Indie Comics Review: Beasts Of Burden: Occupied Territory #3

by Kendra Hale
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Review: Beasts Of Burden: Occupied Territory #3

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

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Writer: Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer

Artist: Benjamin Dewey

With Flats By: Jason Lusk

Letterer: Nate Piekos of Blambot

Review by: Kendra Hale


When we last left off in the tale of Beasts of Burden, Emrys and Mullins were face-to-face with a Shiba Inu army. Having dealt with Oni, Death, and a slew of other paranormal activity, what could be next for our heroic canines? Let’s dive into Beasts Of Burden: Occupied Territory #3!

Starting the issue out, we finally meet our Shiba Inu friends. It turns out there are only two of them, one named Makoto and another named Yuna. And they aren’t there to attack, but instead to help out Emrys and Mullins. They use Earthcraft and Thought-form magic. They are not Wise Dogs, but their group shares a similar purpose. 

Time For A Meeting

Makoto and Yuna explain that the woman Emrys and Mullins saw was called a Jorogumo, a spider demon who preys on men, and is most likely the cause of the curse. In order to get help they must call a council with the powerful Yokai of the mountains. 

Emrys and Mullins go with Yuna and Makoto to meet the leaders of the Yokai. They meet with Kitsune, Tanuki, Kappa, Yamabiko, Yamawaro and of course the Tengu. But while these Yokai are proud and mighty, they may not have the answers that Emrys and Mullins are looking for…



The artwork is so gorgeous this issue. All of the details and the beautiful color work just enhance the already enthralling story. I love all of the lore and the attention that the writing gets. It was so much fun seeing all the different Yokai and Oni on the pages. 


The d@#$ cliffhanger. Only because all of my favorite creators are after my tears. Why?? Looking at you Evan. 



This series has always had the power to draw readers in. But where other stories seem to lose something when the world or history expands, Beasts of Burden has gotten better, and Beasts of Burden: Occupied Territory #3 is a must read. 




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