Book Title: Blacktooth Battalion: Dogpile
Book Description: This is the first in a 3 book story that is part of the book Blacktooth Battalion. Centered around a main character named DaQuan Rake and the dogs that live with him, as they try to make the city they live in a better place.
Rating if the Book Were a Movie: PG
Writer: Omari Malik
Letters: DC Hopkins
Cover: Ronaldo Barata
Publisher: Blacktooth Publishing
Interior Artwork: 3.4
Cover Artwork: 3.4
This story centers on a man who has returned home to try and make a difference and he brings his dogs back home with him, and while everyone talks to their dogs, he evidently has conversations with his dogs as they have the ability to talk. The beginning of the story talks about the main character DaQuan suffering a tragic accident and eventually finds the powers in himself, and then returns home with his dogs to make a difference in his hometown.
I find the story has potential, and while it hints at the accident, it never goes into it. The other thing that I have a little trouble with, is that the main character and the dogs that live with him, have powers. Were they part of the accident? Were they all born this way? Plus he seems to be the only person on the planet that seems to have abilities.
While the main character has to deal with very real current social issues that surround him, I find that the fact that he and his animal companions have powers is a little far reaching. Maybe in future stories more of his accident and how he and the dogs got their abilities will come to light and give more background to the circumstances.
The cover art is well done, highlighting the fact that the main character and his animal companions are trying to make a difference, but the cover itself is not really eye catching enough to make you grab the book and think, I need to read this. Unless you take the title of Dogpile, and think it means something more friendly than the story portrays.
The interior art is also well done, though maybe not as refined as the cover, but it also has more to convey as the story continues. I like how the interior art also shows what the character is going through as he goes through his day and meets the various people in his life. It relates enough feeling and emotion that if the story grabs you, then the artwork highlights the story perfectly.
Dogpile has a good story base and good artwork to match. I think it has a lot of room for potential, but also leaves a lot riding on the backstory as well as the story going forward. If you like the premise that this story has established then this could very well become something that you will gravitate through and continue reading.
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