Boodlust & Bonnets
Writing - 9/10
Art - 8/10
Overall - 8.5/10
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Author: Emily McGovern
Artist: Emily McGovern
“From the creator of the hit webcomic My Life as a Background Slytherin comes a hilarious graphic novel pastiche of classic Romance literature led by a trio of queer misfits—and several angry vampires.
Set in early nineteenth-century Britain, Bloodlust & Bonnets follows Lucy, an unworldly debutante who desires a life of passion and intrigue—qualities which earn her the attention of Lady Violet Travesty, the leader of a local vampire cult.
But before Lucy can embark on her new life of vampire debauchery, she finds herself unexpectedly thrown together with the flamboyant poet Lord Byron (“from books!”) and a mysterious bounty-hunter named Sham. The unlikely trio lie, flirt, fight, and manipulate each other as they make their way across Britain, disrupting society balls, slaying vampires, and making every effort not to betray their feelings to each other as their personal and romantic lives become increasingly entangled.
Both witty and slapstick, elegant and gory, Emily McGovern’s debut graphic novel pays tribute to and pokes fun at beloved romance tropes, delivering a joyous, action-packed world of friendship and adventure.
Release Date: September 17th, 2019
From the creator of My Life as a Background Slytherin comes a new tale of vampire hunting and romance: Bloodlust & Bonnets.
Bloodlust & Bonnets
Are there any of you fans of a webcomic called My Life as a Background Slytherin? If so, you’re going to love Bloodlust & Bonnets. This is Emily McGovern’s (creator of the aforementioned webcomic) first go at a graphic novel, and her humor is on point in this new story.
Bloodlust & Bonnets is slightly whimsical and a whole lot of insane, but that just makes it all the more fun. The series follows Lucy, a disillusioned debutante turned vampire hunter from the 1800s. Yes, that does seem like quite the career change. But it does fit the character (and author) perfectly.
This series is full of British humor, hilarious and inane moments, vampire hunting (well, attempts at it, at least), peculiar characters, and so much more. I really think that fans of her webcomic series will love it—though perhaps new readers will be a bit confused by her storytelling style.
Emily McGovern is the queen of inane humor. That is something I knew very well before diving into Bloodlust & Bonnets. It’s also a fact that was absolutely confirmed while reading. The characters in this graphic novel are hilarious, sometimes bumbling around in ways that only her characters can. The whole story is a fun twist on classic Romantic literature—and, okay, it’s a riff on some vampire hunting novels as well.
There are three main characters here: Lucy, the debutant/vampire hunter mentioned earlier. Then there’s Lord Byron. He’s a walking male romantic character trope flipped on its head. Finally, there’s Sham. Sham may be the most intriguing character, thanks to the air of mystery around them. Plus they actually seem to understand the whole process involved in vampire hunting.
This crew gets into some hilarious adventures, due in part to their varied motives for hunting vampires. It’s chaotic tale full of awkward interactions, silly moments, and on-point humor. There plenty of quips and entertaining moments to be found in this one.
If you’re wondering what the artwork inside Bloodlust & Bonnets looks like, take a minute to go and look up a panel from My Life as a Background Slytherin. Go on, I’ll wait. McGovern’s unique and iconic style is carried over into this graphic novel. Fans of hers will have no trouble recognizing the artist behind this one.
McGovern’s artwork is pure lines—no shading and no color (minus the cover, of course). It allows for quick pieces like the webcomic series. But it also suits the characters in this tale as well. There’s something inherently chaotic about the way McGovern draws.
Bloodlust & Bonnets is a hilarious and fun read. It’ll probably be appreciated more by fans of McGovern’s other works. But I honestly think new fans could appreciate it as well. Especially anybody looking to see a lighthearted riffing on some otherwise-stale romantic tropes.
The adventures and quips in this story are both satisfying and entertaining. The mashing together of two major themes—romance and vampire hunting—may not be a new idea. But McGovern certainly put her own spin on things.
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