December 2023 is shaping up to be a landmark month in the world of comics. With the latest superhero epics from DC and Marvel and the unique storytelling from Image Comics, Dark Horse is gearing up to mesmerize fans with new Hellboy adventures. Meanwhile, IDW is all set to thrill with the latest escapades of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Let’s explore what the comic world has in store for us this holiday season.
Let’s start with the latest offerings from our favorite publisher, DC Comics. Comic book fans can eagerly anticipate the next chapters in Tom Taylor’s, Titans Beast World. Alongside fresh installments of Joshua Williamson’s Superman and Tom King’s Wonder Woman. Be on the lookout for the upcoming one-shot crossovers in Titans Beast World Tour, spanning iconic locations like Gotham City, Central City, and Atlantis. Lastly from DC Comics and just in time for the Holiday season. Is the upcoming mini-series Batman Santa Claus Silent Night. DC is pulling out all the stops to the end of the year with a bang, ensuring their titles are at the top of every comic lover’s must-read list this December.
Titans Beast World Tour Gotham #1
(W) CHIP ZDARSKY, GRACE ELLIS, GRETCHEN FELKER-MARTIN, SAM MAGGS, and KYLE STARKS (A) MIGUEL MENDONÇA, DANIEL HILLYARD, IVAN SHAVRIN, PJ HOLDEN, and KELLEY JONES
As the bestial infection spreads all over Earth, the shape-shifting spores finally start to take root in Gotham City! Follow the feral tales of your favorite heroes and villains as they lose themselves to their more beastly nature. With stories by Eisner winners Chip Zdarsky, Grace Ellis, and so many more, it’s sure to leave you hooting and howling in delight
Titans Beast World Tour Central City #1
(W) SI SPURRIER, A.L. KAPLAN, ALEX PAKNADEL, JARRETT WILLIAMS (A) A.L. KAPLAN, GEORGE KAMBADAIS, and SERG ACUNÑA
The home of the Flash is not immune from the Starro spores, and as a member of the Flash Family is infected, it’s all hands on deck across both Central and Keystone City. Irey West has a plan that requires the help of her BFF Maxine Baker, while Avery Ho, Wallace West, and fan-favorite Circuit Breaker will all be working together with the entire clan to contain the infected speedsters causing chaos across the city. Oh, and the recent issues within the Speed Force haven’t gone away…
This key chapter of the Beast World saga also contains important revelations for the Scarlet Speedster’s next steps as The Flash writer Si Spurrier is joined by Speed Force writer Jarrett WIlliams, Circuit Breaker scribe A.L. Kaplan, and Knight Terrors: The Flash writer Alex Paknadel!
Titans Beast World Tour Atlantis #1
(W) SINA GRACE, FRANK TIERI, and MEGHAN FITZMARTIN (A) RICCARDO FEDERICI, VALENTINE DE LANDRO
Beast World plunges into the deep!
As Garth reacts to the crisis amongst his former Titans teammates, all hell breaks loose in the depths of Atlantis! It’s a clash of Aquaman and Tempest in a deep-sea battle royale that points the way to new horizons ahead. Plus, megalodons versus Mera and Jackson Hyde, and Black Manta channels his inner manta in this exciting next installment of “Beast World”!
Batman Santa Claus Silent Knight #1
(W) Jeff Parker (A) Michele Bandini
SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN! The four-part crossover event of a generation begins when a not-so-jolly St. Nick hits Gotham City to investigate a brutal crime in the days leading up to Christmas… What manner of man or beast could have committed such atrocities?! With the help of his former student, Batman, Santa will team up with the heroes of the DC Universe to right this wrong–or the world will wake up to coal in their stockings! A brutal, two-fisted holiday tale of hope, wonder, and monster hunting is the perfect treat to ring in the holidays–it’s Claus in canon!
Next, Marvel Comics is ramping up the excitement this December with some eagerly awaited titles. Jed Mackay’s upcoming Vengeance of the Moon Knight series, promises to add a new chapter to the character’s story. Additionally, the ongoing Gang War event continues to build momentum, featuring Erica Schultz’s Daredevil: Gang War and Greg Pak’s Deadly Hands of Kung Fu: Gang War. Finally, Marvel offers some great continuing series such as Fantastic Four by writer Ryan North. Marvel’s lineup this December is a testament to its character-driven storytelling prowess and high-stakes action.
Vengeance of the Moon Knight #1
(W) Jed Mackay (A) Alessandro
But who is left to keep the faith? And how have they been changed by the Black Spectre’s master stroke? The next chapter of MOON KNIGHT starts here as the congregants of the Midnight Mission pick up the pieces and carry on the mission…and find themselves faced with a mysterious new enemy in eerily familiar vestments.
Daredevil Gang War #1
(W) Erica Shultz (A) Sergio Davila
THE HEAT IS ON IN HELL’S KITCHEN!
ELEKTRA NATCHIOS, a former assassin turned DAREDEVIL, has been recruited by the Amazing Spider-Man to stop New York City from tearing itself apart as every mobster and supervillain in town goes to war! And Elektra is the only thing standing in the way of Hell’s Kitchen’s annihilation at the hands of a dangerous new gang – the HEAT – whose violent schemes from the pages of DAREDEVIL unfold!
Deadly Hands of Kung Fu Gang War #1
(W) Greg Pak (A) Caio Majado
GANG WAR has thrown the crime lords and superheroes of New York into a deadly conflict and as both, Shang-Chi must play each side against each other in a dangerous game of deception! When he became leader of his family’s Five Weapons Society, he promised to use it for good, but friends and foes alike have been unsure of his true intentions. The stakes of Gang War will force his hand as he vows to protect Chinatown and use the opportunity to eliminate the Five Weapon Society’s biggest rivals! He’ll use his world-class fighting skills as well as deceit, calculation, and manipulation to navigate the battlefields as he learns the Art of War is all about the shades of gray!
Fantastic Four #14
(W) Ryan North (A) Iban Coelleo
• A year ago, Reed Richards sent a whole city block the Baxter Building stands on – along with his own children and the children of his best friends Ben and Alicia – a year ahead in time. It was a desperate measure, but it saved them.
• And now it’s time for them all to come back.
• But when the Fantastic Four arrive in NYC, they find something is being built in the pit where the block once stood – and worse, nobody seems to know exactly what it is or why they’re building it.
• With the clock ticking, they investigate this mystery – and discover a mysterious new threat that may have been pulling the strings this entire time…!
Moving on, Image Comics has a large catalog of books set to release this December. The highly anticipated finale of Firepower, from acclaimed Walking Dead writer Robert Kirkman, is set to deliver a gripping conclusion to the martial arts epic. Meanwhile, the dark, captivating worlds of Rodney Barnes’ Killadelphia and the collaborative effort of James Tynion and artist Joshua Hixson in The Deviant continue to unfold. Finally, just in time for your holiday horror reading material, we would recommend the Creepshow Holiday Special 2023.
Fire Power #30
(W) Robert Kirkman (A) Chris Samnee
SERIES FINALE Losing his parents. Training at the Temple of the Flaming Fist. Learning the fire power. Starting a family. Owen’s whole life has been building to this moment, where he attempts the impossible one last time.
(W) Rodney Barnes (A) Jason Shawn Alexander
Hell Spawn, King Spawn, Gunslinger Spawn…now, VAMPIRE SPAWN! The greatest anti-hero in comics becomes a blood-thirsty creature of the night and teams up with our heroes to fight back Lucifer and the forces of Hell. But things become even more complicated as Toussaint Louverture rallies his army and the most epic crossover of the past two decades continues to ramp up with a new player entering the fold… SAVAGE DRAGON! The sold-out, Eisner Award-nominated series continues! From RODNEY BARNES, the writer behind such hit shows as Marvel’s Runaways and STARZ’s American Gods, and JASON SHAWN ALEXANDER, the artist who redefined SPAWN. This issue will also feature the inclusion of a backup story featuring Hell’s Baddest Badass: Johnny Gatlin. Also available in NOIR EDITION, featuring black-and-white line art interiors!
The Deviant #2
(W) James Tynion IV (A) Joshua Hixson
The Deviant Killer was apprehended half a century ago. So who’s behind the grisly slaying of a young man in a Chicago department store… and why does Michael see so much of himself in the man locked behind bars for the original murders? JAMES TYNION IV (W0RLDTR33) and JOSHUA HIXSON (The Plot) cut deeper into their Christmas horror tale, just in time for the holidays.
Creepshow Holiday Special #1
(W) Daniel Kraus & James Asmus (A) Johnathan
CREEPSHOW is here to put the fear in your cheer! You’ve heard of Santa, you’ve heard of Krampus, but have you ever heard of ‘The Christmas Man’? Witness the birth of a new horrifying holiday classic from DANIEL ‘DON’T CALL ME SANTA’ KRAUS (The Shape of Water) and jolly JONATHAN WAYSHAK (Skin Crawl)! Then, jovial JAMES ASMUS (Survival Street, Rick & Morty) and lively LETIZIA CADONICI (House of Slaughter) deliver a cautionary tale about stealing the wrong parcel in ‘Package Thief.
Our last publisher, Dark Horse Comics, is bringing a festive treat to the table this December with the Hellboy Winter Special: Yule Cat. This special edition intertwines the beloved Hellboy universe with enchanting holiday folklore. The arrival of more Hellboy books on the shelves is always a welcome treat, especially for some cozy holiday season reading.
Hellboy Winter Special: Yule Cat
(W) Chris O’Halloran (A) Matt Smith
Hellboy travels to Reykjavik, where children are disappearing and a giant beast has been spotted . . . could it be the infamous Yule Cat of Icelandic lore? Fan-favorite Hellboy artist Matt Smith writes and draws this chilling wintery one-shot!
As we wrap up this overview of December’s exciting comic releases, we wish all the fans a wonderful holiday season and a joyful New Year filled with even more fantastic comics! Thanks for taking the time to check out our website! We have tons of content so check out the rest of our website for videos, podcasts, articles, and more! You can also subscribe to our website and subscribe to our YouTube Channel to stay up to date on all of our content! Check out our social media pages Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter so you don’t miss out on more of our content!