Book Review: Kennel Block Blues

Kennel block BluesKennel Block Blues #1

Publisher: Boom Studios

Writer: Ryan Ferrier

Art: Daniel Bayliss

Color: Adam Metcalfe

Letterer: Colin Bell

So what would you do if you were picked up and dragged to the big house. In this case the big house is the Jackson State Kennel. Yeah that is right, Kennel. You have to be a dog or cat. Well in this new book from writer Ryan Ferrier (Dav3) and artist Daniel Bayliss (Translucid) we get to see that through the eyes of Oliver. Oliver is a pup and he has been picked up and sent to the pound. Along with other inmates that are waiting their turns at the getting the big sleep

kennel_block_blues_001_press-6Folks I have to say that this is one interesting look at a world as an animal would see it. A musical prison drama with a mix of humor. Oliver you see has a hard time adjusting to life in the big house. To cope with this Oliver likes to break out in song and dance. The world then becomes a world of 1930 cartoons where everyone is happy and singing. At first I thought Oliver maybe tripping here but no just his way of making some good out of a bad situation.

I have been a fan of Ryan Ferrier work since I first found Dav3 and I have to say his writing styling is some of the most enjoyable I have read. The dialogue bounces back and forth between reality and the happy cartoon sing-a-long.

The art work of Daniel Bayliss and color by Adam Metcalfe slide easily between the hard reality of life in prison to the cartoon styles of 1930 Walt Disney or Fleischer Studios. I love the mix of styles.

If you like prison dramas with sing and dance numbers and old cartoons then Kennel Block Blues is the book you want to read.

So in the end I give Kennel Block Blues #1 4.5 pops out of 5

Remember comics are to be enjoyed. Not destroyed.


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