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Marvel Holiday (Digest) Paperback


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  • Series: Digest
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (December 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785123008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785123002
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 6.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,644,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is indeed a digest-sized trade paperback, the smallest dimensions Marvel ever prints them at, which originally sold for $7.99 when issued in 2006. It reprints two special anthology comics, Marvel Holiday Special 2004 and 2005, with the added bonus of Marvel Team-Up #1 (the Sandman visits his mother during the holidays) and X-Men #143, the famous story where brand-new X-Man Kitty Pride singlehandedly fights off a Brood attacker on Christmas Eve.

The holiday specials have some very cute stories. J. Jonah Jameson experiences his own version of "A Christmas Carol" when he dreams visits from the ghosts of Christmas past (Captain America), present (Benjamin J. Grimm) and future (Your Friendly Neighborhood You-Know-Who). A student at Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters has no place to spend the holidays so Scott Summers and Emma Frost postpone their planned tropical getaway to show him a good time. Franklin Richards, in my favorite of these stories, questions his family on how they view the holidays and pins his father down on whether Reed Richards actually believes in God. The Moleman is kidnapping department store Santas and the FF must find and rescue them. A lonely young girl with a genius IQ accidentally creates an Ultron robot that thinks it's Santa and it attacks the Avengers during their holiday party at Dr. Strange's sanctum sanctorum ("Food and drink are over by the sarcophagus"). And, in the weakest story, the unemployed and thus broke super villain Hurricane tries to rob a toy store to get Christmas presents for his children; what happens when the FF intervene?

While these stories are of varying quality, Reed's discussion of his religious beliefs and Dr. Strange's Christmas party are worth the price of admission. If various sellers are still offering this book at a huge discount, you might find it a real bargain.
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