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"Ghost Hog" Graphic Novel Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Oni Press

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Written and illustrated by Joey Weiser
2019, 163 Pages
Trade paperback released on May 8th, 2019


You've heard of urban legends like Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster, but what about Ghost Hog? Creator Joey Weiser sets out to establish a new ghost story, this one for all ages as we meet Truff, a pig with a chip on her shoulder after she was killed by a hunter. Now she haunts the woods, searching for the hunter to get her revenge. Can the forest spirits, Claude and Stanley talk some sense into her?

While Ghost Hog deals with the concept of life and death, specters, and an occasional spooky image, it is very much made for all ages. You can read this with your kids without fear of giving them nightmares. This is attributable to Weiser's art style, bringing a fun vibe to the book. Truff is adorable, yet full of anger. When she “ghosts out” she is a fearsome beast of blue fire.

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Claude and Stanley are like her Timon and Pumbaa, trying to help her release some of that rage. They're cartoonish, but never too kiddie. Weiser doesn't “dumb down” the design or story. They definitely have some of the best lines in Ghost Hog too.

One of the most interesting aspects of this book is how Truff comes to terms with her death. She goes on a compelling journey of grief and acceptance as she struggles to find her new place in the world. You can see how she could become a monster, but there's still good in her, keeping that evil in check.

Truff's story is just part of Ghost Hog. There's also a hideous monster trapped in a mountain, using local critters to help him escape. This is one of the most disgusting creatures I've seen in recent memory, not because he's super scary or menacing, but because he's just plain gross. What gets me are his fingernails; they're long, discolored, and jagged. He is desperately in need of a manicure.

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Even his speech is unsettling, appearing in these huge, oddly-shaped word balloons with these squiggly lines on the bottom of them. It's like even his words have stink lines on them.

This is where Ghost Hog gets a little darker, but not in a fire and brimstone way. Instead, it's more like a lighter version of the volcano temple in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. It's big, dreary, and a little frightening, but again, not something that's going to give your kids nightmares.

I'm constantly on the lookout for good all-ages comics with horror and monsters. Ghost Hog delivers on that in spades, with a fun story, solid artwork, and some cool creatures, both living and dead. It mixes elements of fantasy, comedy, and just enough of the macabre for a great combination.


Story: fourstars Cover
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Art: fourandahalfstars
Overall: 4 Star Rating

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About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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