Belka and Strelka were Soviet space dogs. That’s really all you need to know about them for this story because this charming one-shot from creator Ceri Langell is a “what if” of sorts. What’s really impressive and great about this one-shot is that is that there isn’t any dialogue. Our two characters can’t talk because they’re dogs and the beings they encounter are alien. That said, Langell puts a ton of effort into the two character’s visual personalities. Belka is excited and adventurous, while Strelka is scared and nervous. As I said, they encounter aliens. Something strange happens to Strelka during their first encounter, but it turns out to be the change Strelka needed.
It’s a fast read so I won’t spoil any more of the story for you. It’s an incredible fun and cute tale. I know that a lot of readers will shy away from the “cute” part, but I found that extremely pleasant. It was an up lifting story that had a moral and was ridiculous, yet entertaining. The story has superb pacing as the adventure is quick, but rewarding.
Having read some of Langell’s other stories, I will say that I’m a big fan of her art. It’s what caught my eye at New York Comic Con two years ago. The art here is delightful. The line work is clean and yet energetic. It feels loose and yet intentional. Langell really has a style that is unique and I would love to see even more from her.
Sure there’s not a lot to say about this comic, but sometimes the best comics are that way. Sometimes you just need to experience them for yourself. If you’re looking for a kid friendly, but still rewarding comic that reminds you that not all comics need to be dark and depressing… check out Belka and Strelka. It’s an uplifting one-shot that will put a smile on your face.
Belka and Strelka Creator: Ceri Langell Self-Published Price: $5.50 (Print), $0.99 (Digital) Format: One-Shot; Print/Digital Website