Review – Stray Dogs #2Comic Reviews 

Review – Stray Dogs #2

Review – Stray Dogs #2

Review – Stray Dogs #2

Writer: Tony Fleecs

Artist: Trish Forstner

Colourist: Brad Simpson

Publisher: Image Comics

Release Date: March 2021

Movie Poster Variant Covers: Trish Forstner, Tony Fleecs

Trade Paper Back due out September 2021

Classic Movie Homage Variant Covers: Trish Forstner, Tony Fleecs

Issue 2

Something doesn’t smell right! None of the dogs knows what happens behind that door at the end of the hallway. All they know is there’s a punishment for sniffing around it. What secrets are hidden in the Master’s Forbidden Room?

Writer: Tony Fleecs

Dogs struggle sometimes with their short term memory so Sophie can’t remember what she told Rex about her mistress. thankfully, Rex’s memory seems fine and he returns with the red scarf which again triggers her memory of the strangulation.

Master starts the day off feeding the dogs before taking Aldo out for a long walk. Sophie asks Rusty to help her search in his forbidden room and they find a room full of women’s clothes and boxes of photos. Master catches Rusty but Sophie manages to hide in the closet. She overhears master practising speaking to a woman about her dog but is almost discovered when she hits one of the boxes.

Thankfully, it’s Rusty to the rescue and he’s able to distract the master by smashing a lamp. But what horrors await him in the punishment room and who is the photo that Sophie took from the forbidden room?

Fleecs finds the pacing in this issue with a tale akin to watching Silence of the lambs from Precious the Poodles point of view. It does ask a serious question should dogs care about what happens outside their lives if they have a pretty good time eating, sleeping and running about? Is a prisoner really a prisoner if they don’t really know they are trapped?

Artist: Trish Forstner

First off, I must applaud the homage covers to some of the greatest movies ever, the Pet Cemetary pastiche, sometimes playing dead is better is genius and it makes great use of parody to get around copyright issues, I assume.

In the last issue I smiled at the Bluth style dog animation and it continues with each dog given a few panels to showcase their own personality and style. The cartoon style helps hide the deeper horror of a serial killer who keeps trophies of his kills, in this case, the trophies are the dogs.

Overall Thoughts

Rusty is the out and out star of the series, the brave hero willing to take the punishment as well as lead the group. This unique take on the serial killer genre is a breath of fresh air. The creative team of Forstner and Fleecs obviously enjoyed every panel they wrote and drew and it shows with the comfortable style on display through this series.

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