The Scrooge-like Clown gets visited by three phantoms of his own on Christmas Eve - - the Yank, the Ghost and the American Spirit - - and the results of their showing him his life's errors of don’t play out like anything Dickens could’ve imagined.
Berkenkotter's art is just fantastic. I’ll gripe often about ink-less pages, but his lines are tight enough to pull it off. He’s actually able to pull off a lot - - from bizarre superhero business to mundane sidewalk conversations - - and give it all the requisite style. Actually, style's the key word, here, as Jerwa uses a mildly-nightmarish tone to tell a story that’s got a real message and dramatic tension while still wholeheartedly embracing all the hokier tropes of the golden age.
Even for superheroes, it seems like a hard-to-swallow for the Clown to turn evil simply because his girl stepped away for him for a moment to see a street performer. It felt like some crucially-important line of dialog was missing somewhere there.
The Verdict – 4/5
A Christmas Carol has been remade, parodied and paid tribute to thousands upon thousands of times. Thus, it’s an accomplishment that Gerwa found a way to take some digs at the story while still following its beats rather sincerely. This reminded me of some of the better Astro City stories where a self-contained character portrait is told against the surreal backdrop of a superhero world.