Beasts of Burden #1
Paranormal investigative books are a dime a dozen these days, I blame Mike Mignola. So if one is to bring a new one to the table, it better be something special.
Dorkin and Thompson do just that. By taking a group of familiar housepets (mostly dogs) and putting them in the supernatural investigation business, having demonic frogs fly from the sky, and rumors of a society in the background, they may have found a new way to tell those same tales.
On its surface, Beasts of Burden isn't any different from Hellboy or Proof or any of those. Here we have the formation of the team and some solid dialogue and story progression. If it were that with plain people, it might has well be Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft. Instead, we have the doggies and the kitties. It would stink of syrupy saccherine if not for the dark edge of the story - while still maintaining a family friendly vibe.
Remarkably though, it is the way Thompson draws the book that makes it stand out. Instead of going the anthropomorphic route, she wisely draws beautiful dogs and cats and livens them up with water colors. If not for people eating frogs, this could be a classics illustrated version of The Incredible Journey.
In fact, it has that heart warming vibe to it, despite its tale of a town with a Buffy like nexus.
I am sure that dog lovers will like the book even more as the often playful nature of puppies literally jumps off the page.
While the story is just solid, the art is nothing short of spectacular and combined their is something special in the coming here.
Story - 7
Art - 10
Overall - 8.5
Pull list: Afterlife with Archie, Bodies, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Coffin Hill, Dead Boy Detectives, The Fade Out, The Goon, Harley Quinn, Hinterkind, Iron Fist: The Living Weapon,The Maxx Maximized, Miracleman, Ms. Marvel, Multiversity, Rasputin, Rocket Raccoon, Sandman: Overture, Silver Surfer, The Walking Dead, Wonder Woman