It's been two years since the last installment of Dark Horse's creepy critter comic Beasts of Burden, but that long wait comes to an end this May with the release of a brand new one shot! Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In reunites Evan Dorkin, Sarah Dyer and Jill Thompson as the cats of Burden Hill investigate a black magic mystery.

The series has won its creators widespread acclaim, not just from its devoted fanbase, but in the form of multiple Eisner Awards over its sporadic publication, including three separate Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (Interior Art) awards for Jill Thompson.

However, the release of a new Beasts of Burden story in 2016 may come as a surprise to many after Evan Dorkin revealed late last year that the series was effectively over.

In an interview with this site in November, Dorkin remarked"Beasts of Burden is in a coma, Jill [Thompson] hasn’t turned in a new page since early 2014, there are three scripts still to be drawn in total, and I consider the project dead until and unless a miracle happens." It appears that miracle has indeed occurred, and the Beasts have risen from the dead.

 

 

Here's the full press release from Dark Horse:

 

Evan Dorkin (Eltingville Club, Milk and Cheese), Sarah Dyer (The Dark Horse Book of Monsters) and Jill Thompson (Scary Godmother) return to the characters that won them the Eisner Awards for Best Short Story and Best Publication for Teens with a new one-shot comic: Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In!

This standalone adventure is a perfect entry point for readers new to the award-winning series. When curiosity gets the best of Burden Hill’s cats (and one reluctant raccoon), sleeping demons are awakened and black magic is unleashed on the town of Burden Hill.

Multiple award-winning comics creators Evan Dorkin and Jill Thompson first introduced these very special investigators in The Dark Horse Book of Hauntings and the other Dark Horse Book of . . . anthologies, for which they won coveted Eisner Awards for Best Short Story and Best Painter.

In 2009, the beasts of Burden Hill received their own miniseries, Animal Rites, which garnered widespread critical acclaim. In 2010, they met up with Mike Mignola’s Hellboy, cementing these unlikely heroes in the pages of Dark Horse history.

The one-shot Beasts of Burden: What the Cat Dragged In (MAR160030) is in stores May 4, 2016. Preorder your copy today at your local comic shop!