“Beasts of Burden” started out as an Eisner-winning short story “Stray” in The Dark Horse Book of Hauntings. The short can be read for free combining perfectly with Jill Thompson’s adorable animal illustrations.
It follows a group of dogs and one cat who practice magic and fight evil supernatural beings, which makes it ripe for a crossover with Hellboy,
which is totally happening:
Dark Horse will publish a “Beasts of Burden/Hellboy” one-shot crossover, in which the magic-wielding pets of Burden Hill meet up with with Mike Mignola’s demonic hero. The one-shot, which does not yet have a release date, will be written by Dorkin with painted art by Thompson, with covers by Thompson and Mignola. [CBR]
Hellboy is going to be disappointed there’s only one cat. Also, it took all my willpower not to put a caption over that inset pic saying “HELLBOY IS HOLDING A PUG. YOUR ARGUMENT IS INVALID.”
Picture gallery and some funny quotes after the jump:
Dorkin said. “Mike told us to feel free writing it as Hellboy guest-starring in our book. I think he’s going to be very disappointed when I kill Hellboy off and reveal that everything that you know about Hellboy is wrong, that he’s fated to be a deli owner in Baltimore. Nothing to do with any Beast of the Apocalypse stuff. Just gonna be slicing pastrami and stuff, then pass away from cancer. And I’m bringing Roger the Homunculus back. I think that’s my right because I like the character, and I’m an aggrieved fanboy who thinks he knows better than the creator of the character.” [...]
“The truth is, Hellboy beats the living crap out of [the animals] in about four panels, and our book is canceled because they’re all dead. The rest of the book is just like pastoral scenes of the hills and Hellboy eating paprika chicken at a restaurant.” [more quotes at CBR]
[Pictures via ComicsAlliance]
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