Graphic Novel Review: The Last Halloween
How are ya doing? I’m doing great, myself. I just started decorating my place in Halloween fashion and realized how little I’ve saved over the years. Looks like I have some shopping to do!
Anywho, in the spirit of this spooky month, I finished another read!
This time I read The Last Halloween (Book 1) by Abby Howard.
After reading The Crossroads at Midnight (you can check out my review here) recently, I developed a love for Howard’s unique artwork style.
I sleuthed around and found that this book of hers was published back in 2016. Luckily my library had it in stock, so I snatched it up immediately, mine, mine, mine!
So did I like this one as much as Crossroads? Keep on reading to find out!
PS: This series is currently on hiatus due to other projects by the author, but you can look into that here. Aren’t I resourceful? :p
The Last Halloween, Book 1 is the story of Mona and her unusual friends, who must work together to defend humanity from countless horrific monstrosities! Perhaps they will succeed, and humanity will prevail as it always has. Or perhaps this will be… The Last Halloween.
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What a horrific and humorous graphic novel!
It’s Halloween night … and the world is ending! Mona, left home alone by her parent, is terrified when a monster appears in her house. And when she goes outside, it’s only worse. Fleeing the massive beast, she finds unlikely friends in a cemetery, but can they protect her? What’s happening to the world, and can they stop it before humanity is destroyed?
This is my second read by this author, and man oh man did I love every second! It was the perfect blend of horror and humor.
I could probably fanboy my heart out about this book all day, but I’ll try to keep my wits about me.
The characters really made this an adventure worth reading. Mona is a reluctant hero, and she’s pretty much dragged along the entire journey, protesting at every stop. I found her to be very relatable. I would be extremely irritable if I was expected to do something to help save the world when I was just minding my business at home. I loved all the crazy little faces she made along the way (and all the crazy faces everyone else makes). It reminds me of myself and my other goofball friends when we get together.
All of the friends she made were very interesting, but the bestie trophy definitely goes to Ringley. The way he was drawn and expressed himself reminded me greatly of The Normal Show and how those characters were drawn. He is the silliest pizza-eating vampire I’ve ever met, and I love him to pieces! He is not very useful, but definitely keeps things light in a morbid way (if you don’t understand now, believe me you will when you read it!). I deeply hope to see more of him in future books in the series.
Given how awesome the main cast was, I do have to say I’m disappointed by Mona’s parent. Though they play a relatively minor role in things, they were extremely selfish and a bad parent to Mona. Hopefully they make a true effort to make amends in the future.
The plot was amazing! An apocalypse with monsters running around killing everything that moves? Sounds like so much fun! I loved the story and following Mona and other characters’ journeys. They were all bloody and entertaining, and I couldn’t get enough! I will say that the ending was a bit abrupt like other reviewers have pointed out, but seeing that this is part of a series it’s more forgivable, so long as we get to see some more books soon. Pretty please?
Last but certainly not least, I can’t not mention the great artwork. Howard has wonderful talent, and I loved the way things were rendered and how she switched it up occasionally, like the bit with Ringley’s dad’s story. So amazing, and I can’t wait for more!
If you’re looking for a horror graphic novel that doesn’t take itself too seriously, then you’ve found the perfect book here.
That’s A Wrap!
Well that’s it for this book review. I hope you enjoyed it!
Have you read this book? Are there other similar books you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!
Have a great day!