Legend, the comics debut of novelist Samuel Sattin with artist Chris Koehler, is a story of what happens to domesticated animals after a biological attack leaves most of humanity dead and the rest mutated. After a successful run as a mini series, Legend has now been released as a 168-page trade paperback by Z2 Comics.

The trade includes a gallery of fan art inspired by Legend, and we're happy to present an expanded and exclusive version of that gallery here. It's not surprising that fan artists would be inspired by a cast of warrior dogs and cunning cats; even as they fight for their lives, they're still pretty cute, and some of these artists are especially great at drawing that out.

The art by Chris Koehler in the comic itself, which you can see below, is also well worth checking out. I love the colors that he uses to represent a dog's eyesight. It's a special challenge to make a group of dogs seem like individuals, and he and Sattin manage to do exactly that.



Here's the official word from Z2 Comics:

What if a biological terror agent wiped out most of humanity, and our domesticated animals were left in charge? How would our dogs and cats set about ruling and rebuilding the world?

This November, acclaimed novelist Samuel Sattin (THE SILENT END) and award-winning artist Chris Koehler make their graphic novel debut with LEGEND: DEFEND THE GROUNDS, a post-apocalyptic tale where cat technology rules, dogs partner with hawks, and humans may be the most beastly creatures of all. Originally published to widespread acclaim in comic book form by Z2 Comics and now available for the first time as a graphic novel, LEGEND tackles some of the important issues facing us today -- religious conflict, opposing political systems, and the environment, all told through the eyes of our own best friends.

As LEGEND begins, the leader of the Dog Tribe has been murdered by a mysterious creature known as the Endark. An English Pointer named Legend reluctantly rises to lead his tribe, vowing to kill the monster once and for all. Novelist Samuel Sattin and Chris Koehler, whose illustrations have appeared in The Atlantic and Wired, have created a reading experience that recalls beloved stories while creating something entirely new.  Since dogs actually see the world differently than we do, Koehler employs a chromatic, saturated glow for the canine world. LEGEND combines unforgettable characters, exceptional world building, and unrelenting tension to deliver an unforgettable read.