Cover Image: Van Helsing vs. Dracula's Daughter

Van Helsing vs. Dracula's Daughter

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date:

Member Reviews

VAN HELSING VS. DRACULA’S DAUGHTER (release 8-3-21)

This graphic novel further forwards the story of Van Helsing’s daughter, Liesel. There is much more to her life than we know. 

The story unfolds slowly, and as it does, more and more of each character’s story is revealed, especially more of Liesel’s life. Her past, present, and future—as in our own—are all connected and uncloaked.

The illustrations may be a bit much for some people but emphasize the story, and at times, add more detail to what is going on, especially some really gory scenes. There are scenes where the art takes over the telling of the story and what it reveals and its impact are much more sobering.

Interesting story, interesting characters, interesting art, work together to tell the continuing tale of Van Helsing. 

#VanHelsingvsDraculasDaughter #NetGalley
Was this review helpful?
**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.
Was this review helpful?
I had a great time reading this graphic novel. This hunter has a few new spins put on them. We also get to learn a bit about their mysterious past in this story. When they learn someone is trying to bring back an ancient evil they know they have to find a way to stop them. Yet as this tale comes to a close it looks like things are about to get a whole lot worse.
Was this review helpful?
I received an advance reader copy of this book to read in exchange for an honest review via netgalley and the publishers.

Van Helsing vs Draculas daughter is the latest edition to this hot, fast paced and blood filled vampire hunter series.
The graphics are amazingly detailed and although some screens are far fetched, that is part of the comic book theme. 
I loved the Dr Jeckle side kick in this edition and loved Vzn Helsing going up against Draculas daughter in this edition! 
A must for comic book fans!
Was this review helpful?
Van Helsing vs. Dracula's daughter stars Liesel Van Helsing, a vampire hunter and the daughter of the famed vampire hunter as she faces off against the daughter of Lord Dracula who is on a mission to avenge Dracula and resurrect him.

This was so fun and entertaining and I loved seeing strong females take the lead in this story.
Was this review helpful?
A mysterious being from Helsing's past returns and is hell bent on revenge.  

This was the first book I have read in the Van Helsing series.  I really enjoyed this book.  The story is well written.  Writer Raven Gregary does a great job building an omnious feeling in the book from the very beginning.  I love the line, in my world the shadows bite back.  Letters by Taylor Esposito are excellent.  At one point the dialogue starts to fade.  This is after some tragic news and it really added to the effect of not being able to focus because of grief.  It made the entire page feel so much sadder.  Art (Allan Otero) and colors (Robby Bevard) work so well together that I can't imagine a better team.  At one point there is a dream sequence and it is one of the most beautiful pages I have seen.  

Creative Team:
Story: Joe Brusha, Ralph Tedesco, Dave Franchini, Raven Gregory
Writer: Raven Gregary
Art: Allan Otero
Colors: Robby Bevard
Letters: Taylor Esposito

4 stars
Was this review helpful?
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Liesel Van Helsing is a vampire hunter like her father and in this volume, she will be facing the daughter of lord Dracula who wants to venge her father but also resurrect him. Liesle will be facing a greater threat with her friends  than the usual easy to kill monsters.

Nice and entertaing book to read with badass sexy girls that can kill anything with shorts. It was fun to read but not sure I will be following it.
Was this review helpful?
ARC From Netgalley.
A staple of the Zenescope Comics line, the character of Liesel Van Helsing, daughter of the famous Abraham Van Helsing (of Dracula fame) has companions from the lore she originates from as well as the character base of Zenescope itself. This Volume, being one of many in a long series, keeps with both the action of a great monster story as well as the typical Zenescope artstyle.

Liesel Van Helsing is a vampire hunter (as you’d expect) but also hunts all other kinds of creatures of the night. Her prime companion is Julie Jeckyl, an amazing scientist, but with a secret (I’ll give you one guess as to what that is!). This Volume begins with a robbery from the Van Helsing Vaults: the bones of Dracula have been stolen by Charlotte, daughter of Dracula. A visit from newly married friends Mina and Jonathan Harker adds to the chaos, as well as finding the journal of her mother Elizabeth. With Julie having something to “Hyde” and the connection between Liesel and Charlotte coming to light, the story will keep you turning pages… and that doesn’t even take into account all the monster hunting and action!

Raven Gregory (GRIMM FAIRY TALES, WONDERLAND, FLY) who is also the executive editor at Zenescope, lends his action packed writing style to one of the company’s flagship titles. I’m lucky enough that I get to review the following Volume this month as well… the cliffhanger at the end of this Volume definitely has me wanting more.

Ages 14+
Was this review helpful?
A mysterious book with colourful art - How else would you want to see Van Helloing and Dracula's Daughter portrayed?

I will say, this book is beautiful for it's colouring. That really drew me in and kept my attention. I could have done without the super skimpy (air quote "sexy") outfits, but I guess I'm not the audience? The action and storyline would have been enough without overly sexualizing the main leads to get a few more gazes from certain individuals. It seems dumb and unrealistic to have the girls fighting in sexy shots. You can make them look just as good in pants... But, you know, I guess we weren't in this graphic novel for the story. Let's look at boobs and butts instead.

This isn't a standalone - it's in a vast series of stories. Can you read it alone? Sure. Does it make much sense? Ehhh... Kind of? I definitely was missing a lot of key elements to know fully what was going on. 

Overall, the story is good for a nice read to escape from reality. It's not award winning in my mind, it's just an okay book. The colour and illustrations (minus the sexy outfits) are what really did it for me.

Two out of five stars.
Was this review helpful?
The art was spectacular, the details were amazing. I just wish that the leads who are sexy would wear some leather pants and a jacket to avoid getting hurt rather than the short clothes. Oh I'm all for confident leads but damn I was so scared that some venom or demon blood could get on their skin. I loved the premise setting andd the creepiness level was in heights.

The only thing that irked me was it ended on such a cliffhanger. I want to know what happens next. The story flow was good but the alternative scenes from past and present were a little confusing at the start but later they had great balance. The landscape art was the coolest and the monsters hunted here were so well depicted even through the blood and gore. 

Julie was my favourite and I hope to god that she survived that fall. This on the whole was a good book and I wish I had read a more easy going font than the block letters. The end was eerie and a little unexpected with a lot of acope for a better and amazing plot in the next book. Thank you for the copy @netgalley and Diamond book distributors
Was this review helpful?
*3.5/5

In this dark, mysterious and action packed story, we follow Liesel Van Helsing, the daughter of the famous vampire hunter, who now faces her nemesis's daughter, Charlotte, the daughter of Count Dracula. She has come to steal her father's skeleton, so that she can bring him back from the dead.

Normally, I would go into the plot, describing the whole story, but most people don't like spoilers, so I think I will move on to my thoughts.

This was my first time reading something with these characters or something by this artist in general.

I enjoyed the pace, the premise and the art style. And I can see potential in this story. And maybe, just maybe, I will go back to reading more from this comic book universe.

However, there were some things that even though I can't say that I hated, I found a bit weird.

First things first, this is a part of a larger series, and these characters have been featured in previous issues. And unfortunately, this not being a standalone was not mentioned anywhere when I requested to read this. I will say though, that some storylines that were mentioned in this as flashbacks, had little asterisks next to them, so you could go back and know which issues to check out.

Naturally, this not being a standalone, affected the way I saw the characters. Both Liesel herself who, for some reason, didn't strike me as the genius presented here, and the secondary ones. For example, the presence of Jonathan and Mina Harker didn't serve any purpose here. (view spoiler)

Same as Liesel's friend (whose name I don't remember, sorry!) who is a half-vampire(?) scientist and even though she seems like a very interesting character, her arc seems unfinished, with some of the plotlines about her coming out of nowhere (for someone who hasn't read the previous issues of course.)

Also, I am sorry about this, but the main story fell in a big slack somewhere around the middle. But at least the flashbacks regarding the villain were very interesting. Even though the villain herself was not (which, fair enough, might get fixed in future issues.)

Overall, this was a positive reading experience. But I will have to admit that I expected something even better, which I hope we get to see in the future.

If you made it this far, congratulations!
'Til next time, take care :) :) :)
Was this review helpful?
I loved it so much. I am a huge vampire lover. When you read this is the story of Van Helsing’s daughter and her friend Julie. Helsing is out to find and kill the daughter of Dracula the man that took her mother from her when she was very young. With me it’s hard to give a good review cause I want to gush and spoil the heck out of the book I read. So I leave you with this. If you want a good book that’s full of vampire, fighting, demons, etc you need to read this book.
Was this review helpful?
I really enjoyed this graphic novel. I picked up in the middle of the series but had no issues figuring out what was going on. The story and illustrations made it very easy to follow along and made for a blood pumping fast paced read. I definitely have to pick up the rest of this series.
Was this review helpful?
Written by Raven Gregory and Artwork by Allan Otero.  I did not read the previous Van Helsing story, but I do not believe it was necessary to enjoy this story.  The artwork was amazing and clearly portrayed the needed information beautifully.  Gregory's writing was clear and flowed well.  However, I do believe the story needed more to it.  I felt the story passed too quickly and didn't hit the right beats.  If I had read this as single issues, I would have been severely disappointed.
Was this review helpful?
Van Helsing vs Dracula’s Daughter has amazing artwork and a storyline with enough twists to keep you entertained. While I enjoyed the unique additions to the Dracula/Van Helsing story, there were times I felt like I was missing something. I hadn’t read the other comics in this universe, so if you’re trying to read this as a stand-alone, be advised there are bits and pieces that are further explained elsewhere. All in all, it was a great graphic novel and I definitely want to read more. 

Thank you to NetGalley and Diamond Books for allowing me to read the ARC of Van Helsing vs Dracula’s Daughter.
Was this review helpful?
The artwork is really nice and I liked the story. I haven't read any other comics with  Liesel Van Helsing, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It's a page turner that I couldn't put it down. This feels like a complete arc as far as comics go, but I hope that there will be more so I can find out where this leads.
Was this review helpful?
An fantastically edgy take on Bram Stokers Dracula and Van Helsing! I loved the plot and graphic illustrations! Van Helsing takes on Draculas daughter in this installment.
Was this review helpful?
This is just so not my thing. I was excited about it at first; a graphic novel with vampires and a vampire hunter sounded really fun. Alas, the art style is not my favourite and the plot failed to keep my interest.

Maybe if I were familiar with Van Helsing before picking this up I'd have liked it more.
Was this review helpful?
Liesel Van Helsing is up against a very strong foe - Dracula's daughter - who is bent on bringing him back to life. But first she has a bit of revenge to take on Liesel for all that has been taken from her. Will Liesel and her friends survive or will this be the end?
Was this review helpful?
Given that I've never read comic books before, this was a fun, quick read. I've also never read anything in this comic series before but I have read Dracula so I know the characters.

Thank you, NetGalley and Diamond Book Distributors, for providing me with an eARC in exchange for my honest opinion.
Was this review helpful?