From behind, we see Luke and the elf staring ahead towards Santa’s Grotto. It’s a ramshackle log cabin with Christmas decorations, twinkling lights and a huge fir tree outside. There’s a pack of reindeer standing to one side, looking grumpy. The door to the shack is opening…
The elf hands Luke a handkerchief. The snow has stopped but Luke is still shivering.
Elf: Your payment must wait, saving Santa’s the issue…
You’ll have to make do with this snotty old tissue.
From out of the shack come a gang of supervillains, charging towards Luke, itching for a fight. (I'll tell you who they are in the next two panels, just play along, will you?) We don't need to see them all in this panel though.
Cap: Then faster than Quicksilver, the villains they came
And Luke, he did struggle to remember their names…
Close on Luke, wracking his brains to identify the villains in the previous panel. He’s fighting while he does this, but we’re too close to see much of the action.
Luke: Erm… Trapster, and… Cancer? The Answer, and… Vixen?
The four villains Luke has just named are laid out on the snow while Luke tackles another four in one big fight scrum. One of the villains is a famous film director, the rest are regular Marvel badguys.
Luke: Now, Batroc and Carnage, Richard Donner and… Blizzard?
Cap: That last one didn’t rhyme, but Luke didn’t care
He was just glad to get them out of his hair
From behind, we see Luke standing outside Santa’s grotto. In the foreground, a pile of villains lay defeated. The elf runs past Luke towards Santa who’s tied up with tinsel and locked in cage just inside the shack’s doorway. Santa also has a bauble taped into his mouth like a ball gag.
Cap: So Santa was rescued, set free from his cage
And Luke, he did wonder what to buy with his wage
Luke watches as Santa and the Elf zoom off on the sleigh (now loaded with presents), pulled by the reindeer. The Elf waves back at Luke from the sleigh, looking slightly embarrassed. The snow is falling again and Luke is left huddled and shivering, contemplating a long journey home.
Cap: But the old man was late, with no time to pay,
He just jumped on his sleigh and flew off on his way
Cap: …waved the Elf…
Elf: I guess that’s just snow business!
Cap: Leaving Luke to walk home, a’grumbling…
Luke: SWEET CHRISTMAS!