Seven Comic Books for This Season (and the Next)

A new batch of graphic novels and comic books lands in this season of celebrations, with nods to holidays past and those to come. Crack open these comics — including some classics that are always nice to come back to — and enjoy.

How the X-Men and X-Women celebrate

ImageThis anthology features 22 stories set over the first 25 days of December in the lives of the X-Men and X-Women.CreditMarvel Entertainment

The Merry X-Men Holiday Special (Marvel Entertainment), an anthology from Marvel Comics with 22 stories (most of them a single page each), presents the first 25 days of December in the lives of the X-Men and X-Women: Jubilee plans a Hawaiian vacation with her son, Shogo, and is thwarted by a villain; a little girl plays with Deadpool and Jean Grey action figures; and Beast tries to find the perfect “Star Wars” gift for his love interest. Two somber pages, in particular, resonate: Those of Dec. 2 and Dec. 9.

Kitty Pryde lights a menorah on Dec. 2 and remembers her father and 12 million others who were massacred by anti-mutant forces in Genosha, an island nation that was supposed to be a haven for mutants. “Their lives, their dreams, their futures, were stolen from them by hate,” she thinks.

On Dec. 9, two young boys in Warsaw remind a dejected Magneto what Hanukkah is about — a small band of Jewish people who faced an impossible enemy and won.

Kitty’s story is by Chris Claremont, Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson, Chris Sotomayor and Travis Lanham, and Magneto’s is by

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