Published on April 8th, 2021 | by Tim Chuma

Beasts of Burden: Occupied Territory #1 (2021) Review

Beasts of Burden: Occupied Territory #1 (2021) Review Tim Chuma

Summary: An interesting fantasy/mystery story involving dogs but maybe not for younger readers with the violence.


Magic sheepdogs are go

A bunch of talking dogs are discussing an attack that happened off screen when they talk to their sort of leader Emrys who mentions he worked undercover during World War II and proceeds to tell the story.

These dogs actually talk and can be understood by certain humans who are in tune with them by some arcane arts. They actually take the time to discuss this part or it would be confusing. Part of the power is that the dogs can also speak with the dead and do magic.

I was interested in this one as I like dogs including drawing them and have read the Stray Dogs and Battlepug series in the past.

Having the dogs being able to talk makes it a lot more dialog driven than you would usually expect for a story with animals so things can be more complex. Normally that would also mean more slow exposition but they manage to keep things moving along in the story.

I did like the artwork of the dogs and the human characters and the period setting comes off well. There are some more fantasy elements hinted at but not really shown in this part of the story.

I would recommend this story if you like dogs and mystery stories. Maybe not one for younger readers due to some of the violence.

Comic details:

Writers: Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer

Artist: Benjamin Dewey

Colourist: Benjamin Dewey

Letterer: Nate Piekos

Cover Artist: Benjamin Dewey

Release date: April 7, 2021

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Genres: Action/Adventure, Horror

Series: Beasts of Burden

Pages: 24

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