The Phoenix Presents are the go-to choice for many comic-loving and graphic novel reading children. Good Dog, Bad Dog: Double Identity is another fantastic example of just why ‘The Phoenix Presents’ publications are so popular.
When Kirk Bergman and Duncan McBoo are called into the Wiener Brothers Studios in Collie-wood to solve the mystery of some unwanted hate mail they didn’t expect for things to take an explosive turn. Now there’s a potential murder to investigate and it is up to the hot-shot detectives to identify the culprit.
But can the starstruck doggy detectives solve the crime before the killer strikes again? Especially with all of the celebrity distractions…McBoo is autograph hunting and Bergman has eyes only for female director Ada Vulpino. Lights, camera, action…
An über cool setting provides the perfect backdrop for this action-packed mystery. The slick story-telling and fast-paced narrative will keep readers engaged from start to finish. Coupled with the action are jokes, puns and slapstick humour in abundance ensuring there is never a dull moment.
Bergman and McBoo are the typical, good cop, bad cop duo and are the perfect counter to each other. Bergman is sharp, witty and no nonsense while his buddy McBoo is relied upon for the humorous antics and mostly inept cop behaviour. In all truth, McBoo would rather be sniffing out food than sniffing out the culprit.
The movie industry in Muttropolis is not all glitz and glamour. A plethora of dark and shady characters keep things edgy and ensure that Bergman and McBoo have their work cut out trying to infiltrate the world of movie stars, celebrities and producers who will do anything to make a quick buck. The many twists and turns will keep readers guessing right until the end.
This feels like a proper grown-up graphic novel and its dark and gritty film noir vibe will hold much appeal to readers of all ages.
Recommended for 9+.