If you asked Santa Claus for a bevy of gorgeous comic book covers this December, you’re in luck: the jolly fellow in red more than delivered. For our final monthly gallery of the year, we’ve got a wide spread of stylistic approaches. Andrea Sorrentino unsettles with an abstract Gideon Falls likeness, Dave McKean and David Mack both give the mixed-media format a workout, Adam Hughes and Johnnie Christmas do more with less, Alex Ross paints an icon and a nightmare and Vanesa R. Del Rey elevates the classic portrait with a toothy lil’ hound. The design elements of Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans’s Die #1 mesh perfectly with Hans’s first digitally painted cover, while Stanley Lau’s pitch-perfect holiday Catwoman benefits from DC Comics’ minimalist credit scheme on variant covers. Most of us are still in a holidaze as this list goes up, but what better way to slowly climb out of a food coma than with 31 stunning works of comic art?