DC Rebirth Holiday Special #1
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DC Rebirth Holiday Special #1

Writer: Steve Orlando, James Tynion IV, Paul Dini, Various, K. Perkins, Heath Corson, James Asmus, Tim Seeley, Cullen Bunn, Vita Ayala Artist: Gustavo Duarte, Robbi Rodriguez, Various Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: December 14, 2016 Cover Price: $9.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 17
7.4Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

DCs biggest and brightest heroes celebrate the holidays in this new special! Dont miss a Chanukah crisis for Huntress, a Flash family Christmas, Wonder Woman interrupting John Constantines hellblazing pagan party and moreincluding the return of Detective Chimp! Todays top talents bring you a very special holiday gift thatll keep on giving through the New Year! And writer Paul Dini crafts a Harley holiday tale featuring DCU guests that bridges all the stories in the weirdest, wildest way.

  • 10
    Comicosity - Aaron Long Dec 17, 2016

    All in all, this is a crazily well crafted set of short stories by a great mix of creators showcasing different styles, holiday traditions and a ton of characters. Lots of laughs, lots of heartwarming moments and almost 90 pages of entertaining content that got me even more in the holiday spirit than I already was. I highly recommend giving this one a shot. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Dec 23, 2016

    Now, I said that was the final story in the issue, and thats true, but I did save the best for last. The Harley Quinn framing sequence, of a huge party for the various DC characters, is funny and wild, very creative, and is what puts this volume over the top as a truly great Christmas special. Written by Paul Dini, with art by Elsa Charetier, my favourite moments include Black Canary and Zatannas performance of the Twelve Days of Christmas, Flash and his villains carolling around the piano, and Menor-antlers. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Alexis Simonetta Dec 13, 2016

    I will say this, there are definitely more pros than cons when it comes to the special. I think DC did a great job getting all these writers and artists together. This will totally get you pumped for the holidays and not just Christmas either. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Loukas Dec 23, 2016

    You don't have to be a Grinch to dread Christmas parties. The epitome of mandatory enjoyment, which is to say pure agony, these gatherings tend to degenerate into either uncomfortable conversation with people with whom you have little in common, but whom you can't avoid for political reasons, or bored chitchat with the same people you talk to every day, chitchat usually consisting of complaints about the same annoying but well-connected people. DC Rebirth Holiday Special #1starts out in the same dreary tradition with a frame story narrated by Harley Quinn. Harley is very popular, I grant, but the patter from Paul Dini is little more than adequate. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Dec 14, 2016

    The book features most of DC's big guns wrapped in a nice holiday edition. Is it worth $10? For most DC fans there's bound to be enough in the 88 pages to make it worth a read during the holidays. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Matthew Mueller Dec 14, 2016

    There are some duds with good intentions, like the "Day of Returning" and the Green Lantern starring "The Epiphany", but overall the issue is well worth a read, especially if you're looking for some heartwarming fare. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Kyle Pinion Dec 14, 2016

    I'm selling this way hard, I know, but wow I loved this. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Batman-News - Elena Carrillo Dec 15, 2016

    Get yourself a cup of spiced cider, eggnog, cocoa, an Irish whiskey, or any other favorite warm drink of choice, and curl up in a big chair with this one. A motley assortment of characters and art styles pack this book with spirit-filled stories that skirt the line between sentimental and fuzzy warm. Book leans heavily on favorite characters like Superman and Batman, but also includes some interesting other guests like Detective Chimp, John Constantine, and Krypto the superdog. The holiday is covered from Christmas Eve through the Epiphany and from a variety of cultural and religious perspectives. Something that will be fun to read this year and again in future years too, I'd wager. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Dec 14, 2016

    While there are some really great holiday stories featuring our heroes in this special, I don't know if the great art that accompanies them can really justify spending ten extra dollars on a week where a bunch of big books are already coming out.  If you want some holiday cheer with your favorite heroes, don't mind anthologies and have a little extra money this week then by all means go for it, but overall this special just feels unnecessary, but there's still a lot to enjoy about it. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Capeless Crusader - Jeremy Radick Dec 14, 2016

    The best moments in the DC Holiday Special #1 are the ones that either successfully tug at your heart or acknowledge in the meta-textual way the absurdity of a Holiday issue. The other stories in the issue come off less well. I will say that none of them struck me as bad, but a few felt slight or run of the mill, missing a spark. I'm not sure the book as a whole wouldn't have been better with less content rather than the slew of stuff we get here that feels like filler, especially when considering the $10 price. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 15, 2016

    With a $9.99 cover price and clocking in at around 80 pages, this issue is more trade paperback than standard holiday special. And while there's plenty of holiday cheer to be in this book, a leaner, meaner, cheaper experience probably would have been an easier sell. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    DC Comics News - Tony Farina Dec 21, 2016

    I get it. I do. I don't have to like it personally to understand why it was made and to whom it appeals. It is nice to see Paul Dini do some work with Harley and it is nice to see Jessica Cruz get a win. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Big Comic Page - Ross Sweeney Dec 14, 2016

    Overall, theres something tangibly meaty and festive about this wee collection of stories, despite the occasional oddities. And at 96 pages for 7 of your finest Scottish Pounds, it offers surprisingly decent value, particularly given the high calibre of line- and colour-work on display. Its by no means an essential read " the new Watchmen cannot be found herein, be assured " but on the flipside, if youre looking for a nice wee gift for the DC fan in your life, you could do infinitely worse. Or should l say"" CRISIS ON INFINITE WORSE!! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Dec 15, 2016

    Your mileage may vary with an anthology like this. If you really love the season and want to see these characters getting up to some holiday hijinks, you’ll definitely have fun with this book. But even at 88 pages, the price point may give some readers reason to pause. That’s a potentially big burden on a pull list (and a holiday shopping budget) for stories that are very sweet but lack any sort of impactful substance. It would be a different story if the second half of the book stood up as well as the first half, but this special stands firmly in the middle of the road. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Batman Universe - Jim Remolde Dec 16, 2016

    There were a couple of good moments, but overall this was not an engaging issue for me. It was even extremely difficult writing this review with all the various mini stories. Read Full Review

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