Title: Stray Dogs #2
Words: Tony Fleecs
Art: Trish Forstner
Colors: Brad Simpson
Published: March 24, 2021
Publisher’s Summary: “Something doesn’t smell right! None of the dogs know what happens behind that door at the end of the hallway. All they know is there’s a punishment for sniffing around it. What secrets are hidden in the Master’s Forbidden Room?”
Sophie is having trouble remembering much of what happened before she arrived, so to help her, Rusty fetches her Lady’s scarf. The scent of it triggers her memories and as she connects the dots with from the additional information, she devises a plan to get to the bottom of the mystery. Hopefully, it might also lead to escape. First, though, they must get into the “master’s private stuff room” to see what he is hiding.
In the second installment of Stray Dogs, Tony Fleecs continues to maintain the suspense through the use of Sophie’s point of view and close to panic anxiety as she struggles to remember. That these adorable, good boys and girls are in such a bizarre and perilous situation where they barely realize what they are up against only heightens the thrill. The juxtaposition is a brilliant concept that lands very convincingly.
The artwork adds to the feeling as it successfully channels Disney inspiration to the point that I wish that the House of Mouse would make a movie of this already, but I’m guessing the subject matter is just too creepy.
The Bottom Line
Such a good girl Sophie reveals more of the mystery of the new master’s house. She was right to be suspicious as things are so much worse that she thought.