Review – Stray Dogs #5Comic Reviews 

Review – Stray Dogs #5

Review – Stray Dogs #5

Review – Stray Dogs #5

Writer: Tony Fleecs

Artist: Trish Forstner

Colourist: Brad Simpson

Publisher: Image Comics

Release Date: June 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

The Final Issue

Time’s up. No more sniffing around, no more barking, no more hiding. The dogs have to get out of this house. Now. But standing between them and freedom is their best friend…and their worst nightmare.

They say there’s no such thing as a bad dog, just bad owners.

Writer: Tony Fleecs

Earl is in trouble, Master has caught him snooping in the secret room and not only has he found the mounted heads of his fellow dogs, but his memory flashes back to when Master killed his Mistress. Now cornered and Master pointing the BANG at him Earl decided enough is enough.

Downstairs another BANG shocks the dogs and they realise neither Imogen nor Earl are with them. Upstairs Earl burst out of the room just as Master shoots behind him narrowly missing. As he shouts for the others to run Master comes round the corner and raises the barrel of the shotgun. His neck is gushing with blood when earl bit him but he’s still dangerous. As he aims at the dogs Imogene strikes him from behind, throwing him down the stairs but not before he manages to shoot her.

Earl realises there is no way out of the house and hurtles himself that the window, smashing through to the busy road in front of the house. Sophie won’t leave though as she’s worried about forgetting her mistress and runs upstairs past the unconscious Master to find her scarf.

The dogs are trapped by the busy road and Master is awake and coming for them, starting by shooting Roxanne in the hindquarters. Sophie stops Master from killing her by biting his legs. Earl meanwhile, makes the ultimate atonement for Victor by jumping headlong into the traffic causing a pile-up. As he dies, he tells the dogs he finally remembers his mistress. I’ll leave the last few pages as a surprise for you when you buy the book.

Fleecs wraps up all the plot threads and this unique mini-series in perfect style we have action, heroic activities, redemption, shock and quite a bit of sadness.

Artist: Trish Forstner

Forstner’s partnering with Fleecs and Simpson creates an amazingly paced and taught finale with the use of panelling and perspective used to help drive the story along. we finally get a good lock at Master and with all real monsters, he’s just an ordinary-looking man. But next time you walk your dog keep an eye out for ordinary monsters.

As a final thought, the artwork put into the movie homage posters was amazing. Each issue was a cheeky nudge to films from similar genres and it was really the icing on the cake.

Overall Thoughts

As we know from the movie All Dogs Go To Heaven and let’s hope that one day Forstner shows Earl, Victor and the other canine victims playing in their final reward. It’s a very satisfying conclusion and if you don’t put the comic down at the end and pat your own dog immediately perhaps you are as much of a monster as Master?

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