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REVIEW: 'Stray Dogs' #1 by Tony Fleecs, Trish Forstner, and Brad Simpson

 Lady and the Tramp meets Silence of the Lambs. It's scary being the new dog. 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? A five-issue Don Bluth-style suspense thriller by My Little Pony comic artists TONY FLEECS and TRISH FORSTNER, STRAY DOGS is Lady and the Tramp meets Silence of the Lambs.   STRAY DOGS #1 Writer: Tony Fleecs Artist: Trish Forstner, Brad Simpson Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: February 24, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Score:  ★★★★☆ (4/5) 'Stray Dogs' may see itself as " Lady and the Tramp meets Silence of the Lambs " but issue one was all Alfred Hitchcock. The mystery, the tension, the dread, the lingering questions suffocate each page soon after our shellshocked protagonist, the trembling Sophie arrives at a strange house full of other rescues. Something is amiss an

Early Talks of 'Punisher' Spinoff Series at Netflix


Netflix and Marvel are gearing up to make 'The Punisher' the sixth series on the streaming network. Even though Jon Bernthal as vigilante Frank Castle aka the Punisher hasn't appeared yet on the second season of 'Daredevil' (premieres March 18), they're confident enough to greenlight another series. It will follow the popular installments of 'Daredevil,' 'Jessica Jones' with 'Luke Cage,' 'Iron Fist,' and the team-up feature, 'Defenders' in line next.  

How popular are Marvel shows on Netflix? Well, we really don't know. Netflix keeps ratings top secret however NBC has used some interesting methodology to claim a show like 'Jessica Jones' averaged 4.8 million viewers during the first 35 days. That number makes it the most viewed show on the service and comparable ratings with broadcast television. Although, NBC claims they're not intimidated by those numbers they somehow pieced together. Still, it represents millions of people not watching NBC so they should be concerned. 

Netflix has been the perfect outlet for Marvel's more mature material. The "street-level" heroes of Hell's Kitchen and other parts of New York delve into more serious themes than Marvel's movies and shows on ABC. Sex, crime, violence, rape, are things the Netflix series tackle that separate it from any other comic book show or movie for that matter. It handles it all with the seriousness and respect it deserves than just to be gratuitous. 

That's why a character like 'The Punisher' would fit right in. He's a man coming from an unspeakable loss and as a military vet, he uses an arsenal of weapons to exact revenge and fight crime with extreme prejudice. 

No official word from Netflix or Marvel but was first reported by TV Line and other trade outlets. Entertainment Weekly also reported but talks to add Punisher to the line-up were still in the early stages. 

The entire 'Daredevil' season two begins March 18 on Netflix.


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