Indie Comics Review: Beasts Of Burden: Occupied Territory #2

by Kendra Hale
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Indie Comics Review: Beasts Of Burden: Occupied Territory #2

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

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Writer: Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer

Artist: Benjamin Dewey

Letterer: Nate Piekos of Blambot

Review by: Kendra Hale




In the first offering of Beasts Of Burden: Occupied Territory Emrys began his tale of an old World War II story full of mystery and murder. With his human companion and helper Jonathon Hope, they have traveled to Japan on a secret mission. Soldiers have been dying under mysterious circumstances and they aren’t the only ones as Emrys and newly christened wise dog Mullins have learned. 

In Beasts Of Burden: Occupied Territory #2 Emrys and Mullins are still in the heat of battle with the heads on octopus legs that have torn free of the dead bodies. As they follow the clues they come across all manner of Oni including Kappa, Tanuki, Tengu, and Kitsune all warding them to turn back for their own safety. Even coming across a river that is flowing with not just water, leads to a demoness feasting on the death. As they come nearer to the epicenter of the evil …maybe they should have heeded all the warnings.


What about this story isn’t a positive? This issue has hauntingly beautiful images, obviously the research went into the different Oni and they are presented beautifully. Getting some of Mullins’ back story and learning that Jonathon Hope has not been feeling well set up information for future issues so definitely catch the eyes.  This is just another shining jewel in the Beasts of Burden lineup.  This team up of creatives packs a heady punch. 


Pfffffffffft there are none. None at all. 


This series never disappoints.  On every level it continues to enthrall and ensnare the reader. Pick Beasts Of Burden: Occupied Territory #2 up and enjoy! 

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