Superheroes, anthropomorphic ducks and wacky teenagers are celebrating the joy of the season in holiday-themed releases from comic-book publishers.
• Avengers under siege on Christmas Eve:
In Marvel's “Avengers” Annual 1, written by Kathryn Immonen with art by David LaFuente, it's Christmas Eve at Avengers Tower. Shang-Chi leads a group of students on a tour before the Avengers go off on their own holiday excursions. But all doesn't go as planned, and suddenly the Tower's in lockdown. It's a fun holiday issue that provides some insight on Captain America, in particular, and is a nice change-of-pace issue for Avengers fans.
“The initial brief was ‘Die Hard in the Avengers Tower' and we jumped from there,” Immonen told Newsarama.com. “I was also inspired by one of my favorite Captain America stories from ‘Tales of Suspense' with him alone in the tower, drinking tea and looking at his scrap books before all hell breaks loose.”
• Uncle Scrooge makes an appearance:
Donald Duck returns for more holiday adventures in “Christmas on Bear Mountain.” This collection of comics by Carl Barks contains the first appearance of the Uncle Scrooge character. Scrooge's initial appearance was intended as a one-off in a Christmas tale, but the irascible billionaire soon became a mainstay of the Disney Duck stories.
Fans can also get “Christmas on Bear Town” in a boxed set with another Donald Duck classic, “A Christmas for Shacktown.” The 32-page “Shacktown” story is the highlight of the book, as Donald Duck and his nephews seek donations to provide a Christmas celebration for the children of Shacktown, despite the near-indifference of rich Uncle Scrooge. “Shacktown” was originally published in 1951.