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Beasts of Burden Volume 1: Animal Rites

by Evan Dorkin, Jill Thompson (Illustrator)

Series: Beasts of Burden (1)

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"Welcome to Burden Hill-a picturesque little town adorned with white picket fences and green, green grass, home to a unique team of paranormal investigators. Beneath this shiny exterior, Burden Hill harbors dark and sinister secrets, and it's up to a heroic gang of dogs-and one cat-to protect the town from the evil forces at work."--Amazon.com.… (more)
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It's really too bad that there is only one volume of this series, because it has quite a bit of potential to be a great magical adventure. Dorkin and Thompson's canine companions (and one cat, aptly named Orphan) are absolutely charming in their typical doggy behaviour, which is neatly contrasted by their near-human intelligence when it comes to protecting their neighbourhood from malevolent magical forces. It might not be the smartest magical story ever, or even the best comic about dogs, but somehow it just works! ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 25, 2021 |
It has been a very long time since I've been utterly blown away by a graphic novel. Dorkin and Thompson have successfully combined The Incredible Journey with Buffy the Vampire Slayer with this graphic novel. Charming, emotional, exciting and wildly creative, I HIGHLY recommend this book and hope to see more adventures of these characters soon. ( )
  scout101 | Sep 15, 2020 |
Small-town, Calvin and Hobbes-esque setting meets talking dogs (and a cat, The Orphan) who solve paranormal activities. I could not get enough of this. ( )
  Cail_Judy | Apr 21, 2020 |
This book was hard to stomach at times, especially for one such as myself who has a sensitive constitution. There are A LOT of dead, maimed, drowned, zombie, etc. animals within these pages. But the story was just so good. It was funny, serious, poignant, foreboding, and creepy. Each character had a distinct personality. And the artwork by Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother) is amazing; it manages to be both cute and gruesome, often in the same panel.

Also, it has witch cats.
1 vote aratiel | Sep 5, 2018 |
Really beautiful art. The writing is a bit slight and rushed; it may appeal to young adults. ( )
  mrgan | Oct 30, 2017 |
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"Welcome to Burden Hill-a picturesque little town adorned with white picket fences and green, green grass, home to a unique team of paranormal investigators. Beneath this shiny exterior, Burden Hill harbors dark and sinister secrets, and it's up to a heroic gang of dogs-and one cat-to protect the town from the evil forces at work."--Amazon.com.

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Welcome to Burden Hill -- a picturesque little town adorned with white picket fences and green, green grass, home to a unique team of paranormal investigators. Beneath this shiny exterior, Burden Hill harbors dark and sinister secrets, and it’s up to a heroic gang of dogs -- and one cat -- to protect the town from the evil forces at work. These are the Beasts of Burden Hill -- Pugs, Ace, Jack, Whitey, Red and the Orphan -- whose early experiences with the paranormal (including a haunted doghouse, a witches’ coven, and a pack of canine zombies) have led them to become members of the Wise Dog Society, official animal agents sworn to protect their town from evil. This turns out to be no easy task, as they soon encounter demonic cannibal frogs, tortured spirits, a secret rat society, and a bizarre and deadly resurrection in the Burden Hill cemetery -- events which lead to fear and heartbreak as our four-legged heroes discover that the evil within Burden Hill is growing and on the move. Can our heroes overcome these supernatural menaces? Can evil be bested by a paranormal team that doesn’t have hands? And even more importantly, will Pugs ever shut the hell up?
Adventure, mystery, horror, and humor thrive on every page of Beasts of Burden -- a comic-book series that will capture readers’ hearts and haunt their dreams.
Award-winning comics creators Evan Dorkin (Milk and Cheese) and Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother) first introduced these very special investigators in The Dark Horse Book of Hauntings and the other Dark Horse Book of . . . anthologies, for which they won coveted Eisner Awards for Best Short Story and Best Painter. Those first tales are collected here, along with the comic series Beasts of Burden issues #1–#4.
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