Turn Back the Pages: Marvel Holiday Special 2005

Happy holidays, everyone! I hope you’ve all been good little girls and boys this year, because Santa Claus Santron is coming to town, and he’s got neural disruptors and a thirst to kill all humans.

Santron Image

Ultron is Santa Claus, and the Avengers are on his naughty list.

Really, that’s all I should have to say about this comic. If that premise doesn’t get you excited, then your heart is three sizes too small. But why stop there? Let’s get into all the delightfully absurd detail of why “Yes Virginia, There is a Santron” is the comic you need to read this Christmas.

It all starts with Virginia Hanlon, a young woman who got bullied for believing in Santa Claus as a kid (which, yeah, is pretty relatable). So as an adult, she builds a robot Santa to make the world a happier place (which is…less relatable). Unfortunately, some of the robot parts she used belonged to an old Ultron model, so when Robot Santa comes online, the first thing he does is fly off to kill the Avengers.

Meanwhile, the Avengers are having their annual holiday party. As much as I like a good action scene, one thing I love in comics is seeing heroes just hang out, and the Avengers holiday party delivers. Whether it’s Spider-Man geeking out over finally having been invited, everyone cooing over how cute Jessica Jones and Luke Cage’s baby is, or Black Panther setting up decorations for Wakanda’s traditional holiday festival, the party is full of fun little character moments.

Though I could do without Iron Man giving the mistletoe robot legs so it constantly goes over Spider-Woman’s head and forces her to kiss him. Not cool, Tony.

Anyway, Santron comes down the chimney and attacks everyone. There’s a big fight, and then Spider-Man saves the day by distracting Santron with a cookie.

Cookies for Santron
No, really.

I won’t go into details. The fight scene isn’t important–like I said, this comic is about the fun character moments, ridiculous premise, and Christmas spirit. Besides, you should read it for yourself.

At the end, Virginia is understandably upset her Santa tried to go on a murder spree, when–surprise!–the Avengers show up with Christmas decorations and food to throw her an impromptu holiday party. Spider-Man tries and fails to give her a pep talk, and then he does what we would all do and shoves Captain America forward to give a speech about the meaning of Christmas.

Wolverine isn’t crying, you guys. He’s just got some dust in his eye.

Marvel Holida Special Cover

From the Marvel Holiday Special 2005, “Yes Virginia, There is a Santron” is a fun little story and one of my favorite Christmas specials. If you’re feeling stressed out this holiday season, you should cheer yourself up by giving it a read. You can grab a digital copy for less than two bucks, and it comes with two other holiday stories (though Santron alone is worth two dollars, easy).

So, to everyone who celebrates, I hope your holiday season is filled with joy, time with loved ones, and absolutely no killer robots.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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Kristen Brand

Kristen Brand writes speculative fiction with lots of action, witty banter, and a bit of romance. She loves comic books and all kinds of superhero media, and she's probably drinking tea right now.

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