Book Reviews, Received for Review

ARC Graphic Novel Review: Dead of Winter: Good Good Dog by Kyle Starks

Dead of Winter: Good Good Dog by Kyle Starks and illustrated by Gabo
Genre: Horror | Graphic Novel
Length: 112 pages
Published on 17th April 2018 by Oni Press
Purchase: Amazon | TBD
Kyle Starks: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Gabo: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
eCopy received from Publisher via NetGalley

Air Bud meets The Walking Dead!
From the tabletop smash hit comes this new comic series starring your favorite characters from Plaid Hat Games’ DEAD OF WINTER, written by Kyle Starks (the Eisner Award-nominated Sexcastle), and illustrated by Gabo (The Life After).

In the pantheon of superheroes, none are more loveable and loyal than everyone’s favorite good ol’ dog, Sparky. Surviving in the wintery apocalypse of the undead, this former TV show stunt dog turned zombie killing machine just wants to make friends and be a good boy. As his fellow survivors scavenge for supplies in the frigid wasteland, will Sparky be able to protect his companions from threats both undead and otherwise? Collects issues #1-4 from the “Good Good Dog” storyline from DEAD OF WINTER!

I was browsing NetGalley on a day I really shouldn’t have – a day I was submitting reviews to help get me to that sweet 80%.

I figured a quick glance at the graphic novels would be safe.

However, there ready to be read was Dead of Winter.

I.E. the board game that my boyfriend gifted me last year. That we play as much as we can when I visit.

And it featured and starred our favourite character Sparky the dog.

Um yess I was going to download it.

Story wise its pretty straight forward and there was a decent amount of nods to the game.

Focusing on surviving, coming across other characters, dealing with the consequences of whether to save them or not, searching for supplies to keep the group happy, and of course the zombies.

Sparky was a key character even though the majority of the graphic novel wasn’t from his point of view. We got to see a bunch of his flashbacks to help understand how he knew how to save people, the lives he’d saved and lost, and why he is still such a good good boy.

He a very good boy. All the pets for sparky.

One of my favourite nods to the game is the use of the same damage tokens that appear in game. If you recieve 3 of the red blood drops you’re dead and a blue frostbite that indicates you’ll take a damage per turn unless healed.

I think my biggest gripe is that the art wasn’t really my favourite. I felt Sparky was done to a better standard when compared to people. It wasn’t terrible its just not like my usual graphic novel choices – where I pick stuff up because the art is pretty and appealing to me.

I’m glad I still gave it a chance regardless. I read this is one sitting whilst waiting for food.

3.5 stars / 5 stars
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