A New Specter On The Hill In Beasts Of Burden: The Presence Of Others #2

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
A vision of an arisen spectre haunts Paul as he wakes up. He finds the Beasts of Burden Hill as well as Sabina and Russell surrounding him. The dogs and cats got him out of the crypt. They lost track of the rats though. Jack suddenly gets a vision of his own shortly before a massive murder of crows attacks the group. They retreat to Paul’s car, and one of the cats is able to disperse the crows. Afterwards, Paul makes a very desperate decision.

Beasts of Burden: The Presence of Others #2 cover by Jill Thompson
Beasts of Burden: The Presence of Others #2 cover by Jill Thompson

Beasts of Burden: The Presence of Others #2 finds Paul, Sabina, Russell, and the Beasts of Burden Hill under attack from a new supernatural force in Burden Hill. Paul’s family sees just how dangerous things can get in Burden Hill, and Paul himself makes a rash decision.
As always, Beasts of Burden comes out with another fun and engaging issue here. The Beasts of Burden Hill make for good leads, and Paul’s family make for an interesting addition to the mix.
The final twist of the issue could be argued to come out of nowhere, but it represents enough of a base instinct for your average person that I was able to buy it.
I do hope that this isn’t the last we see of Paul, Sabina, and Russell. Their family dynamic could make a good addition to future Beasts of Burden stories.
Beasts of Burden: The Presence of Others #2 art by Benjamin Dewey and letterer Nate Piekos of Blambot
Beasts of Burden: The Presence of Others #2 art by Benjamin Dewey and letterer Nate Piekos of Blambot

Benjamin Dewey’s artwork is well-suited to the Beasts of Burden universe. It’s equal parts cute, fantastical, and vaguely unnerving. The dogs can appear innocent and docile in one panel then vicious and driven in the next. His color art is similarly beautiful and brings a nice balance of shades to the book.
Beasts of Burden: The Presence of Others #2 is closes another short addition to the Beasts of Burden mythos. Paul and his family are an engaging addition to the cast, and the new villain is downright chilling. This one definitely gets a recommendation. Check it out.
Beasts of Burden: The Presence of Others #2 comes to us from writer Evan Dorkin, artist Benjamin Dewey, letterer Nate Piekos of Blambot, and cover artist Jill Thompson.

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