Although I’ve seen a lot of harsh criticism for Doberman, I’ve continued to enjoy it for what it is. I think people who don’t enjoy it take the comic, and themselves, too seriously. This book isn’t trying to re-invent the wheel by any means but delivers on action and comedy which it sets out to do. The story starts off with Doberman and Newton hanging out and discussing the Chief’s recent heart attack/stroke/aneurysm mishap. Doberman is also trying to get his dog Greenberg to smoke, because why not? But to Doberman’s dismay Greenberg just eats the cigarette. Angie gets there and tries to be serious, telling Doberman that she’s there for him if he needs someone to talk to. However, Doberman has an epiphany in the form of Greenberg’s crap that he decides to take on the floor right in front of everyone. Doberman realizes that Kane has remained clean this whole time while smuggling drugs because he’s hidden them inside the dog’s butts via his charity Third World Pets. Pretty gross, right?
Doberman, Newton, and Angie are able to get evidence of Doberman’s hunch with photographic evidence of the vile process at a nearby warehouse. They think they’ve successfully outsmarted Kane when one of his henchmen points a shotgun at Doberman and company. He forces them to get into Kane’s limo and they have a talk. Some words are exchanged, and Kane wants one of his idiot lackeys to get rid of Doberman’s car. Turns out it’s a bit complicated to start the car, so Doberman helps him out. In typical Doberman fashion, he is able to disarm the guard and surprisingly Newton does some damage as well in the form of face-scratching a nearby opponent. They’re able to escape but Kane gets away with Angie and takes her to his compound.
I don’t want to talk any more about the story since this is the last issue, but overall it’s a satisfying conclusion. I can’t say it was great but I enjoyed my time with this issue like the rest of the series. There weren’t really any laugh-out-loud moments, but I did find the awkwardness of Newton particularly funny this issue. Where Doberman has these heroic, fluid movements of bad-assery, Newton is always trying to scratch faces or land goofy karate moves. He even professes his love for Doberman only to get a cold, non-responsive answer. Overall, if you’re looking for a comic with some humor and a whole lot of action, check out Doberman.
Writers: Scott Marder, Rob Rosell and Jack Lambert Artist: Brandon McKinney Publisher: Dabry Pop/IDW Price: $3.99 Release Date: 1/28/15 Format: Mini-Series; Print/Digital