Ever wondered where the bad guys get their henchmen? I mean one would think that it would be rather tricky to fulfill a position where you have to dress up in a silly outfit, be ordered around by a megalomaniac and most likely take endless batterings from Super Heroes? The comic “Dober-man – the canine crusaders, The great Caper of crime” explores this issue in a highly amusing way. This review contains spoilers but I won’t give away all the story as I really think you should have a go at reading this one shot from Gray Haven Comics.
WRITTEN BY: Travis M Holyfield
ART: Edward Whatley
PUBLISHER: Gray Haven Comics
Dober-man – the canine crusaders is described as an “all-ages-friendly superhero romp in the grand tradition of the Silver Age of Comics!” and I have to say that description is spot on. If you like your super heroes a bit retro you’ll love this comic. As someone who grew up watching Adam West lark around as Batman this comic is hilarious. The concept is this; Dober-man and his sidekick Beagle fight crime and annoy the hell out of bad guys. The bad guys keep on trying to get rid of their doggie problems by creating ridiculous death traps with the help of rented henchmen from a company called “GMR – Staffing”. GMR temp staff provides you with henchmen with upper body strength, that are not very bright and can take a punch! One newcomer to the henchmen temp fold is Calvin Later who starts questioning why they work for diabolical idiots who waste all their money on building silly death traps to fight Dober-man, Calvin instead suggest to his work mates that perhaps they should just rob their employers instead. These crime on crime ventures get reported back to Dober-man who decides to investigate even though Beagle points out that crime affecting criminals can’t be all that bad.
I really liked this comic, it is both funny and clever for someone who is a fan of the Silver Age of Comics or indeed the old Batman show, but also for newer fans. I read this to my little boy who is soon 5 years and he really enjoyed it too. He might be a bit young to understand all the clever jokes but he still enjoyed the storyline and all the action. So check this beautiful little gem of a comic out I don’t think you’ll regret it!