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‘Dead Dog’s Bite #2:’ Advance Comic Book Review

Science fiction is my favorite genre, and immediately underneath that is noir. There are so many types of noir, from hard-boiled to neo noir, to small town crime. What I love about these two genres is that they are able to approach the human condition in very curious and insightful ways. Dead Dog’s Bite, like Twin Peaks, Fargo, and Brick before it, is small-town noir. A curious teenager named Josephine – sorry, Joe – is dedicated to finding her friend that went missing. Her friend’s name is Cormac Guffin. Get it? That’s the level of intelligence and dry wit this comic works on. Cormac is a lovely blonde in the vein of Laura Palmer that, so far, we’ve only seen in photos, and so far, no one else seem to be all that concerned about. ‘Cept for Joe.

The town is full of some hyper-eccentric characters, and part of the reason they really stand out is because Tyler Boss has really grounded the visual pacing of the story into the slow pace of the town Joe lives in. There’s an ennui that’s settled in over this neck of the woods, an ennui so deep-seated that no one really has noticed just how odd their community is. With her friend missing, Joe is starting to notice.

Tyler Boss has captured the character of Joe so very well – someone who knows they deserve more, they just aren’t aware of it yet. Joe is clever in the most irreverent ways. I laughed out loud more than once at her shenanigans. She’s also frustrated, as any teenager would be, because she doesn’t necessarily know what she wants. She is the great conundrum of teenage-hood, and she’s remarkable. Joe is everything you need and want in a story like this. And Dead Dog Bite is everything I need and want in a story like this.

Creative Team: Tyler Boss (writer, artist, colors, letter), Brett Israel (editor), Kathleen Barnett & Tyler Boss (design), Josie Christensen (digital art technician)
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
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Phillip Kelly, Fanbase Press Contributor



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