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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

Indie Review: 'Man vs Rock' #1 by Kevin Bieber and Victor DeTroy



The world of indie comics, the real blood, sweat and tears of homegrown comics, is a vast and hungry subculture that thrives on ambition, love, and various levels of talent. It's still one of the few places you'll find stories that you'll find no where else, sometimes for good reason. There are no bad ideas only poor execution. In Man Vs Rock Kevin Bieber and Victor DeTroy have a wild idea but execute it well enough to be convinced that rocks will be the end of us all. 

This is a satire in the spirit of sci-fi B-movies of the 1950's. The gist is that one day after a milenia of abuse and mistreatment, rocks will rise up and destroy their abusers - humanity. Suffice it to say, things get weird as we revisit historical events with a twist. There's only one man, a scientist, Buck Stone who sees this coming and of course no one believes him but the more you hear him talk the more you'll be convinced. 

DeTroy's art is sparse, no coloring, just rough sketching that holds its own charm but really flourishes with close-ups of Stone's haggard, paranoid-filled, desperate face. He also seems fond of drawing perfectly round derrieres and male nudity. Needless to say, 'Man Vs. Rock' is for mature audiences.

If you're looking for something unpolished and rough around the edges but totally committed to a crazy idea, 'Man Vs. Rock' is the book for you. It's a fun and totally independent venture that reminds you why we love comics - it can make the unbelievable come to life no matter how bizarre or weird it might be.  


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