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Hardman, Gabriel.
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Berkley, CA : Image Comics, 2014.
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142 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
The story of a boy and his dog. Only the boy is a traveling salesman and the dog doesn't belong to him. Joe's self-styled mission to save a puppy from its neglectful owners escalates into a righteous crusade in this quirky crime thriller.
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"He offers a spare but always involving story that both embraces noirand turns it on its head." -- Booklist

A salesman'sself-styled mission to save a puppy from its neglectful owners escalates into arighteous crusade in this quirky crime thriller written and drawn by GABRIELHARDMAN (Hulk, Heathentown, Planet of the Apes).

"Hardman...createsa tense atmosphere that makes Kinski the Breaking Bad of dognappingtales." - A.V. Club

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Booklist Review

An offbeat crime story about a jerk who steals a dog, Kinski feels like a Coen brothers movie, where a selfish choice leads, one small disaster at a time, to an unfortunate reckoning. Joe is a down-on-his-luck salesman who is drawn to a lost dog, only to find the animal claimed by its proper owners. Stealing him away from the child and heading back to his hometown by car, Joe follows the dog, renamed Kinski, into slow-brewing but ultimately violent trouble. Hardman captures the atmosphere and many of the trappings of a crime thriller, yet there is something undeniably good-natured about the tale as Joe, in the tradition of characters who have loved dogs throughout literary history, is inevitably drawn toward a better version of himself. Hardman's background as a film storyboard artist is clear in the economical but never rushed pace and emotional rhythm of his inky black-and-white art, while he offers a spare but always involving story that both embraces noir and turns it on its head.--Karp, Jesse Copyright 2015 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

After his success with licensed comics, Hardman (Planet of the Apes) has created an original story-a fast-paced thriller about a man who falls in love with a little black Labrador puppy that he names Kinski. Joe, a traveling salesman, finds the puppy and decides to keep him, but soon the dogcatcher takes Kinski away. Joe is supposed to wait a few days for the owners to have a chance to reclaim their pet, but instead he shows up at the pound in disguise and pretends that the dog is his. When he finds out the true owner has already picked up Kinski, he gets the address and steals the dog from a child. In a tense race across the bleak western landscape, Joe chases the dog through trailer parks and battles violent men. He has to make interesting moral decisions, sacrificing much for his seemingly loony love of the animal. The ending is somewhat predictable but satisfying nonetheless. The art is standard action-comic fare, though more retro and expressive then usual, with great, nuanced character design. Kinski comes across vividly, with his floppy, heavy body and swinging tongue, making this a lightweight romp for comics-reading dog lovers. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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