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"Stray Dogs #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Image Comics


Written by Tony Fleecs
Illustrated by Trish Forstner
Colored by Brad Simpson
2021, 34 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on February 24th, 2021


If you've ever watched a Disney movie and wanted more murder, then you are in for a treat. Stray Dogs takes the style of a classic animated film like Lady and the Tramp and adds in pure terror. The series follows a nervous little dog named Sophie as she arrives in a new home full of other canines that were left by their owners. Her memory is spotty, but she's suddenly hit by something scary connecting her new owner to all kinds of bloodshed.

Since it was announced, I was very curious about Stray Dogs. All of the imagery and promotional material I saw did not shade it as a horror book. Looks can be deceiving, as this is very much at home here. Artist Trish Forstner's style matches up well to the Disney aesthetic, which makes the murder scene so much more frightening. It comes out of nowhere and really shocks the system.

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You feel for Sophie right away. The poor little thing is terrified of everything. Even though the other dogs are welcoming and her new owner treats her well, she's still constantly on edge. She paints herself as the outcast, sitting away from the rest of the group and wallowing in her sorrow.

When we shift into Sophie's fragmented memories, the panel borders get hazy. It's a nice effect that differentiates these sequences from the rest of the book. The colors also go from the vibrant shades of your typical animated film to darker, more ominous tones. Colorist Brad Simpson drives home the seriousness of these images and how alarming they are with a tinge of red.

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That's not the only twist Stray Dogs has for us either. There's one more that complicates matters further and serves as a great cliffhanger for this first chapter. Writer Tony Fleecs takes us on an intriguing journey with this debut issue. Stray Dogs may catch your eye with its Disney-like style, but it will grab you with a riveting and shocking story that will keep you coming back for more.


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Overall: 4 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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