As with most Holiday Specials, the stories are superficial and light, and the issue is not essential. It’s not bad though. Even with Ben Reilly Spider-Man.
Kevin Maguire draws the lead story, which is a treat.
He fights Scorcher.
I’ve largely boycotted writing about the extended Clone Saga period, but this Holiday Special was okay.
Then a Black Cat story that has no words.
After that, Venom gets the holiday spirit…
He stops some bad guys who mug Santa.
Aunt May gets a brief solo story before the final chapter.
We close with a Human Torch/Ben Reilly team-up at the Statue of Liberty, where Johnny learns that there is a new Spider-Man after Johnny summons Spidey for their annual bromantic meeting at the Statue of Liberty.