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:
My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Season 10 Vol. 1
(W) Jeremy Whitley, Mary Kenney (A) Andy Price, Trish Forstner (CA) Brenda Hickey In Shops: Jun 02, 2021 SRP: $17.99
Season 10 of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic begins here! Explore new worlds and go on new adventures with your favorite fillies in these graphic novels that continue the beloved animated series.
Twilight’s first act as ruler of Equestria is to recruit her friends to explore mysterious-and potentially dangerous-areas of the land. She sends Applejack, Zecora, Rockhoof, and Tempest to Zecora’s home country where they learn exciting, surprising information about her. But sometimes friendship can be hard work, and that’s what Zecora is discovering as she reunites with Marini, Dust Devil, Cactus Rose, Medley Brook, and Crystal. Plus, an adventure to find the home of the mysterious Grootslang! Collects issues #89-93 of the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic series.
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!
The previous issue of Stray Dogs had me guessing as to whether “Master” was really a killer or the dogs’ memory made it seem that way. Stray Dogs #4 gives a pretty definitive answer as the house of horrors is revealed. I’m not sure how you can explain away what’s revealed.
In the previous issue, Victor tried to call for help and Earl ratted him out to Master. Victor was then taken out behind the shed where we were left with a “bang”. Stray Dogs #4 picks up on that as panic sets in and the dogs attempt to figure out what happened to Victor. The revelations are a spiral of gross and sickening as the issue just builds and builds until its final moment.
This is house of horrors level of crazy and it’s been impressive that writer Tony Fleecs has kept readers guessing up to this point. But, with all that’s shown in this issue, it’s hard to dismiss any of it. This is a level of crazy that just builds and builds with one horrible thing leading to the next in a series of shocking revelations. Fleecs masterfully builds it all up using the dogs’ reactions to drive home to escalation. He also brilliantly sows dissension among the dogs. Sophie and Rusty attempt to make their case with Earl not wanting to accept the truth.
And that’s part of the brilliance of the issue. We’re not quite sure what is the truth until this issue. You can understand Earl’s reluctance to accept reality. He’s been treated well from what he remembers. But as things build, the panic that sets in is felt and reverberates from the page. It’s everything that works for horror stories in a cute package.
That “package” is delivered through the art of Trish Forstner. With color by Brad Simpson, layouts by Tone Rodriguez, and flatter Lauren Perry, the art continues to be beautiful. The style is classic animation with the dogs being their adorable self. What’s amazing is that mix of tones with this “cute” art juxtaposed with the very horror driven plot. The revelations keep the style but add a sense of terror. The mix is interesting and works really well.
Stray Dogs #4 is a fantastic issue that lays the cards on the table. You find yourself yelling “get out of the house” much like you would a horror film. The build up of revelations is perfectly executed delivering a punch in that last page. This is the issue where the truth is clear and will make you want to see what happens next immediately.
Story: Tony Fleecs Art: Trish Forstner Color: Brad Simpson Layouts: Tone Rodriguez Flatters: Lauren Perry Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy
Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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.
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
Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
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.
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
Image Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
Image Comics will participate in Free Comic Book Day 2021—Saturday, August 14—again this year with two special offerings—Lady Mechanika by Joe Benitez and Stray Dogs by Tony Fleecs and Trish Forstner.
New readers interested in testing out the long-running, bestselling steampunk action of Lady Mechanika won’t be disappointed by this action-packed freebie issue. In it, readers follow a young woman during the Victorian Era who is desperately in search of the secrets to her past—a past that left her with extraordinary, but unnatural, mechanical limbs.
The FCBD 2021 edition of Lady Mechanika will include the stand-alone short story “The Demon of Satan’s Alley,” which first introduced Lady Mechanika and her steampunk world (Lady Mechanika #0)—plus a preview of “The Monster of the Ministry of Hell-th,” the newest story by series creator Joe Benitez which will debut this year at Image Comics.
New readers who haven’t yet discovered the Silence of the Lambs meets Lady and the Tramp murder mystery romp that is Stray Dogs will enjoy entering this Don Bluth animation inspired world.
Here 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? This FCBD edition 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.
Contact your local FCBD participating comic shop to learn more about these exciting freebies and more and don’t miss out on the opportunity to participate in FCBD 2021!