by Clyde Hall. Over the last fifty years we’ve grown very fond of a certain group of teenagers and their sentient dog, investigating mysteries and tackling supernatural menaces both real and manufactured. Now consider what those Scooby-Doo stories would be like if team members Fred, Velma, Daphne, and Shaggy were also dogs who just happen to be smarter than most people. Of course, you’d need some equally cagey cats taking part, and some guiding shamanistic shelties and poodles to shepherd the cause. But the menaces they face are always of a strange, preternatural sort; no yanking rubber masks off Old Man Smithers to conclude these adventures.

Now you’re ready to experience Beasts of Burden: The Presence of Others by the Eisner-winning team of Evan Dorkin (Calla Cthulhu, Dork, Blackwood) and Jill Thompson (Fables, Scary Godmother). Or ready to return to the weirdness of Burden Hill, if you’ve been a fan of the series and dreamed of seeing the exploits of that small community’s canine and feline guardians continue.

Cover to ‘Beasts of Burden: The Presence of Others’. Art by Jill Thompson/Dark Horse Comics

This new installment from Dark Horse Comics begins when a team of human paranormal investigators inadvertently release a mysterious entity known as the Master from its less-than-final resting place. Then it’s up to our team of four-legged occult experts to pull an RCA Victor maneuver, silencing this Master’s voice for good. They’ll have their paws full; solutions for reinterning beings risen from the grave aren’t as simple as burying soup bones in the backyard.

Beasts of Burden: The Presence of Others Part One kennels up at your LCS on May 1. If you’re behind on the series, get current by picking up the Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites TPB, on sale now.

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From Dark Horse Comics: Welcome back to Burden Hill, where the only things stranger than its guardians are the things they protect it from. Evan Dorkin (Calla Cthulhu, Dork, Blackwood) and Jill Thompson (Fables, Scary Godmother) are back once again with a thrilling new installment in the Beast of Burden saga.

Beasts of Burden: The Presence of Others follows the eponymous team of paranormal investigator pets as they investigate the weird happenings of Burden Hill. While poking around the neighborhood, an encroaching team of human occult investigators unwittingly disturb the graveyard where the mysterious “Master” lies. What kind of unforeseen consequences await our intrepid detectives?

Beasts of Burden: The Presence of Others Part One (of two) goes on sale May 1, 2019, and is available for pre-order at your local comic shop. Be sure to catch up on the series by checking out the Beasts of Burden: Animal Rites TPB on sale now at AmazonBarnes & NobleTFAW, and your local comic book shop, as well as Beasts of Burden: Wise Dogs and Eldritch Men HC on sale March 20, 2019, also available for pre-order at AmazonBarnes & NobleTFAW, and your local comic book shop.