According to the publisher content (with a little edit from me), my first review is if: She-Ra/He-Man met Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man. And while I won’t disagree, I do think it is a little less as shall we say, clueless than Dog Man can be.
Barb is a young Berzerker who wants in on the action, but the others feel she is too young. But when she is the last one standing, this Dan (Abdo) and Jason (Patterson) graphic novel, she is their only hope for stopping the evil Witch Head that is among us. Monsters and Humans have never been friends, but the journeys that Barb find herself in, show that sometimes Humans can be Monsters and Monsters can be Humane (and really like kielbasa).
Barb the Last Berzerker is a goofy story about friendship, family and finding your way (even if it leads to a giant mud hole). The story of Girl (Barb) and her BFF Yeti (Porkchop) is front and center when the last Berzerker realizes that you do not have to be born a Berzerker to be a hero, you just must have a little spunk (and watch out for sausage carts).
The illustrations are comic book 101. They are goofy, odd, colorful, and detailed as needed to move the story along. They help tell the story and while you know a yeti is a yeti, and a sausage is a sausage, they are not what I would call “realistic looking.” There are a few puns in both text and art for the adult reader, and kids will just enjoy the far out tale of Berzerker Barb.
All ages can enjoy, but probably best for ages 8 to 10.