Action Lab Danger Zone 2016
Written by Robert Harrington & Adam Horrigan
Illustrated by Alessandro Alessi, Axur Eneas & Chas! Pangburn
Coloured by Alessandro Alessi
It’s Christmas in July folks and this one isn’t for everyone but if you enjoy off-kilter humour and poking fun at the established Church and all the legends of the holiday well then this is your cup of tea, or shot of whiskey as the case may be. This is very much a mature readers title and if you have a sense of humour I highly recommend this because personally I found it to be highly entertaining.
After the decidedly touchy opening where a Cardinal tries to take advantage of a young boy and Sleigher intervenes well it sets the stage for what’s to come. It also does a nice job in saying there is a lot more to Santa than meets the eye as well as his legacy for that matter. Sleigher is the latest in the line of Santa’s and as his descendant well it comes to him to keep up the family traditions. Only he’s a heavy metal man and his way isn’t the way things are used to being done.
I do like the conspiracy aspect of the story that the church wants to eliminate Santa so it can wholly claim the holiday for itself. After all if you look at it’s history the church has stolen many holidays and ideas and taken them on as their own as if they had every right to. Then moving on to those who have been forgotten or ignored by Santa over the years also wanting to exact their revenge upon his name. It’s a whirlwind of craziness that pits the Cluas legacy against those who would destroy it and it’s all kinds of this crazy over the top fun.
The interior artwork here is all kinds of fun as well. I like the portrayal of the characters visually. The way they come to life are done in as much a tongue in cheek manner as the story itself and it works incredibly well. Seeing the Cardinal as he is and his weaponry then the elves as they take on the persona of Sleigher to the creatures who are following him it’s all just the right kind of wrong. It almost has this Rankin and Bass quality to it that’s amped up on booze and drugs to get it there and it’s just hellacious fun.
There’s never a bad time to see the legacy of Santa take on new iterations and with Christmas in July it’s a perfect time for this to hit stands. Forget about the upcoming deluge of holiday madness that will hit stores right after back to school and just enjoy a tale that pokes fun at our modern day look at how we see things.