Ham Helsing: Vampire Hunter is a fun start to what promises to be a graphic novel series with a ton of humor and kid appeal.
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The summary, from Amazon:
The monster hunt is on! A rip-roaring graphic novel adventure about the latest in a famous family of vampire-hunting pigs, inspired by legendary monster slayer Van Helsing!
Ham Helsing is the descendant of a long line of adventurers and monster hunters–who don’t often live to rest on their laurels. Ham has always been the odd pig out, preferring to paint or write poetry instead of inventing dangerous (dumb) new ways to catch dangerous creatures.
His brother Chad was the daredevil carrying on the family legacy of leaping before looking, but after his death, it’s down to Ham. Reluctantly, he sets out on his first assignment, to hunt a vampire. But Ham soon learns that people aren’t always what they seem and that you need a good team around you to help save your bacon!
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Ham Helsing has some serious Looney Tunes vibes and I loved every minute of reading this funny graphic novel, probably best for young readers and middle grade. Ham has no interest in carrying on the family tradition of vampire hunting but reluctantly does so after his brother dies. I loved the representation of the vampire’s undead minions as bacon. This was just a silly, fun read about how people aren’t always what you expect, filled with lots of visual and textual humor. I can’t say it was the best graphic novel I’ve read this year, but it sure was the funniest one, and that rates it 4 stars in my book.
Ham Helsing #1: Vampire Hunter by Rich Moyer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Book Club Questions
- What was the theme of this graphic novel?
- Who was your favorite character? Why?
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