In the week leading up to the 2017 Will Eisner Awards voting deadline this Friday, the Comics Beat will feature a series of “For Your Consideration” posts highlighting a number of the nominees as a celebration of their well-deserved acknowledgement. We’ll feature some never-before-seen behind the scenes content and some of the books’ gorgeous interiors. We encourage all of our readers to check these titles out and all of the eligible comics industry members to vote for the titles they think best exemplify what make comics great.
Every winter, our screens and shelves are absolutely inundated with holiday specials. While many of these stories are entertaining and many are simply saccharine (sometimes both), the true mark of a great holiday special is one that can cut through the forced smiles that accompany holiday stories and create a genuine sense of pathos. “Good Boy,” written by Tom King, pencilled and inked by David Finch, colored by Gabe Eltaeb, and lettered by Deron Bennett, is one of those rare stories. Originally appearing in last November’s Batman Annual #1, “Good Boy” follows the journey of Ace, a crazed dog that Batman discovers after the animal has been subjected to torture by the Joker. While Bruce initially wants nothing to do with Ace, Alfred tries to rehabilitate him instead. The results are violent and…surprising.
“Good Boy” is nominated for the Eisner award for Best Short Story.
As King revealed in adorable Twitter post, “Good Boy” was inspired by his pupper, Roxy. Fingers crossed Roxy wasn’t quite as rambunctious as Ace is!
Inspiration for today’s Batman Annual. My feisty little shelter dog, Roxy. pic.twitter.com/wHZv0fZ2s4
— Tom King (@TomKingTK) November 30, 2016
Courtesy of DC Comics, the Beat presents the entirety of “Good Boy” for your consideration:
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