas, the Caped Crusader surprises all as he decides to set aside his vigilantism for a night of Christmas Eve caroling.
4. New Adventures of Superboy #39 – “A World Without Christmas” (1983)
Superboy takes to the skies, soaring alongside his pal Bash to an alternate universe where Christmas simply doesn’t exist. The duo embarks on an eye-opening journey, showcasing the absence of the festive season’s warmth and joy. Through this surreal experience, Clark endeavors to teach his friend the true value of the holiday spirit and the blessings found in the familiar traditions.
Will Bash come to appreciate the magic of Christmas, or will the absence of its enchantment forever alter his perspective? Only time will tell in this whimsical exploration of friendship and the essence of the holiday season.
3. Batman: Noel (2011)
The narrative unmistakably adopts the framework of Charles Dickens’ timeless 1843 novella, A Christmas Carol, a homage explicitly recognized by the writers. Drawing inspiration from Dickens’ masterful storytelling, it comes as no shock that Batman Noel seamlessly captures the essence of the original. The infusion of folklore character traits into DC’s iconic characters enhances the overall enjoyment of the tale.
Moreover, the story boasts numerous visually captivating scenes, such as Superman gracefully lifting Batman into the sky to observe the festive hustle of Gotham’s citizens engaged in Christmas shopping and Commissioner Gordon reveling in holiday cheer at his residence.
2. ‘Tis the Season to be Freezin #1 (2021)
Harley Quinn and Blue Snowman team up in a frosty collaboration, strategically giving Hawkman the cold shoulder as they navigate the chilly landscapes of their wintery escapade. Meanwhile, Gotham’s Dark Knight, Batman, finds himself in a formidable face-off against the frigid villain with an icy heart, Mr. Freeze. The pages of Justice League Quarterly unfold to reveal a frosty showdown, pitting the League against the formidable Minister Blizzard, whose powers leave them grappling with an icy challenge like never before.
In a dynamic alliance, the Flash and Superman join forces to tackle the hot-headed Captain Cold, working together to bring a sudden cool-down to his fiery antics.
1. Superman: Peace On Earth (1998)
With the holiday season on the horizon, Clark Kent, in a contemplative mood, is moved by the pervasive poverty afflicting countless lives worldwide. Driven by a profound sense of responsibility, he resolves to leverage his extraordinary powers to alleviate the suffering of the starving and impoverished masses. However, as Superman embarks on this monumental mission, he encounters unforeseen challenges and resistance to his altruistic endeavors, adding a layer of complexity to his noble quest.
The juxtaposition of Superman’s unparalleled abilities against the harsh realities of societal resistance forms the crux of a compelling tale that explores the complexities of compassion and the struggles inherent in attempting to address the world’s deep-rooted issues.