- Published: Milwaukie, Or. : Dark Horse Books, 2010.
- Year Published: 2010
- Edition: 1st ed.
- Description: 180 p. : ill. ; 29 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Graphic Novel
- 9781595825131 (hbk.)
- 1595825134 (hbk.)
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Beasts of burden. Vol. 1, Animal rites
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Call number: Teen Graphic Novel / Beasts
Available Copies: Malletts Teen
"This volume reprints the comic-book series Beasts of Burden #1-4 and "Stray" from The Dark Horse Book of Hauntings, "The Unfamiliars" from The Dark Horse Book of Witchcraft, "Let Sleeping Dogs Lie" from The Dark Horse Book of the Dead, and "A Dog and His Boy" from The Dark Horse Book of Monsters, all published by Dark Horse." --t.p. verso.
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A group of dogs (plus one cat) finds itself protecting a rural community called Burden Hill from a string of strange threats: ghost, witch, werewolf, human... Told as a series of interconnected short stories.
Beasts of Burden is basically Scooby Doo with a dog/cat cast: the goofy/heroic/comic relief characters stumble from one wacky, spooky situation to another. It's apparent that it's a young adult book, tugging carefully at the occasional heartstring but then immediately retreating so as not to cause too much upset. In the meantime there are plenty of animal puns and Saved by the Bell-style one-liners to keep things light. There are a few sad or scary moments (as when a Weimaraner mom drowns herself to be with her dead puppies) but nothing too taxing. Each story's ending is bittersweet or just happy.
Jill Thompson's watercolors are absolutely gorgeous. The woman knows how to paint animals. Landscapes, action, unusual perspectives, she does everything in this book and she does it well.
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