Indie Comics Review: Stray Dogs #2

by Kendra Hale
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Review: Stray Dogs #2

[Editor’s Note: This review may contain spoilers]

Publisher: Image Comics

Writer: Tony Fleecs

Artist: Trish Forstner

Colorist: Brad Simpson

Layouts: Tone Rodriguez

Review by: Kendra Hale 



I am a fan of crime dramas and thrillers. I could literally sit down for a month straight and just enjoy formula shows that feature the minds of serial killers and the like without a problem. Shows and movies like this captivate me because it is the unthinkable, yet it happens, and my main question is always “why?” Why did it happen and how did one person’s path get to this point. Stray Dogs gives me that same feeling that I get when I watch shows like Criminal Minds, or a personal favorite Mind Hunter. But also all of my favorite horror movies all rolled into one. 

In the first offering, we met Sophie. Sophie is a bit skittish and timid, which isn’t unreasonable after all she’s faced, being taken from her owner and sure that the man who has brought her home killed her Lady. Her memory isn’t all that reliable, but when she is reminded, it all floods in and she knows that all of the other dogs are in danger.  Even if they don’t believe her. 

Onto Stray Dogs #2, “Stay”.

Buffalo Bill Calling 

Rusty has tried to help Sophie with her memory loss, even bringing back the scarf that had caused the shocking memory in the first place.  As a normal day goes on behind them, Sophie and Rusty plot to look in the “Private Room”. This is the one room the dogs are forbid to go in.  Inside, what they find leads to more information about their owner, but it doesn’t come without a price.  And the other dogs find that Sophie may not be as crazy as they thought…


I love that Tony Fleecs and Trish Forstner  have given us so many clues to look for as we learn more about Sophie and crew.  The way this tale is unfolding piece by piece is done with just the right amount of information being given to hold the attention and keep it wanting.  The artwork is consistently sublime with Trish Forstner and Brad Simpson setting up a world that is so fun to visit. The personalities and emotions of the dogs are so great and I look forward to learning more about each of them. Seems all of them will have quite the tale to tell us. 



Absolutely nothing to see here. 



A series like this is so rare of a find, being able to cross so many genres and still be so enthralling and wholesome.  Sophie’s journey has already been so great, and to watch the mystery unravel is going to be something indeed, and I will be here for all of it, not just as a reviewer, but as a fan!  And of course for the variant covers which are AWESOME. (This one is a beautiful play on Pet Sematary.)




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