Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Must Read of the Week!
Beasts of Burden #1 by Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson
Originally Beasts of Burden was a short story in the yearly Dark Horse series of Halloween graphic novel anthologies: The Dark Horse Book of Hauntings, The Dark Horse Book of Witchcraft, The Dark Horse Book of the Dead, and The Dark Horse Book of Monsters. Dorkin and Thompson won an Eisner for "best short story" too. Loved the original, and the new #1 is just as fun and engaging as I remember the original being. I would recommend this for all ages. Thompson's beautiful watercolors are always enthralling for adults and kids alike, and Beasts of Burden spotlights Dorkin's keen eye for dialogue that you may not pick up on when reading his classic Milk and Cheese strips. A+ all the way. I am SO glad they were able to bring us this all new 4 issue fully painted mini-series.
Here is the description of the book taken from Previews Magazine:
When supernatural occurrences sweep the community of Burden Hill, it's up to a heroic gang of cats and dogs to keep residents safe from harm. A bizarre disturbance leads these four-legged neighbors on a wild-goose chase into the depths of the nearby forest, where loyalties are tested and lives come to an abrupt end. Adventure, mystery, horror and humor thrive on every page of Beasts of Burden-a comic-book series that will capture readers' hearts and haunt their dreams.
So, you can see why I recommend it so! It's about a gutsy gang of cats and dogs that end up being paranormal investigators of the first order. Animal lovers take note, you WILL want to read this book, and pass it on to others! A perfect tale for the Halloween season just around the corner.
I give this one four out of jack-o-lanterns! Thanks Evan and Jill for making a comic that has this jaded comic book gal as excited as a little girl. I want my Beasts of Burden t-shirts NOW please! Come to think of it, why don't we see more t-shirts and hoodies showcasing Jill's beautiful artwork? Seems like a natural marketing idea imo. (yeah, yeah, they haven't even hinted at anything like that, but a gal can dream....) Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Beasts of Burden #1 when you head into your local A/F this week, this book will make you smile in spite of yourself.