Analogue Inprint – Beasts of Burden

by julianwiddows on May 17, 2011

The resident advisors down at Nostalgia & Comics in Birmingham recently pushed me towards one of the more unusual graphics I’ve read in a while, Beasts of Burden by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson.  If you don’t like dogs or comics with an occult bent, frankly you should bail now.  Cat lovers might just about brush through – only just – as largely this is a rather nice series covering the bloody escapades of domestic pooches who investigate occult happenings on their patch.  Trying to find an ‘it’s like this meets that’ analogy is a challenge – ‘Lassie meets Buffy’ is about the best I can manage.  In other words, mercifully  not like Haichi: A Dog’s Tale.  And out of modest expectations emerged one of the more unusual yet accessible reads I’ve had in a long-time.  The art is gorgeous, the canine personalities explored in a sensitive but never indulgent way, and always with the sense that there’s a lot more to come from the characters.  In short, highly recommended, and out in hardcover trade for those of us who like such things.

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