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REVIEW: Stray Dogs: Dog Days #1

Book Title: Stray Dogs: Dog Days #1

Book Description: In early 2021 the creative team of Tony Fleecs and Trish Forstner gave us one of the biggest new titles of the year with Stray Dogs. Forstner’s artwork in this amazing title pulled the reader in like they were watching Lady and the Tramp… while Fleecs’s writing gave us a feeling of suspense like we were watching Silence of the Lambs.

The heroine of the story is a dog named Sophie. She’s been taken from her home and now lives with many other dogs in the Master’s home. As we come to find out during the series, the Master is a serial killer that takes his victim’s pets as trophies.

In Stray Dogs: Dog Days #1, we get a series of shorts about some of the dogs that didn’t get as much focus in the original title. We spend time with Killer, Gucci, Aldo, Other Henry, Imogene, and Roxanne. With each short story, we get a glimpse of what life was like before the Master’s house and some hints as to how the Master found them and their original owners.

Book Author: Tony Fleecs and Trish Forstner

Book Format: Paperback

Publisher - Orgnization: Image Comics

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Illustrator: Trish Forstner

  • Story
    (3.8)
  • Interior Art
    (3.5)
  • Cover Art
    (3.2)
  • Dialogue
    (3.4)
  • Mechanics
    (3.4)
  • Editing
    (3.5)
3.5

Summary

Stray Dogs: Dog Days was among the most anticipated new titles for animal lovers across the nation. All of the fans of the original series had their personal favorite of all the dogs in the Master’s house. This is a terrific opportunity to get more depth on your favorite character!

I liked how the cover was done to look like a crime scene. Other Henry. Is a great choice to have in the picture frame. I had a dog with similar luck to his once. No matter what she did at my parents’ place she was in the wrong place at the right time.

Even with the stories being shorter the interior artwork still has a magical ability to make the reader fall into the story. I especially liked the panel where Roxanne got a hold of the hose at the grooming place. “Get a malamute,” they said. “It will be fun,” they said.

As a geek on a budget I would highly recommend Stray Dogs: Dog Days #1 to anyone that read and enjoyed the original series. Anyone that hasn’t read Stray Dogs is going to find themselves somewhat lost.

On a personal note, Stray Dogs: Dog Days #1 has one of the best panels I will ever see in a comic book in it. Stray Dogs had a couple pages of photographs of dogs that belonged to staff and fans in the back of their issues. I submitted a photo of our girls last spring.

The photo I submitted didn’t make it into the books in the original series. Over the summer my dog passed away. I’d forgotten about the photo until I saw it while reading the issue. It was bittersweet getting a reminder out of the blue that Caitlin was gone. The upside is that now the whole world can see what a good girl she was.

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I grew up loving all things geek. I started reading and collecting comics when I was 8. My personal collection has roughly 8,000 books in it. When I’m not doing something geek-related I love spending time with my amazing wife and kids, gaming, and working on cross stitch projects.

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