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It's scary being the new dog. In this suspenseful new series, readers meet Sophie, a dog who can't remember what happened. She doesn't know how she ended up in this house. She doesn't recognize any of these other dogs. She knows something terrible happened but she just... can't... recall... Wait! Where's her lady? It's all coming back to her now, and it's enough to raise So It's scary being the new dog. In this suspenseful new series, readers meet Sophie, a dog who can't remember what happened. She doesn't know how she ended up in this house. She doesn't recognize any of these other dogs. She knows something terrible happened but she just... can't... recall... Wait! Where's her lady? It's all coming back to her now, and it's enough to raise Sophie's hackles. Now Sophie has to figure out where she is, what's happening and how she's going to survive this. They say there's no such thing as a bad dog, just bad owners. STRAY DOGS is a heartbreakingly adorable suspense thriller by My Little Pony comic artists TONY FLEECS and TRISH FORSTNER. It's Lady and the Tramp meets Silence of the Lambs. Collects STRAY DOGS #1-5


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It's scary being the new dog. In this suspenseful new series, readers meet Sophie, a dog who can't remember what happened. She doesn't know how she ended up in this house. She doesn't recognize any of these other dogs. She knows something terrible happened but she just... can't... recall... Wait! Where's her lady? It's all coming back to her now, and it's enough to raise So It's scary being the new dog. In this suspenseful new series, readers meet Sophie, a dog who can't remember what happened. She doesn't know how she ended up in this house. She doesn't recognize any of these other dogs. She knows something terrible happened but she just... can't... recall... Wait! Where's her lady? It's all coming back to her now, and it's enough to raise Sophie's hackles. Now Sophie has to figure out where she is, what's happening and how she's going to survive this. They say there's no such thing as a bad dog, just bad owners. STRAY DOGS is a heartbreakingly adorable suspense thriller by My Little Pony comic artists TONY FLEECS and TRISH FORSTNER. It's Lady and the Tramp meets Silence of the Lambs. Collects STRAY DOGS #1-5

30 review for Stray Dogs

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Sophie is the new dog in a house full of dogs, kept by a single owner. She doesn’t remember much about how she got there - until the scent of her former owner from an item of clothing triggers a memory. Her former owner was murdered and Sophie was stolen - is her new owner a serial killer? And if so, how can she and her fellow dogs escape and stop him from killing again? Stray Dogs is an excellent new title from writer Tony Fleecs and artist Trish Forstner. It’s basically Stephen King’s Misery b Sophie is the new dog in a house full of dogs, kept by a single owner. She doesn’t remember much about how she got there - until the scent of her former owner from an item of clothing triggers a memory. Her former owner was murdered and Sophie was stolen - is her new owner a serial killer? And if so, how can she and her fellow dogs escape and stop him from killing again? Stray Dogs is an excellent new title from writer Tony Fleecs and artist Trish Forstner. It’s basically Stephen King’s Misery but with dogs held hostage instead of an author! The story is well-paced with the surprises coming at a good rate so it’s never boring. The owner leaving the house leads to some really exciting and tense moments as the dogs take these opportunities to search the house, namely the room they’re not allowed into, as well as the dreaded punishment shed in the yard. And what’s buried in the crawl space under the porch… ? Fleecs also cleverly weaves in the real fact of dogs’ poor memory as a plot device to great effect. Like most cartoon dogs, they can talk to each other but can’t be understood by humans. And Fleecs really tugs at your heartstrings too with some of the characters like poor Victor, the dog with three legs, and his fate. I absolutely loved Earl’s character arc as well - I guarantee you’ll be weeping by the end of this one. Trish Forstner uses her talents from drawing My Little Pony over at IDW (Fleecs is also a writer on that comic) to good use here, drawing the comic in a beautiful style reminiscent of Don Bluth and classic 2D Disney animation (think 101 Dalmatians, Lady and the Tramp, etc.). It’s an interesting juxtaposition: the comic couldn’t look more family friendly but tells a very dark story. I only really have one criticism which is that the premise never develops. Sophie figures it out at the same time we do right at the start and that’s it, basically. No surprises follow that rapid conclusion and you can pretty much easily guess how it’ll broadly play out. Mostly though, Stray Dogs is fantastic. Fleecs and Forstner nailed it and I really enjoyed reading this comic. It’s fun, compelling, tragic, and, while the dogs in the book won’t remember their escapades, readers certainly will. Definitely one of the highlights of the year so far, Stray Dogs is highly recommended - and I’m glad to hear it got picked up for another run, coming soon.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    If Don Bluth ever made a horror movie, this would be it. A group of dogs think their owner may be a killer. I love the juxtaposition here from the creators behind the My Little Pony comic. The art looks like The Secret of NIMH or All Dogs Go to Heaven with a much darker theme. There's some gruesome stuff in here although it never gets gory. I really liked how dogs' short term memory plays into the plot. Any dog lover is going to love and at times be really saddened by this story. BTW, the altern If Don Bluth ever made a horror movie, this would be it. A group of dogs think their owner may be a killer. I love the juxtaposition here from the creators behind the My Little Pony comic. The art looks like The Secret of NIMH or All Dogs Go to Heaven with a much darker theme. There's some gruesome stuff in here although it never gets gory. I really liked how dogs' short term memory plays into the plot. Any dog lover is going to love and at times be really saddened by this story. BTW, the alternate covers are darkly delightful. I love all the homages to horror movie posters.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Peterhans

    Taking Disney-like art, and combining it with a taut thriller, this could've gone terribly wrong, cheaply going for the contrast between cartoon graphics with graphic violence - none of that! This combines the cute with the horrific with excellent skill. The book takes dogs' flighty long time memories and weaponises them to create an almost Memento-like thriller, and it stays relevant during the whole story. It even makes the ending a lovely a bittersweet affair. (Picked up a review copy through E Taking Disney-like art, and combining it with a taut thriller, this could've gone terribly wrong, cheaply going for the contrast between cartoon graphics with graphic violence - none of that! This combines the cute with the horrific with excellent skill. The book takes dogs' flighty long time memories and weaponises them to create an almost Memento-like thriller, and it stays relevant during the whole story. It even makes the ending a lovely a bittersweet affair. (Picked up a review copy through Edelweiss)

  4. 4 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Wow this was great! This little doggie Sophia gets introduced to a new home with SO many dogs. It seems like a fun experience for a new doggie to get a new home after being left behind. But soon Sophia stumbles on what REALLY happened to her after forgetting (like dogs normally do) and the use of dogs smelling sense to bring back memories makes for some shocking reveals. This is a lot of fun with excellent art work. It goes into a direction I never expected and I was hooked upon finishing the fi Wow this was great! This little doggie Sophia gets introduced to a new home with SO many dogs. It seems like a fun experience for a new doggie to get a new home after being left behind. But soon Sophia stumbles on what REALLY happened to her after forgetting (like dogs normally do) and the use of dogs smelling sense to bring back memories makes for some shocking reveals. This is a lot of fun with excellent art work. It goes into a direction I never expected and I was hooked upon finishing the first issue. I read this in one sitting in about 25 minutes and it was well worth it. Solid writing, excellent art, and great pacing. I don't even wanna give a hint of where this story goes but it's far more dark than I expected, check it out.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    Very much in the same style as a Don Bluth movie, but even more traumatic. It's always difficult for me to rate/review something that makes me cry because it's obviously not a great feeling, but this was a good little series. I'm just particularly sensitive to anything with animals. Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 Total review score: 3.05 Very much in the same style as a Don Bluth movie, but even more traumatic. It's always difficult for me to rate/review something that makes me cry because it's obviously not a great feeling, but this was a good little series. I'm just particularly sensitive to anything with animals. Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 Total review score: 3.05

  6. 4 out of 5

    Juho Pohjalainen

    The premise never quite grabbed me - I couldn't stop thinking that these dogs were rather too smart and too capable. I guess clever animals work for more cartoony Disney classics and other such, but in a grim tense horror story, the suspension of disbelief is breached so much easier. These are different genre conventions, that don't mesh together without some toothing problems. But it still had its moments. I got invested: my heart gripped in the right places, with the right emotions. I'm not sor The premise never quite grabbed me - I couldn't stop thinking that these dogs were rather too smart and too capable. I guess clever animals work for more cartoony Disney classics and other such, but in a grim tense horror story, the suspension of disbelief is breached so much easier. These are different genre conventions, that don't mesh together without some toothing problems. But it still had its moments. I got invested: my heart gripped in the right places, with the right emotions. I'm not sorry I read it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jake

    I never expected to see anything like this. A bunch of cutesy dogs and how a dog's memory really acts. Combine that with a serial killer and you get a really suspenseful thriller. The way dogs act, how they become loyal, and how their short-term memory affects them. It all feels so tragic and eye-catching that you can't look away. I never expected to see anything like this. A bunch of cutesy dogs and how a dog's memory really acts. Combine that with a serial killer and you get a really suspenseful thriller. The way dogs act, how they become loyal, and how their short-term memory affects them. It all feels so tragic and eye-catching that you can't look away.

  8. 5 out of 5

    James

    4.25 stars. Man what a ride. There is this small dog, Sophie, who goes to the vet for a shot. Next thing you, she wakes up at a new house around all these other dogs. She can’t remember anything. The other dogs give her the tour or the house. She is nervous and shaking so the “master” gives her a scarf. However, it’s her owners scarf and upon smelling it, she remembers……she was taken!!! Fleecs does a great job building up the suspense and having me on the edge of my seat worrying about all these 4.25 stars. Man what a ride. There is this small dog, Sophie, who goes to the vet for a shot. Next thing you, she wakes up at a new house around all these other dogs. She can’t remember anything. The other dogs give her the tour or the house. She is nervous and shaking so the “master” gives her a scarf. However, it’s her owners scarf and upon smelling it, she remembers……she was taken!!! Fleecs does a great job building up the suspense and having me on the edge of my seat worrying about all these dogs. The artwork was amazing and the story just flowed effortlessly. I could see this being a Pixar movie. Highly recommended.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Stray Dogs begins when a new dog arrives at a group home for strays. Her arrival sends the entire group into upheaval, as they start to realise that the master they've been so loyal to may not be as angelic as they first thought. Stray Dogs is heartbreaking, exciting, and never predictable. The storytelling from the animals' perspective is very well done, and it plays into their differences to humans (like how their memories work) to really keep the story moving. It's hard to say too much without Stray Dogs begins when a new dog arrives at a group home for strays. Her arrival sends the entire group into upheaval, as they start to realise that the master they've been so loyal to may not be as angelic as they first thought. Stray Dogs is heartbreaking, exciting, and never predictable. The storytelling from the animals' perspective is very well done, and it plays into their differences to humans (like how their memories work) to really keep the story moving. It's hard to say too much without spoiling it, but it's such a simple concept played out in such a clever way. The artwork really helps sell it too. It borders on cutesy, but that means when things take a turn and the adrenaline kicks in, the disparity between the art and the story hammers home just how wrong things are in this book. Give your furbaby a hug before, during, and after reading Stray Dogs - but make sure you read it, because it's well worth the emotional trauma.

  10. 4 out of 5

    stonecoldcomics

    Well this sure was creepy but I loved the innocent Disney style it had going for it and it made for a nice fast paced read and the ending played into its running theme really well

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    So Stray Dogs is a lighthearted thriller of sorts about a group of rescue dogs and when Sophie has doubts about her new owner, they have to investigate what’s going on. Really liked the art style in this book, I thought that the dogs looked like Disney characters which was nice and the story keeps you on your toes the whole way through. It was also interesting how the dogs don’t have much long term memory, they need to be reminded of things and it makes for a good dynamic for the mystery aspect o So Stray Dogs is a lighthearted thriller of sorts about a group of rescue dogs and when Sophie has doubts about her new owner, they have to investigate what’s going on. Really liked the art style in this book, I thought that the dogs looked like Disney characters which was nice and the story keeps you on your toes the whole way through. It was also interesting how the dogs don’t have much long term memory, they need to be reminded of things and it makes for a good dynamic for the mystery aspect of what’s going on. Overall I thought this was an enjoyable read, I don’t think this is a series but it would’ve been nice to see a series of this but I’ll take what I can get!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lukasz

    Stray Dogs , written by Tony Fleecs and illustrated by Trish Forstner, is about a pack of dogs locked in a house. They discover that their new master is a serial killer. They need to get out, but they don't know how. I mean, they can't just call the police or open the doors. I loved how this miniseries balanced levity with macabre. In Stray Dogs, dogs are just dogs, they've no greater understanding of the world or people and are easily distracted (by food or a stick to chew on). It's easy to fal Stray Dogs , written by Tony Fleecs and illustrated by Trish Forstner, is about a pack of dogs locked in a house. They discover that their new master is a serial killer. They need to get out, but they don't know how. I mean, they can't just call the police or open the doors. I loved how this miniseries balanced levity with macabre. In Stray Dogs, dogs are just dogs, they've no greater understanding of the world or people and are easily distracted (by food or a stick to chew on). It's easy to fall in love with them, which is precisely why the dark moments hit the reader so hard. Trish Forstner's art is cartoonish but expressive; she knows how to play with emotion - she'll have you laughing just to get you gutted a few panels later. In short, it's an excellent standalone graphic novel. Highly recommended. ARC through Edelweiss

  13. 4 out of 5

    Shadowdenizen

    4.5 stars. Originally read as single issues. One of the handful of standout comics series this year (along with "We Live", "Canto". E-Ratic, and a few others), this title will hit you like a ton of bricks! Imagine if Don Bluth had done "Silence of the Lambs" and you have a good approximation of this title. Though the cart is sweet and charming, this is definitely NOT a title for children!! 4.5 stars. Originally read as single issues. One of the handful of standout comics series this year (along with "We Live", "Canto". E-Ratic, and a few others), this title will hit you like a ton of bricks! Imagine if Don Bluth had done "Silence of the Lambs" and you have a good approximation of this title. Though the cart is sweet and charming, this is definitely NOT a title for children!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    David

    Loved the dogs. I knew this was a serial killer story and I passionately hate serial killer stories. Heroic dog stories are my thing. So, it wouldn't surprise you to hear I have mixed feelings about this one. Really detested a couple of plot turns. But the dogs are charming and I liked how the author used real-world dog memory science as a vital part of the plot. Charming and repellent in near equal measure. Loved the dogs. I knew this was a serial killer story and I passionately hate serial killer stories. Heroic dog stories are my thing. So, it wouldn't surprise you to hear I have mixed feelings about this one. Really detested a couple of plot turns. But the dogs are charming and I liked how the author used real-world dog memory science as a vital part of the plot. Charming and repellent in near equal measure.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    Well this has a deliciously compelling start, and no mistake. Mixed case lettering indicates us humans, regular upper case speech is the preserve of the dogs, for in this drama a wee pooch, scared of the jab, scared of free reign, is dumped in with a whole menagerie of other breeds of canine, but quite quickly is convinced the new master she must obey has murdered her human mummy. Is this true, is this the case with every other mutt in the house, and can anything be done when the dogs have a mem Well this has a deliciously compelling start, and no mistake. Mixed case lettering indicates us humans, regular upper case speech is the preserve of the dogs, for in this drama a wee pooch, scared of the jab, scared of free reign, is dumped in with a whole menagerie of other breeds of canine, but quite quickly is convinced the new master she must obey has murdered her human mummy. Is this true, is this the case with every other mutt in the house, and can anything be done when the dogs have a memory little better than that of a goldfish? Yes, for people who seldom care for the victim in crime stories, take a host of them, add in short term memory problems, and include the usual doggy loyalty to the human. There is every reason to care for these critters (even the less cute ones) with an immediacy and an easy 'in' to their world through us hearing their dialogue with each other. There's even something the dogs discover that until the last pages I didn't realise the truth of, so successfully was I put down at their level, and given their concerns and way of thinking. So it's a shame the book is rather a one-note one, the story able to prove its dark scenario but only to carry that through drama yes, but through no surprises or changes in tone towards its conclusion. That said, though, class wins out – this is a page-turner of a most memorable kind, and even the chapter titles, subverting the typical human-to-dog commands, show class. A well-executed dark drama, able to twist what should be our real concerns in favour of something else – four and a half stars.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Clint

    I love what a creative, chilling concept it is to combine an Oliver and Company illustration style with a serial killer plot from a pet POV. A group of rescue dogs slowly piece together their suspicions that their owner may not be the loving master they think he is, but their spotty short term memory as dogs means it’s a constant struggle to not revert to happy-go-lucky amnesiacs. I appreciate how the tone shifts smoothly between eerie dread, active terror, and the typical easygoing playfulness I love what a creative, chilling concept it is to combine an Oliver and Company illustration style with a serial killer plot from a pet POV. A group of rescue dogs slowly piece together their suspicions that their owner may not be the loving master they think he is, but their spotty short term memory as dogs means it’s a constant struggle to not revert to happy-go-lucky amnesiacs. I appreciate how the tone shifts smoothly between eerie dread, active terror, and the typical easygoing playfulness of a household pet. The drawing and coloring are simple but still mostly attractive, much like the less sophisticated looking kids movies it borrows the style of. I love the variant covers collected in the back pages that homage famous horror movie posters.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shaun Stanley

    Stray Dogs collects issues 1-5 of the Image series written by Tony Fleecs and art by Trish Forstner. Sophie is brought to a new rescue home and with no recollection how she got there. She meets the other dogs of the house who welcome her and give her the house rules. That night Sophie remembers what happened to her Lady... And she needs to get out now! I have been looking forward to this book since it was first announced. And the trade paperback is finally here! This was such a great book! Think Stray Dogs collects issues 1-5 of the Image series written by Tony Fleecs and art by Trish Forstner. Sophie is brought to a new rescue home and with no recollection how she got there. She meets the other dogs of the house who welcome her and give her the house rules. That night Sophie remembers what happened to her Lady... And she needs to get out now! I have been looking forward to this book since it was first announced. And the trade paperback is finally here! This was such a great book! Think Disney dogs meets Silence of the Lambs. The suspense in the book is built up perfectly with an extremely climatic ending. The book is a quick read but with a lot of potential to reread. The art is a fantastic compliment to the story. I was hoping for a hardback collector's edition, but the paperback is well made. It has nice thick pages and a huge cover gallery appendix.

  18. 5 out of 5

    ML Character

    Okay, this IS surprisingly good. I was nonplussed when D brought it home from the comic shop - anthropomorphic dogs? Um, no thx. But this is made great by the fact that the plot and narrative depend on dogs having dog traits that actually create the mystery (like- almost no medium term memory) so it's not the usual mere convention of making human characters hidden in a dog form, but actually playfully attempts to make characters who are clearly not human while translating language for a human to Okay, this IS surprisingly good. I was nonplussed when D brought it home from the comic shop - anthropomorphic dogs? Um, no thx. But this is made great by the fact that the plot and narrative depend on dogs having dog traits that actually create the mystery (like- almost no medium term memory) so it's not the usual mere convention of making human characters hidden in a dog form, but actually playfully attempts to make characters who are clearly not human while translating language for a human to read a trans-species story. And, yknow, it's a suspense story, so that's fun.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mike Jorgensen

    This book came HIGHLY recommended and didn't disappoint. Very fun little story that is a bit of a page-turner. It is short enough that it can be read in an hour. The artwork is deceptively child-friendly when in reality the book has profanity and violence. That juxtaposition summarizes the innocence of the protagonist with the horror of the situation. I won't give any spoilers, but I recommend this one and will be reading it again soon! This book came HIGHLY recommended and didn't disappoint. Very fun little story that is a bit of a page-turner. It is short enough that it can be read in an hour. The artwork is deceptively child-friendly when in reality the book has profanity and violence. That juxtaposition summarizes the innocence of the protagonist with the horror of the situation. I won't give any spoilers, but I recommend this one and will be reading it again soon!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Elyse

    Edelweiss ARC. This was wayyyy darker than I ever imagined it would be! Holy damn!! The artwork is great, I felt like I was reading an All Dogs Go to Heaven comic book or 101 Dalmations! It has a 90's Disney cartoon movie feel! But the storyline is not Disney. It's dark and sinister and terrifying! Edelweiss ARC. This was wayyyy darker than I ever imagined it would be! Holy damn!! The artwork is great, I felt like I was reading an All Dogs Go to Heaven comic book or 101 Dalmations! It has a 90's Disney cartoon movie feel! But the storyline is not Disney. It's dark and sinister and terrifying!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Håvard

    Short, one-and-done, serial killer thriller story, as seen through the eyes of dogs, drawn in the style of 90s Disney - unique! The concept delivers pretty well, but the story itself is not particularly original beyond that, and you can see clearly where it's headed from the first chapters. Still, I liked it enough as a novelty. Would recommend as a quick, interesting read! Short, one-and-done, serial killer thriller story, as seen through the eyes of dogs, drawn in the style of 90s Disney - unique! The concept delivers pretty well, but the story itself is not particularly original beyond that, and you can see clearly where it's headed from the first chapters. Still, I liked it enough as a novelty. Would recommend as a quick, interesting read!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lorenzo

    This comic is brutal. But in all its darkness, the resolution in the last comic made it all the sweeter. They're good dogs. This comic is brutal. But in all its darkness, the resolution in the last comic made it all the sweeter. They're good dogs.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Travis Chesser

    Jesus Christ

  24. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    It's impossible to make a comic about animals being in peril without being compared to WE3, let's be honest. So, with that in mind, how does Stray Dogs measure up? Pretty damn well. It has a genius art style - Disney-like cuteness juxtaposed with the horrible things that happen. It has a good hook - a newly adopted dog realizes that something is off with her owner and finds out some bad, bad things. And it mostly lands the story beats with genuinely shocking moments and a good conclusion. Howeve It's impossible to make a comic about animals being in peril without being compared to WE3, let's be honest. So, with that in mind, how does Stray Dogs measure up? Pretty damn well. It has a genius art style - Disney-like cuteness juxtaposed with the horrible things that happen. It has a good hook - a newly adopted dog realizes that something is off with her owner and finds out some bad, bad things. And it mostly lands the story beats with genuinely shocking moments and a good conclusion. However, it lacks the emotional punch because, despite the 5-issue "runtime", the series doesn't really develop the dogs beyond their connection to the owners. Also, put another penny in the "Series that don't need a sequel but will get a sequel" jar. Although, forgive my hypocrisy, I'm kinda excited in this case.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    Don Bluth-style dogs attempt to investigate and thwart a serial killer, hampered by dogs apparently not having the best short-term memory (which seems at once a charitable and condescending interpretation of their frequent insistence that they definitely haven't been fed/walked/paid any attention forever, and certainly not in the past hour). I'm not quite sure it carries off the yoking together of talking animals and intermittent realism as well as a series like Beasts Of Burden, but the dogs ar Don Bluth-style dogs attempt to investigate and thwart a serial killer, hampered by dogs apparently not having the best short-term memory (which seems at once a charitable and condescending interpretation of their frequent insistence that they definitely haven't been fed/walked/paid any attention forever, and certainly not in the past hour). I'm not quite sure it carries off the yoking together of talking animals and intermittent realism as well as a series like Beasts Of Burden, but the dogs are still very cute. Although equally, that makes it far more traumatic when bad things happen to any of them, so approach with caution. (Edelweiss ARC)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gretchen

    Sophie is brought to live in a house with other dogs. She can't remember anything from her past until being wrapped in a scarf brings back some memories. She remembers that the man who lives in this house killed her lady, but she has a hard time convincing the other dogs that their master could be a killer. Slowly, other dogs start to remember that the man killed their ladies. Gruesome discoveries are made and the dogs must run for their lives. Sophie is brought to live in a house with other dogs. She can't remember anything from her past until being wrapped in a scarf brings back some memories. She remembers that the man who lives in this house killed her lady, but she has a hard time convincing the other dogs that their master could be a killer. Slowly, other dogs start to remember that the man killed their ladies. Gruesome discoveries are made and the dogs must run for their lives.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bexa

    Well if this isn't just an absolute terrorizing, panic inducing, mess of a novel that is very good and gruesome and should not be read by anyone who is sensitive to violence against animals. Copy provided by publisher. Well if this isn't just an absolute terrorizing, panic inducing, mess of a novel that is very good and gruesome and should not be read by anyone who is sensitive to violence against animals. Copy provided by publisher.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Peter Harrison

    Disney meets Alfred Hitchcock, probably one of the best new comics I’ve read this year.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Fizzgig76

    Reprints Stray Dogs #1-5 (February 2021-June 2021). Sophie is a little dog who finds herself in a new home and surrounded by other dogs. Sophie senses something is wrong. She feels she had another lady before her new master and no one seems to believe her. When Sophie uncovers the truth, she must convince the other dogs that their master isn’t what he seems…before it is too late. Written by Tony Fleecs, Stray Dogs is an Image Comics limited series. Featuring art by Trish Forstner, the comic was r Reprints Stray Dogs #1-5 (February 2021-June 2021). Sophie is a little dog who finds herself in a new home and surrounded by other dogs. Sophie senses something is wrong. She feels she had another lady before her new master and no one seems to believe her. When Sophie uncovers the truth, she must convince the other dogs that their master isn’t what he seems…before it is too late. Written by Tony Fleecs, Stray Dogs is an Image Comics limited series. Featuring art by Trish Forstner, the comic was released to positive reviews. I am not generally a covers guy, but sometimes you see covers that you just fall in love with. Stray Dogs released multiple versions of each issue and paid honor to famous horror movie posters. While some posters were obvious choices, the comic also dove a bit deeper…and like the covers, Stray Dogs is more than it seems. The comic takes its visual cues from Disney movies like Lady and the Tramp and Oliver & Company with a hearty dose of Don Bluth’s All Dogs Go to Heaven (with ironically some of the same dark tones of that movie). The shiny and happy art lights up each page and creates characters that every kid could love from the spunky Sophia, the loyal Earl, the disabled Victor, and the heroic dog Rusty…but you don’t want a kid reading Stray Dogs. The fluffy animated art of the story is a contrast to a story of dark, dark nature. You have serial killer murdering pet owners, co-opting their pets, and turning on the pets if they show a hint of ingratitude. It is quite ruthless at times and the art and nature of the comic make it even crueler when the characters get cut down. The story also dives into the fleeting nature of pets. While a pet can remember some things long term (reunions between animals and their owners after years demonstrate that), pets often adapt. They would probably accept a person that killed their owner if the person treated them kindly. It is in dog’s nature to “forgive” but in this case that means forgetting. It isn’t their fault, but it is a reminder that sometimes we put too much loyalty onto pets that they can’t possibly live up to. Stray Dogs is a fun ride and a quick read. The series is a short five issues and reads even faster than most. You can finish the series in a quick sitting. Fans of horror and fans of Disney (even if it was only a childhood fans) should seek out Stray Dogs. You might not look at your dog the same.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Leor D.

    I came here with not a lot of information, just that a serial killer was keeping their dogs; I was intrigued enough to check it out. It was very interesting, you keep wondering how we ended her and how we will manage if dogs keep forgetting this, but the plot is (with little details) believable and compelling enough that you will probably read this in one sitting. There are some details I disliked, but they are spoilers so I will put those there. (view spoiler)[I understand that the memory situa I came here with not a lot of information, just that a serial killer was keeping their dogs; I was intrigued enough to check it out. It was very interesting, you keep wondering how we ended her and how we will manage if dogs keep forgetting this, but the plot is (with little details) believable and compelling enough that you will probably read this in one sitting. There are some details I disliked, but they are spoilers so I will put those there. (view spoiler)[I understand that the memory situation is the gimmick that makes the story possible in the first place, after all without that the dogs would know from the beginning their owners were killed, and that the master was killing others as well. But the moment that Sophie forgot about her owner but Rusty didn't feel really odd. (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[I mean, how come Rusty remembers but Sophie don't? They had both experienced the same amount of time after all. Perhaps some species forget easier than others (after all there is a recurring gag of someone remember a toy/stick, and the other dog don't knowing what they are talking about) but this is never said or adressed, so is more me making theories than other thing. (hide spoiler)] There are other details, but I feel those are mostly nitpicking, really recommend this read!

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