Night of the Living Dogs (Chicagoland Detective Agency)
By: Trina Robbins
Publisher: Graphic Universe
Publication Date: March 2012
Reviewed by: Deb Fowler
Review Date: March 12, 2012
Raf was playing one of his three-dimensional games on his Raf-Box as Megan and Bradley looked on. Megan thought his inventions, especially the portable "Raf-Touch," were awesome, but every time he tried to sell them it was a no go. The game companies just dismissed him and the last one simply patted him on the head and sent him home with Squeaky the Squirrel, "a programmable squirrel." Bradley, who had been turned into a "talking dog genius" by a mad scientist, was a partner in the Chicagoland Detective Agency along with Megan and Raf. No one would buy Raf's inventions and until now, buy their super sleuth services. But that had just changed and they were now actually going to work on a case!
Bradley was happy to have "a caper at last," but when Megan told them it was for finding a lost puppy Raf was some disgusted. Rhonda Kanaris and her mother were anxious to find out just where and why a puppy that showed up on their doorstep would suddenly show up and then disappear the next morning. The puppy showed up while they were talking, but Bradley had big time problems with the little yapper...it didn't have any doggie smell! He claimed, "That little mutt in there ain't no dog. Sure he looks like a dog and barks like a dog, but the nose knows." If he wasn't a dog, just what was he?
The gumshoe trio began their investigation in earnest and started their stakeout in a closet to see just where the mutt was going at night. Once the puppy was on the move they zig zagged around the town in search of him as Bradley tracked his scent. They ended up in a most unusual location, the Navy Pier. Megan, Raf, and Bradley also ended up facing a ferocious pack of the mysterious mutt's pals. They began to growl as Bradley once again declared, "You're gonna think I'm nuts, but none of these critters are dogs!" The mystery would only get deeper and more frightening when they learn about a curse, the curse of Lycaon!
Megan, Raf, and "doggy Einstein," Bradley, team up to solve a totally odd 'n awesome missing dog case. Megan, who is into haiku speak, had her work cut out for her when the Chicagoland Detective Agency attempted to solve this most unusual mystery. The case of a simple lost puppy will entrance the young reader as it morphs into one that gets more exciting and weird with every turn of the page. The artwork is done in black and white, a typical manga style that I like and find very appealing. The cast of characters hasn't changed, but the cases are still unusual to say the least. As they claim, there is "no case too weird" for them to tackle, and this is one of the weirdest ones yet.
Quill says: Every young reader from the reluctant one to who just like their mysteries a tad on the odd side, will love this one!