Beasts of Burden: Occupied Territory #1

Writer: Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer Artist: Benjamin Dewey Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: April 7, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 6
8.8Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

The eight-time Eisner Award- winning comic book series blending fantasy and humor returns in a historical adventure blending Japanese and Western occult!
An elder member of the occult-battling pack of Wise Dogs recalls a harrowing mission-in U.S-occupied Japan after World War II, a mysterious curse creates an army of crawling, disembodied heads which threatens to overwhelm the region. Emrys and a team of canine companions attempt to solve the mystery, bringing them into conflict with shape-changing tanuki, evil oni, and a horde of vengeful demons.

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Kendra Hale May 14, 2021

    I am entirely ready for this story to unfold after the break in between parts of this Universe. It will be a pleasure to read as it plays out and a delight to see what from the Japanese culture is included. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Major Spoilers - Ingrid Lind-Jahn Apr 7, 2021

    Emrys reaches into his past to relate a story of the supernatural set in Japan after WW2. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Alex K Cossa Apr 9, 2021

    With this being the first issue, there's a bit of a slow build to the inevitable occult madness, but Dorkin and Dyer set the pace of the comic really well – building slowly toward the following chapters where the shit (and probably blood) will surely hit the fan. Beasts Of Burden: Occupied Territory #1 is another fantastic entry into the series lore, and I cannot wait for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Chase Magnett Apr 7, 2021

    Occupied Territory appears to be another outstanding entry from one of the best creator-owned franchises in comics today. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Tim Chuma Apr 8, 2021

    Mando or bust? Amazon has it!Writers: Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Apr 7, 2021

    There's a lot of foundation-setting going on here and it works well because it makes the book accessible to new readers while at the same time expanding the larger lore of what's come before. The opening pages also make it clear that this is an active world and stories blend together, which is important to have made clear. The creative team here works just as strongly and solidly as the last couple of series that I read and I'm excited to see what the adventure in Japan will reveal, and to get more time with Mullins as he's a welcome addition here. Emrys is the real star, however, and I'm loving getting to know him a lot better. Read Full Review

  • 10
    J. Rabbit Apr 11, 2021

    Pencil/Ink: Outstanding
    Writing: Outstanding
    Story: Great
    Layout: Great
    Color: Great
    Lettering: Great

    Don't skim over the panels that are without dialog. Let the artwork tell the story. This is an outstanding first issue that builds on the lore of the Wise Dogs society.

  • 9.0
    sebastianorellana95 Apr 12, 2021


  • 8.0
    Gizmo May 31, 2021

    The promise of Japanese-inspired supernatural elements brings a new dimension to this magical doggie world.

  • 7.5
    Boudi Apr 12, 2021

    When I started reading, I was disapointed because Jill Thompson wasn't drawing. However, while Benjamin Dewey isn't as good as she is, he is doing a decent job, he is especially great at drawing ghosts. The colours are good. It is interesting to see a Beasts of Burden tale right after the end of WW2 in Japan, japanese mythology is very crazy and has a whole lot of potential.

  • 5.0
    JHugh Apr 7, 2021

    The idea was a good one but the flow is just so off on this book I couldn't enjoy it.
    It felt like someone in a hurry, trying to get through it all. Artwork was really good.
    Overall just seems rushed, won't be picking up the next issue.

  • 8.0
    Brandon Tindle Apr 10, 2021

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