**Disclaimer: I received a free early access copy of Van Helsing vs Dracula’s Daughter by Raven Gregory through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this opportunity.
Van Helsing vs Dracula’s Daughter by Raven Gregory is a fantasy graphic novel about the daughter of Van Helsing, who works as a monster hunter. She becomes the target of the daughter of her father’s nemesis and things escalate quite quickly. I rated it three stars on Goodreads. It was published on July 13th, 2021.
Here’s the summary from Goodreads:
Introducing Helsing’s deadliest villain yet! Liesel Van Helsing returns in a brand new series set to turn the inventive huntress’ world on fire. A mysterious being rises from Helsing’s long forgotten past hell bent on revenge. A being whose secrets could very well destroy Helsing…and all she holds dear. Don’t miss this exciting new series written by fan favorite Wonderland writer Raven Gregory and artist extraordinaire Allan Otero!
This was a really interesting premise. I was pretty excited to read it, but there were definitely parts of this that weren’t really for me. Let’s break it down into what worked and what didn’t work for me.
Firstly, I liked the overall story. There was a good amount of excitement and I kept wondering what was going to happen next. The pacing was good, and each section ended with something that made me need to keep going. The cliffhanger ending was annoying from a reader sense because I need the next volume, but I don’t know when I’ll get it, so that’s kind of annoying. Additionally, I liked the subtle literary references to Dracula and other classic horror literature. It was a nice nod to the classics. I would have enjoyed even more.
However, on the things that I didn’t like, I didn’t like the time setting. It was super confusing about the time when the book was set because it seemed like it was set in a modern timeline with the technology and such, however, the flashbacks to Liesel’s mother being pregnant seemed to be in an older age and that was really confusing to me. I will acknowledge that that could be because I haven’t read any other parts of this great Van Helsing graphic novel collection. Overall, the art in the graphic novel was really well down and the characters were clear and what was happening was obvious, however, I didn’t love the artistic choice of making the girls fight in skimpy costumes. It just seemed really impractical to me.
Ultimately, I had fun while reading this graphic novel so if you’re at all interested, I would suggest checking out the series.