Breakout hit series Stray Dogsby Tony Fleecs and Trish Forstner is back with a new spinoff, Dog Days. This upcoming two issue miniseries will launch in December from Image Comics.
A series of vicious short stories howling straight out of the pages of Stray Dogs, 2021’s surprise cartoon/horror smash hit! In Dog Days, each stray will get their moment to shine—questions will be answered, mysteries will be solved, and old wounds will be torn open. Starting this December… every dog has its day.
Stray Dogs: Dog Days #1Cover A (Diamond Code OCT210051) and Stray Dogs: Dog Days #1 Cover B Horror movie homage variant (Diamond Code OCT210052) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, December 29.
We’ve seen crossovers from publishers when it comes to comics but have we seen one that’s just variant covers Dynamite has revealed that artists Tony Fleecs and Trish Forstner will create a trio of exciting covers matching Dynamite’s biggest characters with dogs! The covers will be found on Red Sonja #2, Army of Darkness: 1979 #2, and Vampirella #25. The dogs are a riff on the duo’s popular series Stray Dogs published through Image Comics.
Stray Dogs has been a huge hit, with the first issue going up to a whopping five printings to meet demand from retailers and a rabid fanbase. Now they’re bringing that energy to Dynamite’s hits.
Part of the fun of Stray Dogs has been many of the variants paying homage to classic horror films, as it bills itself as a unique take on Lady and the Tramp meets Silence of the Lambs. Or the alternate comparison of The Secret Life of Pets meets Seven, as coined by Brian Michael Bendis. That inventive crossover style and Fleecs’ and Forstner’s beloved artistic portrayal of man’s best friend lead to a left field, but brilliant idea.
Stray Dogs meets the Dynamite Universe in an exciting totally unofficial crossover!
Rushing back to press to meet demand, Red Sonja #1 Second Printing (Diamond code: JUL218026) will feature on Final Order Cutoff the weekend of September 13. Right alongside the second issue’s final orders, then the two will conveniently release together October 6.
Due to the tight timeline and limited paper available, the second print will not have a new cover, and is limited to 2,000 copies. However, the new printing features a cool blue logo treatment to differentiate it from the first printing. This rewards fans for being early adopters, as well as makes it a fun variant for new readers and collectors to add to their run.
Retailers and fans will be excited to learn that Red Sonja #2 also features some exciting variants available this weekend at FOC. Two new covers have been added, and are fully “open order” for retailers, requiring no order thresholds. Logo-free “virgin” editions and more are available as incentives.
Captivating cartoonist Tony Fleecs lends a hand for a Red Sonja cover like no other. Singaporean superstar Lesley “Leirix” Li also turns in another stunner, quickly becoming a Dynamite fan-favorite.
The second issue by writers Mirka Andolfo and Luca Blengino, artist Giuseppe Cafaro, colorist Chiara Di Francia, and letterer Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou ramps up the “Mother” arc Sonja injured and relying more on her new companion Sitha – first appearing in issue #1. As their bond grows and they learn more about each other’s pasts, their journey becomes all the more dangerous.
Red Sonja #1 Second Printing and Red Sonja #2 are both on FOC September 13 for an in stores release of October 6. Retailers and readers can place their final orders for these books and all their exciting covers.
My Little Pony/Transformers: The Magic of Cybertron #4 (of 4)
(W) James Asmus, Ian Flynn (A) Casey Coller, Jack Lawrence (CA) Tony Fleecs In Shops: Jul 21, 2021 SRP: $3.99
Spike and Grimlock return! When the Dinobots are attacked by Sombra’s minions, can Grimlock’s little purple buddy save every creature? And don’t miss the epic conclusion to the hit crossover series! Is friendship really magic? Can Transformers and ponies really work together? And how in the world are they going to stop Sombra?!
Image Comics has announced that every issue of the wildly popular Stray Dogs by Tony Fleecs and Trish Forstner will be rushed back to print—for the final time—to alleviate the untamed reorder activity on the series.
In this suspenseful miniseries, readers meet Sophie, a dog who can’t remember what happened. She doesn’t know how she ended up in this house. She doesn’t recognize any of these other dogs. She knows something terrible happened, but she just…can’t…recall…Wait! Where’s her lady? Now Sophie has to figure out where she is, what’s happening, and how she’s going to survive this. They say there’s no such thing as a bad dog—just bad owners.
Stray Dogs is a five-issue, Don Bluth-style mystery/horror miniseries best described as Lady and the Tramp meets Silence of the Lambs.
The Stray Dogs #1-5 final reprints will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, August 4:
Stray Dogs #1 fifth printing, Cover A – MAY219398
Stray Dogs #1 fifth printing, Cover B blank – MAY219399
Stray Dogs #2 fourth printing – MAY219400
Stray Dogs #3 fourth printing – MAY219401
Stray Dogs #4 fourth printing – MAY219402
Stray Dogs #5 second printing, Cover A – MAY219403
Stray Dogs #5 second printing, Cover B 1:10 copy incentive – MAY219404
I love how Stray Dogs #5 wraps up the comic series but at the same time, I’m not sure I love the issue as a whole. It’s an issue that’s full of action, tense moments, and sadness. But, it also feels a bit “short” and too much of a quick read. The contents of Stray Dogs #5 feels like it’d have been fine in an extended fourth issue than merits an issue on its own. But, it also means the series will likely be a fantastic read once it’s collected.
With a story by Tony Fleecs, the dogs know the truth and the Master is clearly a murderer. They need to escape or they’ll likely meet a deadly fate as well. This means they have two options to fight and to flee. What Fleecs does with this issue is fantastic. It’d be so easy to turn this final issue into a “Home Alone” like battle with the dogs tripping master or setting up obstacles so they can get away. Instead, Fleecs keeps it all grounded. They run and they fight. No tricks, only panicked attempts to escape. It also delivers a sadness to it all in the fact that they’re dogs. They’re boxed in by fast moving cars they don’t know what to do with and have to face a world they don’t know at all.
A lot of that emotion is delivered in the art by Trish Forstner with colors by Brad Simpson. Featuring layouts by Tone Rodriguez and Chris Burnham and work by flatter Lauren Perry, the art continues its amazing Don Bluth-like style. The look and colors creates a sweetness about the dogs it’s hard to not feel bad for them. Their fear and panic ooze off the page. There’s also an interesting bit of reserved quality about the finale. It’d be easy to have gone over the top in the blood and gore. Instead, what’s shown is minimal emphasizing the aspect just enough to make it clear where things stand.
Stray Dogs #5 is a solid ending to the series. It wraps things up nicely with an emotional rollercoaster that at times tugs at heartstrings. But, the issue doesn’t quite stand on its own. It feels like returning to a film “after the break” and in ways is a little unsatisfying as a stand alone issue. Yes, it’s part of a single story but it’s a single story broken up in issues and in this case the issue itself feels a little thin. But, it works so well as part of the whole. If you haven’t read the single issues, it’s a story that sticks the landing and will be a collection that’s well worth picking up when released.
Story: Tony Fleecs Art: Trish Forstner Color: Brad Simpson Layouts: Tone Rodrigeuz, Chris Burnham Flatter: Lauren Perry Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
Fans are piling on to the popular thriller/mystery Stray Dogs by Tony Fleecs and Trish Forstner and every issue of the series so far has now sold out at the distributor level. Image is rushing all four issues back to print in order to keep up with demand. All four of the reprints will feature clever new homage art by Forstner that give nod to the iconic horror movie posters of Midsommar, The Evil Dead, The Thing, and Psycho.
New readers and series devotees alike will also enjoy a FCBD edition of Stray Dogs available on August 14, at participating comic shops. It will feature a brand new prologue, “That Doggie in the Window”—the unnerving story of the very first dog to ever come to the Master’s house.
The Stray Dogs series is a five-issue Don Bluth-style suspense thriller that is best described as Lady and the Tramp meets Silence of the Lambs.
In Stray Dogs, Sophie can’t remember what happened. She doesn’t know how she ended up in this house. She doesn’t recognize any of these other dogs. She knows something terrible happened, but she just…can’t…recall…WAIT! Where’s her lady?
Available at comic book shops on Wednesday, July 7:
Stray Dogs #4by Tony Fleecs and Trish Forstner—which just landed in stores last week—as well as Stray Dogs #1, have sold out completely at the distributor level. Image will fast-track both issues for reprints in order to keep up with overwhelming demand for the much talked about series.
In Stray Dogs #4, time is running out. Hackles are raised, tensions are high, and nobody’s had a thing to eat. When the Master’s away, the dogs will drag everything awful into the light. And the awful truth is nobody’s coming to set them free.
Available at comic book shops on Wednesday, June 23:
Stray Dogs #5 Cover A – Diamond Code APR210337
Stray Dogs #5 Cover B Horror movie homage variant – Diamond Code APR210338
Stray Dogs #4, second printing – Diamond Code APR218875
Stray Dogs #1, third printing – Diamond Code APR218874
My Little Pony/Transformers: The Magic of Cybertron #2
(W) Sam Maggs, Ian Flynn (A) Priscilla Tramontano, Trish Forstner (CA) Tony Fleecs In Shops: May 26, 2021 SRP: $3.99
The Seekers and the Wonderbolts have formed an uneasy alliance-can Starscream and Rainbow Dash work together to stop the evil attacking Cybertron?! Plus, Applejack and Wildwheel come face-to-face in a wild, wild showdown for the ages!