(W) James Asmus, Sam Maggs (A) Jack Lawrence, Casey Coller (CA) Tony Fleecs In Shops: Apr 28, 2021 SRP: $3.99
While using a modified Space Bridge to bring magic to Cybertron, the Decepticons end up unleashing a more powerful evil from Equestria than they ever could’ve imagined-looks like the only way out of this one is to team up! More ponies, more bots, and more magical mayhem as two worlds collide in the return of this hit crossover event!
The shocking ending to last week’sStray Dogs #3by Tony Fleecs and Trish Forstner left fans stunned. A ripple effect of buzz surrounding the issue’s gut-wrenching revelation sent a flurry of tongues wagging and readers not yet caught up on the series made a beeline to stores to find out what happened. Stray Dogs #3 inventory has sold-out completely at the distributor level and Image Comics has fast-tracked a reprint in order to keep up with reorders.
This reprint of Stray Dogs #3 will feature new cover art by Forstner.
In Stray Dogs #3 readers discover that under the farmhouse, something rots. And some things just won’t stay buried. Stray Dogs is a five issue, Don Bluth-style mystery/horror miniseries best described as Lady and the Tramp meets Silence of the Lambs.
Stray Dogs #3, second printing (Diamond Code MAR218833) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, May 26.
This July, IDW invites readers of all ages to enjoy a centennial celebration with My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #100, the sensational super-sized anniversary issue full of frolicking fillies and mysterious menace!
The monumental 100th issue of Friendship is Magic features the work of longtime, fan-favorite contributors, writer Jeremy Whitley and artists Andy Price and Brenda Hickey, and includes a special back-up story by Katie Cook. Set officially within the Season 10 continuity following the series finale of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic animated series, the story will be a thrill for longtime fans while remaining accessible to new and returning readers.
In this landmark issue, Rainbow Dash and her companions Spitfire, Celaeno, Lyra, and Bon Bon find themselves in the Bird Kingdom, where old friendships are tested and a new, enigmatic enemy lurks in the shadows. Together, the ponies will unravel the mystery of the Knights of Harmony!
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #100 will be available with multiple cover variants for retailers and fans to enjoy, including Cover A by Andy Price, Cover B by Tony Fleecs, a Retailer Incentive edition featuring art by Agnes Garbowska, and a San Diego Comic-Con variant by Amy Mebberson available exclusively online timed with Comic-Con@Home.
There’s certain combinations out there that works well despite them being opposites. Stray Dogs feels like an example of that. The series delivers a style like Don Bluth that hides the dark interior. Stray Dogs #3 is another instance of that with an issue that has the dogs on edge as they’re convinced their new owner is also a serial killer.
Written by Tony Fleecs, the issue features debate and discovery as the dogs attempt to figure out what’s going on. As readers, it’s clear something isn’t right. The “owner” has a secret and what that is can still be debated. Is he a killer? Is there something more innocent and the dogs are misremembering? Fleecs keeps readers guessing as the dogs themselves struggle to remember what’s going on and what happened in their past.
We’re given some hints and the dogs come across another clue but all of it together can also point to something else going on. As a reader, I think the owner is a killer but at the same time, there’s other explanations as to what has been discovered. It’s easy to see why the dogs are coming to the conclusions they are and part of that is the innocence and cuteness of the art. There’s a combination of the visuals and the story that comes together in weird ways like that.
Those visuals are courtesy of Trish Forstner. They’re beautiful as always. The dogs are cute as can be but there’s a darkness about the comic. There’s a dread that exists. Part of that is helped with the color by Brad Simpson. The color is bright and doesn’t pop. It delivers a slightly darker tone to it all. Tone Rodriguez provides layouts and Lauren Perry is the flatter. The visuals are an interesting one in two instances of the comic (which I don’t want to spoil).
The dogs discover something that’s really head scratching. One thing is hinted at but it doesn’t quite make sense. Visually, it’s done really well hinting at what might be going on but, wouldn’t dogs be able to smell things? There’s also the final scene where there’s a fantastic choice to allow the reader’s imagination to fill in the blank. It’s far worse than anything can be drawn and adds a sense of horror about it all.
Stray Dogs #3 continues the cute dog meets murder mystery. It does so with tension and excitement that builds through the issue. It’s another fantastic entry that’ll keep readers guessing what’s true and what’s not and where things are going from here.
Story: Tony Fleecs Art: Trish Forstner Color: Brad Simpson Layouts: Tone Rodriguez Flatter: Lauren Perry Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
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(W) Jeremy Whitley (A/CA) Tony Fleecs In Shops: Apr 14, 2021 SRP: $3.99
Season 10 continues here!
Twilight Sparkle has sent our favorite fillies on a journey of outreach all over Equestria! But when Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Trixie, Discord, and Capper visit Abyssinia, their trip turns sour fast-they weren’t supposed to end up in jail! Good thing Capper’s old friends are pretty good cat burglars…
The breakout thriller series Stray Dogsby Tony Fleecs and Trish Forstner is ahead of the pack when it comes to fan enthusiasm and has sold out yet again at the distributor level. Image Comics will unleash a reprint of the second issue in order to keep up with the dogged customer demand.
In Stray Dogs #2 something doesn’t smell right. None of the dogs know what happens behind that door at the end of the hallway. All they know is there’s a punishment for sniffing around it. What secrets are hidden in the Master’s Forbidden Room?
Stray Dogs is a five-issue, Don Bluth-style mystery/horror miniseries best described as Lady and the Tramp meets Silence of the Lambs.
Stray Dogs #2, second printing (Diamond Code FEB219069) will be available at comic book shops on Wednesday, April 28.
My Little Pony/Transformers: Friendship in Disguise
(W) James Asmus, Ian Flynn, Sam Maggs (A) Jack Lawrence, Sara Pitre-Durocher, Casey W. Coller, Priscilla Tramontano (A/CA) Tony Fleecs In Shops: Mar 31, 2021 SRP: $15.99
Collecting the comic book crossover event of the year where Ponies, Autobots, and Decepticons mix it up together!
When Queen Chrysalis casts a spell looking for more changelings, she accidentally interferes with a malfunctioning Spacebridge! What’s this mean for our favorite fillies? There are suddenly a bunch of Autobots and Decepticons in Equestria! And as the dust settles, Rarity and Arcee find themselves teaming up against a hostile Decepticon force. Plus Spike and Grimlock; Pinkie Pie, Gauge, and Shockwave; Fluttershy, Discord, and Soundwave; Rainbow Dash and Windblade; and Optimus Prime and Twilight Sparkle all team up for more adventures because in the end, Pony and Autobots are both fighting for friendship.
The first issue of Stray Dogs was fantastic delivering a familiar mystery but in a way and from a perspective that’s so new and different. Stray Dogs #2 continues to build on the mystery of what happened to Sophie’s owner all in Don Bluth style visuals.
Written by Tony Fleecs, Stray Dogs #2 is an interesting comic that delivers fear and emotion in unexpected places. The readers can feel for Sophie who feels lost and at the same time something bad has happened. It’s an interesting story in that it’s a murder mystery from a dog’s perspective but it also delivers characters readers can connect to. Every dog has a very distinct personality but it’s Sophie and her new friend Rusty that stand out. Sophie is scared in an unknown place and wants to find out the truth. It also happens Sophie has a horrible memory. Rusty is her one real friend in the bunch and so far has shown a friendship so many long for.
But what Fleecs does that’s truly amazing is keeps the readers guessing. It’s not clear as to what has happened to Sophie’s former owner. Was she murdered? Is Sophie living with the murderer? Is there something else going on? Fleecs teases just enough to keep readers guessing. It also helps build the creep factor into it all.
That’s helped by the art of Trish Forstner. Along with color by Brad Simpson, layouts by Tone Rodriguez, and work by flatter Lauren Perry, the series looks like classic animation, a beautiful almost innocent style that belies the more sinister undertones. Looking at these cute dogs and their antics, you almost forget it’s possible they’re living with a serial killer. The art style disarms the readers in some ways. The art also helps drop Fleecs’ hints. You’re forced to linger on pages and panels looking for the clues as to what has happened.
Stray Dogs #2 is another solid issue that builds upon the mystery. It teases hints and answers but leaves readers guessing. It also builds a dread throughout that you’re not quite sure about. A fantastic series with a familiar concept but a whole new perspective.
Story: Tony Fleecs Art: Trish Forstner Color: Brad Simpson Layouts: Tone Rodriguez Flatters: Lauren Perry Logo/Design: Lauren Herda Pre-Press: Gabriela Downie Story: 8.25 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy
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