Story Synopsis: Beasts Of Burden: Wise Dogs And Eldritch Men

Some Wise Dogs investigate an elemental and some strange runes on a bear trap in this week’s Comic Rewind, Beasts of Burden: Wise Dogs and Eldritch Men.

The Wise Dogs are dogs born with spell abilities and are our world’s first line of defense.  This comic focused on the Wise Dogs of Burden Hill.  

One day a fire salamander elemental lit a forest on fire.  The leader of the Burden Hill branch of Wise Dogs, Lundy a Scottish Terrier, rushed into the fire to deal with the salamander.  When Lundy came closer to the salamander he saw it was young and caught in a bear trap.  Lundy decided to set it free rather than kill it.

Beasts Of Burden: Wise Dogs

When Lundy made it back to the group they wanted to investigate further because it was extremely odd to see a fire salamander in that area.  When they looked for the bear trap they found it had strange runes on it.  They seek help from a former Wise Dog and his human companion.

As the group drew closer to the source of the runes the things they saw got stranger and stranger.  Could the Wise Dogs of Burden Hill get to the bottom of this mystery before it was too late?

Beasts of Burden: Wise Dogs and Eldritch Men was written by Evan Dorkin with art by Benjamin Dewey.  Dark Horse Comics published the volume in 2019.

Part Two Of Beasts Of Burden Is Just As Good As Part One

A while back I read a Beasts of Burden comic and really liked it.  I’ve had this on my list for a while now, but just never got around to reading it.  Life and whatnot got in the way, but this week I finally sat down or in my case laid down and read it.  I really enjoyed this volume.

For whatever reason I’m a sucker for talking animals.  This comic is almost all talking animals and they are grumpy, overly excited, humble and everything in between.  I enjoyed all the dogs having their own distinct personalities.

I Wish I Knew More About Wise Dogs, But Still Plenty Deep

The comic drops the reader in mid-story which I normally hate, but this did it successfully.  I think it is because the story is not very complicated and the personalities shine through very easily even though we don’t get any backstory.

Beasts Of Burden: Wise Dogs

Don’t get me wrong I want to know the backstory of these Wise Dogs and learn more about them.  Especially Lundy and his second-in-command Emrys.  What interests me a lot is that all the older Wise Dogs used to have human companions, but Lundy and Emrys no longer have theirs.  I would like to know what happened to them.  Emrys hints at what happens to his human, but I would love to learn more.  Also why don’t they pair Wise Dogs with humans anymore?

Too Little Work In The Beasts Of Burden Comic Series

Unfortunately there are not a lot of issues set in this universe which is really sad because it is deep and interesting.  I would love to read more about this universe and its characters.

I enjoyed the paranormal theme and the magic interwoven.  This comic is very simple and straightforward, but it never talks down to the reader.  I never felt lost, but also was never bored.

It would be really cool if this is what really happened with our pets when we aren’t looking.  Who knows maybe when our dog runs away it is because they have an important mission and it is a matter of life and death.

If you love cute anthropomorphic animals making goblins’ heads explode with psychic powers then this is the perfect comic for you.



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