Beasts of Burden #1 (of 4)
Kerny, thanks for giving this book a shot this week!
For me, Evan Dorkin, Jill Thompson, dogs, and weird horror are a crazy mixture but they're all right up my alley, so it's hard for this book to go wrong--and not much does. First off, thanks Dark Horse for putting out such a slick comic for the $2.99 price point. This book looks fantastic, it really showcases Jill's artwork and is designed nearly perfectly, so a tip o' the hat to designer Tina Alessi as well.
Even though most of these characters were used before, I thought Evan did a great job giving some backstory here and there without a lot of captions to spoil the art. Plus, on the inside front cover it says "Read the earliest BEASTS stories here" and gives the web address, so it's easy to get caught up even before reading this issue, which was cool.
I liked the old-fashioned Letters pages too, and the Horsepower! page on the inside back cover made me sort of excited for the Dark Horse Originals line of books. I've been really pleased with Dark Horse in general lately. Their first Creepy issue showed their heart is in the right place.
Jill Thompson won an Eisner for the first Beasts story, and I can see why. Her watercolor washes are beautiful, and she captures the kinetic energy of the dogs and cats perfectly. That's really tricky, but she does it and the dogs' facial expressions brilliantly.
I thought it was such a pleasure to read this book, a new world to explore by a favorite writer and pages you could really spend some time looking at.