This comic is graphic, scary, and now I can add intellectually engaging. I have nothing but praise for this.
This issue begins with a flashback to when Archie is young and his parents took him to adopt a puppy. Archie’s mom, Mary, is struck with sadness as she remembers having a dog as a child, and when the dog died, having to face the realization that death is an inevitable part of life, something her own young son must one day learn.
Mary: …I’m just remembering the dog I had, when I was a girl. Spotty. How overjoyed I was when I got him, and how utterly devastated I was when… when…
Fred: Spotty was a good dog.
Mary: He was, and it was the most awful feeling, Fred, and I can’t bear the thought of Archie going through it.
Fred: Yes, but that’s years from now, Mary. And sad…
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