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Beasts of Burden Volume: Animal Rites Hardcover – July 6, 2010
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The stories have just the right blend of creepy horror, adventure, a dash of comedy relief, and alot of heart.
The world of the book is a sunny, idealic suburb with the dark forces of the supernatural creeping in at the fringes. There to fight back are the eponymous beasts, a group of dogs (and one cat) who find themselves reluctant heroes. Evan Dorkin's writing gives each member of the cast (even characters who only pop up for a few panels) a distinct personality and an arsenel of sharp dialog and Jill Thompson's watercolor art is gorgeous - it looks even better due to this hardcover's slightly oversized dimensions.
The artwork in this is beautiful. I love that the artist uses watercolor rather than another medium. It adds to the eeriness of the darker scenes, and something about it makes the animals seem more human in their emotions. The art is what drew me to the series, and as I was reading it I would stare at the pictures for several minutes before turning the page to continue reading. Some comics have trouble filling in the blanks that novels fill in with words, but the artwork more than makes up for anything that would be lost between word and art.
The storytelling is also amazing. Some of the stories will make you laugh, the others will have you crying because they are so moving. The personification of the dogs and cats helps you to relate to them, and the fact that they're like our own pets makes you fall in love with them within the first few pages.
I wish I could say more about this, but you really need to read it yourself to understand. If you love horror and the paranormal, this is for you. If you love pets and their spazzy quirks, this is for you. If you like drama in personal relationships, this is for you. If you like a good mystery, this is for you. So get it already!
If you enjoy Mouseguard, We3, the stories of The Secret of Nimh and Red Wall, then pick this up!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
You might read the description and think this is innocent and cute tales about solving paranormal mysteries (Scooby-Doo-esque is what I had in mind). Read morePublished 17 days ago by Rachel
I picked this off the library shelf because of Jill Thompson’s name. She’s well-loved by us for The Little Endless series and her own series Magic Trixie and Scary Godmother (see... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Skye Kilaen
I recently just started reading this series and I love it! I only wish this book had more comics in it as I could read this all day! Very easy to read on devices too! Read morePublished 6 months ago by 6pawprints
This is a really terrific book. It's very engaging and beautifully illustrated. Not exactly for the faint of heart - it does get pretty creepy and graphic at points - but a really... Read morePublished 10 months ago by J. L. Thatcher
Probably my favorite comic from the last ten years. I only hope they make more.Published 17 months ago by Justin A. Corwin
I love animals and spooky ghost stories. I am a fan of Jill Thompson's watercolor artwork as well so I figured (even though I'm not really into comic books) I'd give it a go. Read morePublished 18 months ago by LW Frank