Stray Dogs #1
“Chapter 1: Good Girl”
Writer: Tony Fleecs
Artist: Trish Forstner
I was thumbing through the Previews edition a few months ago and I came across a new Image Comic called Stray Dogs. It was weird. A comic book about stray dogs? Who wants that? Then I read a quote from Brian Michael Bendis (which also appears on the back of the issue #1) that says, “My favorite thing about comics is when someone shows you something you didn’t know you needed. The Secret Life of Pets meets Seven? Yes, please! Welcome to STRAY DOGS. I was blown away!”
Now I do not love Brian Michael Bendis. He’s fine, but there are a bunch of writers that I prefer. There was just something about that description that tweaked my interest.
Now, Stray Dogs #1 has been released and it is even more than I expected.
The story follows a nervous little dog named Sophie, who has apparently been separated from her master and wound up with a group of other dogs in a house. Sophie could not remember anything that had happened and the other dogs were both welcoming and cliquey.
Then the story took a sinister turn and it was excellent. I am not sure how this is going to progress, but I am here to find out.
The art makes me think of old Disney animation such as Lady and the Tramp, 101 Dalmatians or All Dogs Go to Heaven. That is… until the tone of the book takes a distinctly dark turn, and the work of Trish Forstner reflects that. I mean, Forstner has been involved with IDW’s My Little Pony series and now has an opportunity to show what she can do.
Will this book go darker than it hints at? I have to say… I am anxious to see where it goes.