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A series of vicious short stories howling straight out of the pages of STRAY DOGS, 2021’s surprise cartoon/horror smash hit! In DOG DAYS, each stray will get their moment to shine—questions will be answered, mysteries will be solved, and old wounds will be torn open. Collects Stray Dogs: Dog Days #1-2.


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A series of vicious short stories howling straight out of the pages of STRAY DOGS, 2021’s surprise cartoon/horror smash hit! In DOG DAYS, each stray will get their moment to shine—questions will be answered, mysteries will be solved, and old wounds will be torn open. Collects Stray Dogs: Dog Days #1-2.

30 review for Stray Dogs: Dog Days

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Stray Dogs was one of the best comics of 2021, following a group of dogs slowly realising that their current owner was a serial killer who had killed all of their former owners. It’s a great done-in-one original horror story. So it’s disappointing (but perhaps not unsurprising) that Image would try to cash in on that success by forcing a completely unnecessary prequel/follow-up in the form of Dog Days. Did you want to see how each of the dogs had been procured by the killer? Me neither! The stor Stray Dogs was one of the best comics of 2021, following a group of dogs slowly realising that their current owner was a serial killer who had killed all of their former owners. It’s a great done-in-one original horror story. So it’s disappointing (but perhaps not unsurprising) that Image would try to cash in on that success by forcing a completely unnecessary prequel/follow-up in the form of Dog Days. Did you want to see how each of the dogs had been procured by the killer? Me neither! The stories aren’t terrible - they’re just way too short. Because there are so many dogs, writer Tony Fleecs can only give so many pages to each one and so just as you’re getting into one story, it’s over and you’re onto the next. It’s very unsatisfying. Trish Forstner’s Don Bluth-esque art remains delightful and the story of Victor provides a coda to the main storyline (the only one that’s not a prequel), even if it’s a pointless one. And I liked the twist in Henry’s story too. But the overall effect is the creators trying to stretch very little material into something book length and it reads like what it is: an insubstantial, and entirely superfluous, offering. The page count is beefed up by - I’m not kidding - 40 pages of horror movie-themed variant covers! Stray Dogs is a great comic - definitely check it out if you’ve not already - and I look forward to both creators’ next books, but don’t bother with the needless Dog Days.

  2. 5 out of 5

    A.J. Anders

    This was a pretty great return to the world of Stray Dogs! I really loved the main volume, and while this is just an anthology of shorts set mostly before that, I think it does a wonderful job at what it sets out to be. The one short that was set after the main story was probably my favorite of the lot, like that damn thing made me tear up a bit. Great book and would recommend to anyone who enjoyed Stray Dogs. There isn’t a whole lot to say other than this is a great followup to that!

  3. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Very lackluster compared to main book. Mostly just two large issues telling the stories of how the doggies got to the farm. Some are extremely dark, some are kind of just glossed over, and one was a nice surprise. But overall, these aren't needed to really complete the story. We do get a nice farewell though and the art, as always, is excellent. A 3 out of 5. Very lackluster compared to main book. Mostly just two large issues telling the stories of how the doggies got to the farm. Some are extremely dark, some are kind of just glossed over, and one was a nice surprise. But overall, these aren't needed to really complete the story. We do get a nice farewell though and the art, as always, is excellent. A 3 out of 5.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Did this really need to be collected like this, instead of thrown in with the rest of the Stray Dogs story? Probably not. But it's here, so we'll take what we can get. This volume collects the FCBD prelude story, as well as the two issue Dog Days mini, which was an anthology of stories about all of the dogs that we met in the main book. Most of them are pretty sad. In fact, I think all of them are sad, given that we know what's going to happen to everyone involved even before we start. But that Did this really need to be collected like this, instead of thrown in with the rest of the Stray Dogs story? Probably not. But it's here, so we'll take what we can get. This volume collects the FCBD prelude story, as well as the two issue Dog Days mini, which was an anthology of stories about all of the dogs that we met in the main book. Most of them are pretty sad. In fact, I think all of them are sad, given that we know what's going to happen to everyone involved even before we start. But that doesn't stop them being effective, even in the few pages we get to spend with each character. Some of the stories could probably have done with being a few pages longer, but none of them land poorly. I think the main complain I'd have about this volume is that it's not overly necessary - it doesn't add anything to the main book that we didn't already get, and the added context mostly just makes things bleaker instead of happier. If you want more Stray Dogs, then you can have it, but be prepared to get upset going in.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    When at least four of the most prominent graphic novel consumers on goodreads (including yours truly) declare your new series' first book worth four stars or more (including the people who NEVER award four stars) you know you're on to a winner. How to follow it up? Probably not like this. This wants to open the world of Stray Dogs up, and therefore starts with a huge spread of vignettes about how all the Nasty Man's dogs got captured in a Nasty way. Now, we do get lolz about them digging up inapp When at least four of the most prominent graphic novel consumers on goodreads (including yours truly) declare your new series' first book worth four stars or more (including the people who NEVER award four stars) you know you're on to a winner. How to follow it up? Probably not like this. This wants to open the world of Stray Dogs up, and therefore starts with a huge spread of vignettes about how all the Nasty Man's dogs got captured in a Nasty way. Now, we do get lolz about them digging up inappropriate things from their yard once captured, but generally it's a spread of their 'missing mutt' posters, and the ways the Nasty Man nabbed them, through conniving visits to the local dog park or through being Lock Picking Lawyer in disguise ("number two is moulting... gotta bark out of three..."). And after that... it ends with a whole third of the book being a covers gallery. And despite the great bulk of them riffing off classic genre imagery, from Stranger Things up to The Exorcist, it's a cover gallery. That's it, no more. This then is like watching a humongous DVD extra (remember them?) to find it was extra scenes shot after the wrap party because the budget allowed, not because they were cut or were ever in any way thought essential. This is a companion, in the world where 'companion' means 'slightly flippant adjunct'. There's one reason for this book's existence, and that's the commercial one. "Stray Dogs" was never a series, and this book, for all the tiny, tiny world building it adds to the class of before, was never really called for. Heck, it can't even obey the upper and lower case rules established last time. Two stars is generous, for this is woof.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    The original Stray Dogs fused Don Bluth-style canines with a crime plot; a serial killer abducts the dogs of his victims, who seem weirdly fine with him as their new person, and only gradually get it together to bring him down. I found them very cute, obviously, but I wasn't altogether convinced by the premise. This series claims to tell us more about each of the cast, but – particularly given their brevity – the stories don't tell us much we couldn't already have inferred from the first run, an The original Stray Dogs fused Don Bluth-style canines with a crime plot; a serial killer abducts the dogs of his victims, who seem weirdly fine with him as their new person, and only gradually get it together to bring him down. I found them very cute, obviously, but I wasn't altogether convinced by the premise. This series claims to tell us more about each of the cast, but – particularly given their brevity – the stories don't tell us much we couldn't already have inferred from the first run, and certainly don't deepen it as an exercise of this sort sometimes can. Other Henry used to live with a cat, who was beastly to him, but misses him once he's gone! Tibetan mastiff Imogene used to be small as a puppy, but is now large! Gucci was popular on Instagram! Yes, there are still some cute dogs, but that is pretty much it. As such, it's not the complaint it might have been to note that nearly a third of the volume is taken up with variant covers, some of the pastiches showing considerably more invention than the comic proper. (Edelweiss ARC)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jay

    Following up on last year's outstanding miniseries STRAY DOGS, the DOG DAYS collection was originally published as two individual issues. Each of the stories in the collection focuses on a different dog featured in the main series and gives readers insight into how they each came to be where you see them in the main series. The stories range in quality a tiny bit, with some drawing you in more than others. But for they are all pretty compelling in their own way. Writer Tony Fleecs really hit on a Following up on last year's outstanding miniseries STRAY DOGS, the DOG DAYS collection was originally published as two individual issues. Each of the stories in the collection focuses on a different dog featured in the main series and gives readers insight into how they each came to be where you see them in the main series. The stories range in quality a tiny bit, with some drawing you in more than others. But for they are all pretty compelling in their own way. Writer Tony Fleecs really hit on a great idea with STRAY DOGS, combining a cartoon art style from Trish Forstner, Brad Simpson and Tone Rodriguez with a dark kind of horror tale that might at first seem like it wouldn't work. But work it did, and in spectacular fashion. That same feeling is threaded throughout the Dog Days stories and readers will likely find themselves missing these characters now that the story is over. But what a great ride it was!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Martha

    The main thing you need to know about this companion pieces is that almost a third of it is a collection of its cover variants. If you absolutely need to know how every one of the dogs was abducted, what happened to the house they were kept in after their escape, and to see dozens of famous movie posters remade with dogs in them, then I'm sure you will enjoy this book and its good boys, but to me it felt like a waste. I did like the story about the fire fighters, but otherwise the over and over The main thing you need to know about this companion pieces is that almost a third of it is a collection of its cover variants. If you absolutely need to know how every one of the dogs was abducted, what happened to the house they were kept in after their escape, and to see dozens of famous movie posters remade with dogs in them, then I'm sure you will enjoy this book and its good boys, but to me it felt like a waste. I did like the story about the fire fighters, but otherwise the over and over again of the dogs being kidnapped with the off-screen murder of their female owners was just...it added nothing to the original story which was great and complete on its own. Not awful, but still really not recommended.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Raven Black

    While this is a stand alone story, it would help to read the first book. This is the story of the dogs from that graphic novel. These are the fill ins, but also a psychological thriller in itself. Little things popup (probably the doggie wasn't supposed to dig up the arm skeleton) and treats take on a new meaning, and dogs might be mans best friends but man is not theirs. Overall the protentional for the series is why this is a four, plus the artwork is pretty far out in a cool and spooky manner While this is a stand alone story, it would help to read the first book. This is the story of the dogs from that graphic novel. These are the fill ins, but also a psychological thriller in itself. Little things popup (probably the doggie wasn't supposed to dig up the arm skeleton) and treats take on a new meaning, and dogs might be mans best friends but man is not theirs. Overall the protentional for the series is why this is a four, plus the artwork is pretty far out in a cool and spooky manner (and spooky because things are so calm, ordinary, until they are not, until you realize what is around the corner or who). The afterwards with different cover art is a riot. They are spoofs, love letters and fun nods to famous movies, novels, posters, etc. in the thriller/horror realm.

  10. 4 out of 5

    ebblord

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A large chunk of it is cover variants. And I was perhaps expecting something beyond mere abductions, so a bit disappointed. I think I would've liked to see where the dogs ended up after the adoptions in the first novel and maybe some mysteries occurs which the dogs must solve (maybe they convene at the dog park and try to organize themselves despite not living togejther). Alas. I will keep an eye out for whatever the authors/artists come up with next tho. And I do believe that Stray Dogs has pote A large chunk of it is cover variants. And I was perhaps expecting something beyond mere abductions, so a bit disappointed. I think I would've liked to see where the dogs ended up after the adoptions in the first novel and maybe some mysteries occurs which the dogs must solve (maybe they convene at the dog park and try to organize themselves despite not living togejther). Alas. I will keep an eye out for whatever the authors/artists come up with next tho. And I do believe that Stray Dogs has potential for more stories, but we gotta leave the serial killer behind.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    I think the reason I wasn't a fan of these extra stories is even though we know how the main series ends, it feels more like reliving the trauma of everything the guy did rather than feeling triumphant over what happened to him. Feels backwards. Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 Total review score: 2.375 I think the reason I wasn't a fan of these extra stories is even though we know how the main series ends, it feels more like reliving the trauma of everything the guy did rather than feeling triumphant over what happened to him. Feels backwards. Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 Total review score: 2.375

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jass

    This collection of "befores" and "afters" only offers glimpses and moments... yet somehow it was just the thing that was needed to truly tie the story of "Stray Dogs" together into something beautiful. This collection of "befores" and "afters" only offers glimpses and moments... yet somehow it was just the thing that was needed to truly tie the story of "Stray Dogs" together into something beautiful.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Robert Hultman

    Good story and great writing. Overall worth a read and good for older kids up to adults.

  14. 4 out of 5

    BB

    Rated as a companion piece to the first volume, it doesn't stand well on its own. Just know going in the stories are very short and about 40 pages are variant covers. Rated as a companion piece to the first volume, it doesn't stand well on its own. Just know going in the stories are very short and about 40 pages are variant covers.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    The art is still so good and I love all the dogs, but honestly, this was a very depressing way to cap off this story.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Steve Potter

    Good, but very short for the price. It collected just two issues, so literally half the book was a cover gallery.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jipi Perreault

    This one doesn't have the same impact than the first volume. Some of the stories are poignant and others just annecdotal. This one doesn't have the same impact than the first volume. Some of the stories are poignant and others just annecdotal.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bárbara

    This, for all the dogs it had, was disappointingly meh.

  19. 4 out of 5

    It's just Deano

    Stray Dogs was probably one of my favourite books from 2021. I loved the horror atmosphere, the Don Bluth-esq artwork, and the plot was wonderfully heartfelt - the whole thing was gloriously well made. Now, I know I'm not alone in my view of Stray Dogs so it makes perfect sense that the creators would want to keep this train moving along. However, let's not mix words here, Dog Days is nothing more than a cash in. Let me put it this way, this trade paperback collects just two single comic issues Stray Dogs was probably one of my favourite books from 2021. I loved the horror atmosphere, the Don Bluth-esq artwork, and the plot was wonderfully heartfelt - the whole thing was gloriously well made. Now, I know I'm not alone in my view of Stray Dogs so it makes perfect sense that the creators would want to keep this train moving along. However, let's not mix words here, Dog Days is nothing more than a cash in. Let me put it this way, this trade paperback collects just two single comic issues and a third of this book is literally just bonus material - mainly the artwork for the movie poster variant covers. All this would be insignificant if the story contributed something to follow the magic we saw in the initial story, but there isn't anything here but two-page comic strips for each of the dogs we got to know in the original book. Overall, I'd save your money here. Despite the awesome artwork included you're definitely not missing anything at all. It's a real shame that such a genuine and credible book like Stay Dogs had to be subjected to this level of cashing in. ________________ My Score: 4/10 My Goodreads: ⭐⭐ ________________

  20. 5 out of 5

    Bruvydsb

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mark

  22. 4 out of 5

    Leona

  23. 5 out of 5

    Drew

  24. 4 out of 5

    AlvarinSanchezV

  25. 5 out of 5

    Keefer

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marcus Landry

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jason

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bjarte Aune Olsen

  29. 4 out of 5

    Galeos

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Khan

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