Wet Hot American Summer

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Wet Hot American Summer is the definition of a cult classic, a comedy that’s as weird and unexpected as it is hilarious, a film that flew under the radar but has long since become a celebrated part of filmdom for certain viewers. The tale of the last day of summer for the counselors, staff, and campers for Camp Firewood was insane, delightful, and oddly poignant at times. It’s a tough mix to try to replicate in any form, let alone translate to the world of graphic novels.

But Wet Hot American Summer does an admirable job of trying to capture that lunatic, inventive energy of the original while still adding new wrinkles to the story we know. Set as a prequel to the film, an angry townsperson calls for the camp to be inspected, hoping that it will close and the rapscallions who work there will no longer torment her.

This sitcom-level storyline proves to be an excellent framework to hang all sorts of silliness on, allowing for a D&D war for supremacy, feral campers, a toxic lake, and an unexpected romance to blossom.

Although it’s hard to resurrect film performances without the film’s marvelous cast delivering the dialogue, I was impressed by the sharp writing and the distinctive yet cartoony art style that brought these misfits to life. It’s over the top and ridiculous, as well it should be.


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Author Christopher Hastings • Michael Showalter, Creator • David Wain, Creator • Noah Hayes, Illustrator • Rebecca Nalty, Contributor
Star Count 3.5/5
Format Trade
Page Count 144 pages
Publisher BOOM! Studios
Publish Date 2018-Nov-20
ISBN 9781684152148
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Issue February 2019
Category Sequential Art
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