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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 in 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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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 in 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!

30 review for Ham Helsing #1: Vampire Hunter

  1. 4 out of 5

    G D'ANNA

    It’s the vampire with social anxiety for me.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Cat

    This is so cute and clever and hilarious??? A surprisingly impressive upper elementary to middle grade debut. Read for the ABA's Kids Indies Introduce Summer/Fall 2021 panel. This is so cute and clever and hilarious??? A surprisingly impressive upper elementary to middle grade debut. Read for the ABA's Kids Indies Introduce Summer/Fall 2021 panel.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens

    A vampire-hunting pig is joined by a pair of treasure-obsessed rats, a ninja pig, and a young werewolf to save the town from a local menace. Also, there's an evil chicken. Which comes as NO surprise to me. A vampire-hunting pig is joined by a pair of treasure-obsessed rats, a ninja pig, and a young werewolf to save the town from a local menace. Also, there's an evil chicken. Which comes as NO surprise to me.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cynthia

    Few things are scarier than a vampire who hogs all the blood. Ba dum tss! But, seriously - Ham Helsing: Vampire Hunter is sizzling with humor, bright pictures, a fun story, and a sweet message about what it means to really be a hero. This graphic novel was easy to pig out on. The story was incredibly enjoyable and I laughed out loud several times. It’s perfect for its middle grade target audience, but big kids like you and me are sure to love it, too!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Peacegal

    This junior graphic novel brings to mind the classic era of Nickelodeon and the Cartoon Network with its wacky premise, kinetic energy, and sarcastic asides. The illustrations are super cute and the storyline is undeniably creative.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Miranda

    If you love puns as much as I do, you will absolutely love this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

    4 to 4.5. Fun, slap stick humor with a fun array of characters! The evil chicken is a fun addition as well!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Cheri

    So funny! However it skews very adult to me. Not sure it’s a good idea for kids to be reading something where people are called idiots? As an adult I found the entire story really hilarious.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Netgalley Ham comes from a long line of vampire hunters who make rash decisions that end in their deaths. After his brother Chad perishes in a wing suit accident, Ham is the only one left. He heads to a town where there is a vampire savaging the residents, and intends to take care of matters. The only problem? He's not sure what to do. With the help of two rats who hire him and Ronin, a wide eyed tree pig, and Lobos (a werewolf who by day is a young boy at a local camp), they ta E ARC provided by Netgalley Ham comes from a long line of vampire hunters who make rash decisions that end in their deaths. After his brother Chad perishes in a wing suit accident, Ham is the only one left. He heads to a town where there is a vampire savaging the residents, and intends to take care of matters. The only problem? He's not sure what to do. With the help of two rats who hire him and Ronin, a wide eyed tree pig, and Lobos (a werewolf who by day is a young boy at a local camp), they take off for the spooky mansion at the edge of town where they meet Malcolm, a warthog(?) vampire who doesn't want to hurt people; he has social anxiety and just wants to keep to himself. Something is hurting the townspeople, so Ham and his band of merry marauders set out to find the villain. Through the twists and turns of their adventure, Ham learns the true meaning of both courage and friendship. Strengths: Many adults struggle with an appropriate level of middle grade goofy, but Moyers nails it. First of all, a vampire hunting pig is just funny, and the other animals he encounters all work well with him. Sneaky but ultimately helpful rats? Check. Inexplicable but helpful werewolf? Check. Kick-ham Ronin, whose ability to save the day and also fend off Malcolm's slightly creepy interest? Check and double check! I also loved that the vampire wasn't really the villain, and that Ham and company have to determine who that really is before the forces of evil are dispatched. Perfect level of cartoon violence with a bit of philosophy thrown in to make discerning readers happy. Make sure you take a look at this one before dismissing it. I love when books surprise me. Weaknesses: While Ham had fairly standard pig eyes, Ronin had manga style wide ones that made me think of Penelope Pussycat, or another character I couldn't quite pin down. This is why I struggle with graphic novels-- I get stuck on one stylistic feature that distracts me. What I really think: As a connoisseur of middle grade literature involving radioactive pocket pets and farting, wisecracking animals of all types, I can tell you: middle school libraries need Ham Helsing. Like Watson's fantastic Stick Dog, Ham can be enjoyed by elementary school students who like that they stomp spiders with wooden clogs, middle schoolers who take great glee in Ham's progenitors' ridiculous deaths, and teachers who appreciate Malcolm instructing Ham on what bravery really means. This could have gone so, so wrong, but went very right instead.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    "Nobody is just evil for the sake of being evil." A clever little story-- two rats (one of which reads a thesaurus to sound smarter-- a fun way to plug vocab building) are looking to make some treasure, so they convince a pig vampire slayer to let them tag along and collect when he slays the vamp who is vexing the town. Ham Helsing comes from a long line of vampire hunters (who, according to the beginning of the novel, are not abundantly intelligent but do seem to be quite brave), and though he "Nobody is just evil for the sake of being evil." A clever little story-- two rats (one of which reads a thesaurus to sound smarter-- a fun way to plug vocab building) are looking to make some treasure, so they convince a pig vampire slayer to let them tag along and collect when he slays the vamp who is vexing the town. Ham Helsing comes from a long line of vampire hunters (who, according to the beginning of the novel, are not abundantly intelligent but do seem to be quite brave), and though he has always been the artistic one in the family, he must arrive and defeat Malcom the Vampire. Along the way, the crew meets Ronin the Tree Pig, an adorable little rogue, and Lobo the Boy Werewolf. There's a cast of "undead" played by pieces of bacon, a loyal HENch played by a chicken, and a nod to Frankenstein. All in all, a very cute read. Because of some of the suggested violence, I'd suggest middle grade readers.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Donald Scott

    1st Line: "Even a long, long time ago, vampire hunting was a Helsing family obsession ... " Prose (Story): Ham Helsing, a painter and writer of poetry whose refined ways belie the centuries of vampire and monster hunting heritage behind him, is forced to take over the family business when his roguish hunter brother Chad is killed, leaving him the last of his line. Determined to do his family proud, Ham sets off to a small village on his first mission, little realizing both the dangers and dorks a 1st Line: "Even a long, long time ago, vampire hunting was a Helsing family obsession ... " Prose (Story): Ham Helsing, a painter and writer of poetry whose refined ways belie the centuries of vampire and monster hunting heritage behind him, is forced to take over the family business when his roguish hunter brother Chad is killed, leaving him the last of his line. Determined to do his family proud, Ham sets off to a small village on his first mission, little realizing both the dangers and dorks awaiting him. Don's (Review): After a brief introduction, in which we are introduced to the short and happy lives of some of Ham and Chad's monster-hunting ancestors, it becomes clear right away that the Helsings mean well, but that these pigs are not exactly the brightest crayons in the box. Ham, soft-spoken and kind (though he steps up to any challenge when riled), arrives for his first kill seeking the castle of the vampire on the hill, and right away builds hiimself a team via a female ninja tree-pig, a pair of greedy (and snarky) rats, and a small boy who happens to turn into a big snarling ... well, wolf technically, but he's more like a big, sloppy, doofy dog, whenever the moon comes out. But with a diabolical hench-hen, an army of spiderlings, and townspeople who don't believe Ham could fight his way out of an argument going against him, it will take all this courageous pig's will to complete his mission - and the laughs along the way make this book a joy. Author Moyer sets up a Looney Tunes-style premise and look to this brilliant graphic novel from the start, but then tempers that humor to a more sarcastic, mature (and funnier) feel, in between the physical comedy, that really makes you care about Ham, Ronin (the aforementioned piglet ninja), Lobos (the wolf-dog); all the characters really. Better still, amidst a book that's funny to read and an animated series on paper to look at (seriously love the art), Ham Helsing also has some nice messages about how both life and people can fool you - in the best way - and that when you have friends you have it all (none of it ever coming across on the page as obvious or preachy). If you hate spiders, a couple scenes toward the end in particular may cause some glee, but this reader devoured Ham Helsing wearing a huge grin throughout - even more so thanks to a surprise twist, in the end, that leads to setting up what appears will be an even larger-scale sequel. Absolutely loved this one, which can be enjoyed by kids of any age - even mine! 4.5/5 stars NOTE: I received a free ARC of this title from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    After an introduction where we see several previous porcine vampire hunters, all managing to kill themselves in the pursuit of their targets, we settle with the current, and last such, piggy. What follows involves quite a mish-mash of different characters – the vampire himself is some kind of tusked boar, living with a hen but not getting on at all well with it; there are two rats who have inspired our pig to do the hunting just for the prestige and not at all for the fortune it would lead to; o After an introduction where we see several previous porcine vampire hunters, all managing to kill themselves in the pursuit of their targets, we settle with the current, and last such, piggy. What follows involves quite a mish-mash of different characters – the vampire himself is some kind of tusked boar, living with a hen but not getting on at all well with it; there are two rats who have inspired our pig to do the hunting just for the prestige and not at all for the fortune it would lead to; oh and there's a timid young boy constantly led into danger as a result of also being a werewolf. A lesser book would really suffer with such incongruous characters, that seem wacky for the sake of being wacky, and not wacky for the sake of a good story. And while this is certainly no classic, this is still entertaining fare, well worth a loan – the story is as suitably non-straightforward as its dramatis personae would make you think, there are twists (and clog dances) that would find a valid place in the best genre works for any age range, and the book bravely has many more wordless panels than just about any comic for this audience, allowing the peculiar action scenes, unusual locations – and yes, oddball characters – space to breathe. At times four stars seemed too generous, but it's about right in the finish, if nothing else for the promise this debut volume holds. The bonus story at the end has more than enough in-jokes to prove I'm right in being hopeful for more.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sharon Tyler

    Ham Helsing: Vampire Hunter is the first volume of a new graphic novel series by Rich Moyer. It is currently scheduled for release on June 1 2021. 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 Ham Helsing: Vampire Hunter is the first volume of a new graphic novel series by Rich Moyer. It is currently scheduled for release on June 1 2021. 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! Ham Helsing is a well drawn and written graphic novel for young readers. I loved the humor and fun in the story,as well as the lessons woven in about being different and judging by appearance. At first I was not sure I was going to like where the story was going- but once I was introduced to Ham Helsing, the vampire, the chicken, and especially the tree pig I was eager for more. I really enjoy the twists of the story and thought it was well paced. I can think of many readers that will greatly enjoy this book and will be looking for more, myself included.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    Ham Helsing is the last in his line of vampire hunters, determined to not meet the same abrupt ends as his predecessors. Not one to look danger in the face, will Ham be able carry on the family legacy? This graphic novel is cute, with drawings reminiscent of comic strips and a good story. I am not a fan of the genre, but this type of book is one that draws the reader in, no matter how old. Ham is mixed up in a world for which he is barely capable, but he finds some friends to help him through. Th Ham Helsing is the last in his line of vampire hunters, determined to not meet the same abrupt ends as his predecessors. Not one to look danger in the face, will Ham be able carry on the family legacy? This graphic novel is cute, with drawings reminiscent of comic strips and a good story. I am not a fan of the genre, but this type of book is one that draws the reader in, no matter how old. Ham is mixed up in a world for which he is barely capable, but he finds some friends to help him through. This is a great message for kids, giving them lessons in perserverance and determination, but through text and drawings that they will understand. For these reasons, I would recommend Ham Helsing #1: Vampire Hunter to both children who are in the target audience and the adults that may follow along for the wild ride. Disclaimer: I was given an Advanced Reader's Copy of Ham Helsing by NetGalley and the publisher, Crown Books for Young Readers. The decision to review this book was entirely my own.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    I received this as an ARC from Netgalley.com. First line: Even a long, long time ago, vampire hunting was a Helsing family obsession… Summary: Ham Helsing has a strong family legacy to uphold. His family have been vampire hunters for generations. They have all been brave and daring. Now it is his turn. After the death of his brother, Chad, he has inherited the job of vampire hunter. He is on a quest to defeat the vampire but he learns that not everyone is as they seem. My Thoughts: This book was hi I received this as an ARC from Netgalley.com. First line: Even a long, long time ago, vampire hunting was a Helsing family obsession… Summary: Ham Helsing has a strong family legacy to uphold. His family have been vampire hunters for generations. They have all been brave and daring. Now it is his turn. After the death of his brother, Chad, he has inherited the job of vampire hunter. He is on a quest to defeat the vampire but he learns that not everyone is as they seem. My Thoughts: This book was hilarious! I loved the artwork, storyline and characters. I thought the concept was really great, especially for kids. They miss out on some of the jokes but there is still some crude humor that they will love. I was shocked that the story did get a little dark but I with everything that kids read and see, it may not even phase them. I look forward to seeing the finished copy. FYI: Juvenile graphic novel.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Robin Pelletier

    Couldn’t resist this one based off its cover. Amazon recommended and I had to get it. I mean, it is a graphic novel about a vampire hunting pig: Amazon gets me. Ham comes from a long line of Helsings (yes, the famous vampire hunters) and he is tasked with ridding the town of a pesky vampire. As a pig lover, the start of this graphic novel peeved me. Pigs are pretty smart. I’m not sure they would do all the dumb things they do at the start of the novel. The family legacy seems to be more about st Couldn’t resist this one based off its cover. Amazon recommended and I had to get it. I mean, it is a graphic novel about a vampire hunting pig: Amazon gets me. Ham comes from a long line of Helsings (yes, the famous vampire hunters) and he is tasked with ridding the town of a pesky vampire. As a pig lover, the start of this graphic novel peeved me. Pigs are pretty smart. I’m not sure they would do all the dumb things they do at the start of the novel. The family legacy seems to be more about stupidity than actually finding vampires. Melvin is my favorite character. While the art style isn’t my cup of tea, it fit the title and nature of the graphic novel. Loved the ending about defying stereotypes. If you want a good laugh or gothic graphic novel about a vampire hunting pig, a crazy hen, a ninja pig and some treasure seeking rats, this graphic novel is for you!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Annie Reilly

    My nine year old daughter loved it, it was enough action to keep her more than engaged. She loved all the potty. humor and especially the female ninja. Most of the more adult jokes and puns went over her head, but I actually enjoyed them. I for one appreciated the snarky rats and their witty dialogue. We were not huge fans of the "vampire" as he seemed a little too creepy towards the female ninja. The townspeople were fun, and the overall story had enough twists and turns to keep my daughter's a My nine year old daughter loved it, it was enough action to keep her more than engaged. She loved all the potty. humor and especially the female ninja. Most of the more adult jokes and puns went over her head, but I actually enjoyed them. I for one appreciated the snarky rats and their witty dialogue. We were not huge fans of the "vampire" as he seemed a little too creepy towards the female ninja. The townspeople were fun, and the overall story had enough twists and turns to keep my daughter's attention. She needed help with some of the words and their definitions, but it was fun to read together. We will definitely be purchasing the next adventure.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Heather Miller

    Poor Ham Helsing. Last of a long line of brave but reckless pigs who have battled evil for centuries. A town needs help - something creepy is terorrizing the village and it's probably the vampire in the castle on the hill. Enter Ham, trembling with fear but full of determination. On his journey to defeat evil, Ham will learn the importance of friendship, not to judge a book by its cover, and the true meaning of bravery. Middle grade kids will love this funny adventure. The illustrations are charm Poor Ham Helsing. Last of a long line of brave but reckless pigs who have battled evil for centuries. A town needs help - something creepy is terorrizing the village and it's probably the vampire in the castle on the hill. Enter Ham, trembling with fear but full of determination. On his journey to defeat evil, Ham will learn the importance of friendship, not to judge a book by its cover, and the true meaning of bravery. Middle grade kids will love this funny adventure. The illustrations are charming without being cutesy, the humor is abundant (in a world where vampires are pigs, their undead minions are....bacon), and the story trots along quickly.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    Actually rating: 3.5 stars. Adored the moral of the story - bravery is not just an absence if fear (often that is foolhardy, or problematic), but it's facing it and protecting those you love despite it. The story itself was fairly disjointed and sometimes hard to follow. The art was fun, and the overall story was very enjoyable. I liked how they flipped some tropes on their heads, but I felt like there were too many characters popping in everywhere. Book gifted by HarperCollins, HCC Frenzy, in excha Actually rating: 3.5 stars. Adored the moral of the story - bravery is not just an absence if fear (often that is foolhardy, or problematic), but it's facing it and protecting those you love despite it. The story itself was fairly disjointed and sometimes hard to follow. The art was fun, and the overall story was very enjoyable. I liked how they flipped some tropes on their heads, but I felt like there were too many characters popping in everywhere. Book gifted by HarperCollins, HCC Frenzy, in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    I really wanted to like this, but I felt like it fell short. Some of the humor was funny, but a lot of it felt like it was geared more toward adults. The premise of the story - a pig who is from a family of vampire slayers - is comical and some kids will find this hilarious. I liked the warthog werewolf and Lobos (the local boy who turned into a dog at night). The illustrations were cute, but as for the story, I just didn't love it. I really wanted to like this, but I felt like it fell short. Some of the humor was funny, but a lot of it felt like it was geared more toward adults. The premise of the story - a pig who is from a family of vampire slayers - is comical and some kids will find this hilarious. I liked the warthog werewolf and Lobos (the local boy who turned into a dog at night). The illustrations were cute, but as for the story, I just didn't love it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Hough

    Ham Helsing comes from a long line of vampire hunters. When a local town asks for his assistance with the vampire terrorizing their town, he’s not sure he’s got chutzpah to get the job done. This was a hilarious take on Van Helsing. I laughed out loud on numerous occasions and thought the artwork was very engaging. Fans of Dog Man will be thrilled by this story.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bookish

    Ham is last in a long line of monster hunters (they’ve all died in the process) and resignedly takes the family helm. A murderous hen, lycanthropic child and many adventures with new friends later, it turns out things are seldom as they seem and Ham’s actually pretty good at being brave. A punny, slightly dark graphic novel series starter.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ivaska

    Again, more inclined to higher rating as 3stars. This book was a joy to read, I laughed at witty jokes and the story itself was funny. I liked the illustrations as well, what got me the most were the tiny little details (I see you, squirrel!). Will definitely read next installment when I get my hands on it!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Cooke

    A very fun and punny adventure all about finding yourself and learning what you’re capable of. Definitely silly and filled with delightful jokes but also has a lot of heart. Reminded me of a longform newspaper strip (although that might’ve been the lettering). Worth checking out!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Hillary Scholz

    Super fun graphic novel! It's a fun take on Van Helsing with a lot of humor and a good message about what bravery really means. "You know bravery isn't the absence of fear, right? Are you scared? So scared. And you're doing this anyway? Think about that." Super fun graphic novel! It's a fun take on Van Helsing with a lot of humor and a good message about what bravery really means. "You know bravery isn't the absence of fear, right? Are you scared? So scared. And you're doing this anyway? Think about that."

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jess

    Listen, anything that contains a rapping chicken in it automatically gets 4 stars in my book. But seriously, I’ve gritted my teeth through many overly-punny, corny juvenile graphic novels. Was this corny? Yes. Did it have lame jokes? Yes. But it was bearable and I enjoyed it overall.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    Absolutely Hilarious! I honestly believe that parents will enjoys this book as much as the kids. The artwork is fun and the story just makes you cackle. All the jokes in each panel...Zombie Bacon!?! I love it! I enjoyed this so much. I just made me happy.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I received a digital review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    I received an ARC from NetGalley. This was so delightfully hilarious, I loved it! Looking forward to more adventures from Ham and friends!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sara Thompson

    Hilarious! Students will love the story of a pig vampire slayer.

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