Graphic Novel Review 228/365: Kennel Block Blues

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Today I’m bringing you a title that’s absolutely crazy…

Title: Kennel Block Blues

Author(s): Ryan Ferrier, Daniel Bayliss, and Adam Metcalfe

Publisher: Boom! Studios (2016)

Age Rating: 17+

This is one of those books that you might not hear about unless you have a friend obsessed with comics.  Luckily, you have me!

This book is bonkers…basic story: this dog named Oliver goes to prison, and all he wants to do is get back home.  The prison is swarming with dogs and cats at odds, all looking for an angle and most looking for some sort of revenge.  When Oliver feels scared or threatened, he imagines himself in a fun, song-filled 1930’s cartoon:

Oliver’s imagination explodes onto the page, most of the time in inappropriate manifestations like a character that’s just been stabbed, expelling ribbons of candy and song instead of blood.  The art is sick good.  Bayliss and Metcalfe come together to deliver a visual feast that accompanies Ferrier’s story in ways in which he must be overjoyed!  This is one seriously interesting, disturbing, beautiful comic that fans of the medium should check out.  It’s nothing like I’ve ever read, and no matter if you love it or find it disturbing, you can’t sleep on its creativity and originality.  And only four issues, it’s a quick read.  A read that you will put down, wonder what you just read, want to give it to someone to read, forget about it, find it again, review it, and give it to someone.

Happy reading!


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