Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton


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Rating- 5/5 stars

Publisher- Drawn and Quarterly

Pages- 166 (Hardcover)

Hark! A Vagrant is a brilliant and hilarious take on everything from politics to science, pop culture to classic literature.


Hark! A Vagrant is an uproarious romp through history and literature seen through the sharp, contemporary lens of New Yorker cartoonist and comics-sensation Kate Beaton. No era or tome emerges unscathbed as Beaton rightly skewers the Western world’s revolutionaries, leaders, sycophants, and suffragists while equally honing her wit on the hapless heroes, heroines, and villains of the best-loved fiction. She deftly points out what really happened when Brahms fell asleep listening to Liszt, that the world’s first hipsters were obviously the Incroyables and the Merveilleuses from eighteenth-century France, that Susan B. Anthony is, of course, a “Samantha,” and that the polite banality of Canadian culture never gets old. Hark! A Vagrant features sexy Batman, the true stories behind classicNancy Drew covers, and Queen Elizabeth doing the albatross. As the 5600,000 unique monthly visitors to harkavagrant.com already know, no one turns the ironic absurdities of history and literature into comedic fodder as hilarious as Beaton.


The illustrations in this book are these lovely black and white creations that not only look hilarious but are quite similar to their real life counterparts or the way they have been imagined.

The humor is amazing. I couldn’t understand a few of them but the rest of them had me laughing loudly enough to draw attention from people. If you have someone voice acting the strips, it’s even funnier.

My favorite ones were the ones on the Bronte sisters, Anne of Green Gables, Batman and a few more.

If you enjoy good, intelligent humor or just want to see Batman sing Cherry Pie by Warrant, pick this up. You will not regret it.

I rated this graphic novel a 5/5 stars.


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