Kennel Block Blues #1

Kennel Block Blues #1

Writer: Ryan Ferrier Artist: Daniel Bayliss Publisher: Boom! Studios Release Date: February 3, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 2
8.5Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

What's to Love: From Oz to Shawshank Redemption, we just love great prison dramas. But what if the prison in an animal shelter? Ryan Ferrier (Curb Stomp) and Daniel Bayliss (Translucid) combine the tradition of great anthropomorphic stories like Wild's End and Blacksad with the madcap twists of Six-Gun Gorilla and The Spire in their new series Kennel Block Blues.

What It Is: Oliver is a good dog. A family dog. But without warning, he's sentenced to Jackson Kennel, where he's instantly placed on Death Row with the rest of his fellow inmates, awaiting a lethal appointment on The Table if salvation doesn't come. He'll need help escaping the Kennel, but when the stress of prison life builds, he starts escaping reality instead, imagining a fantasy world of cartoon friends. It's time to break out...into a musical number?

  • 10
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg Feb 2, 2016

    I totally enjoyed Kennel Block Blues #1. There are so many characters to latch onto. Oliver leads the way, as he just wants to go home to his loving family. Yet he's making the most out of a bad situation. Eternal optimism. I can appreciate that. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AiPT! - Kyle Welch Feb 2, 2016

    Kennel Block Blues #1 is a story you won't get anywhere else. For me it is the reason I read comics. Bayliss and Metcalfe can experiment with styles,colors and layouts while Ferrier can mix humor within a depressing prison landscape. Kennel Block Blues is something special. It is the bright and merry delusions of a creative team in an otherwise often flat and gloomy comic landscape. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    PopOptiq - Anthony Spataro Feb 3, 2016

    Kennel Block Blues does an excellent job at parodying prison genre tropes through many of its sequences that perhaps shows how beaten down the genre really is but manages to stay fresh and even off-putting at times within thisanthropomorphic world. By having animals take the place of humans into positions of vulnerability paints this heightened picture of perhaps what it might feel like fora dog or cat to beput behind a locked fence. As much as there is a lighter tone to Kennel Block Blues, there is a dark underbelly behind the scruffy worried smile of Oliver that becomes even more mysterious upon the issues final pages. The creative team has done a great, confident job at setting the balanced tone early. It will be very interesting to see if Oliver will eventually come to terms with his reality or whether his ignorance will get the better of him. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Nikki Sherman Jan 19, 2016

    Kennel Block Blues #1 is a delight to read and provides a really fresh take on the "prison" subject matter. This issue sheds light on some of the sadder parts of domestic animal life, but keeps the story moving as well. The characters have a lot of charm, and I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes next.Kennel Block Blues hits the right notes with a compelling story and beautiful art. Way to go, team! Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - John McCubbin Feb 2, 2016

    Kennel Block Blues #1 introduces us to a weird and wonderful new tale, with the creative team giving us something worth looking out for. Taking the conventional prison setting and inserting animals in place of humans, Ferrier and Bayliss deliver a fun and exciting first issue, with it getting a much deserved recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Feb 1, 2016

    Bottom line is, this weirdly awesome series is going to get really good from here on out. I am reminded of Shawshank Redemption, when Andy Dufresne was new in prison and said he was innocent. Oliver says he is innocent, too, but who knows if he really is? Will the truth be revealed? Will he get out of the kennel? If so, can he handle what time he has left inside of it? Keep up with the series to find out! Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Multiversity Comics - Stephenson Ardern-Sodje Feb 4, 2016

    While "Kennel Block Blues" is, ostensibly, a prison drama, there is a distinct element of mystery at play that means that this first issue asks a lot more questions than it answers.This first issue clips along at a great pace, barely stopping for breath in a way that feels like it mirrors Oliver's own uncertainty with the situation. Throughout the issue we see glimpses of the wider world at Jackson through Oliver's innocent eyes, and it's clear there's something much more going on underneath the surface. With only four issues to play out the full story it almost feels as though Ferrier and Bayliss are offering up too many potential avenues to explore, but it'll definitely be interesting to see which they choose to develop further. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Project-Nerd - Anne Feb 5, 2016

    Overall, Kennel Block Blues was an enjoyable comic to read. This first issue didn't delve too far into Oliver's "prison" experience, but I look forward to seeing just how well this cheery, space cadet of a dog learns to cope and survive in what is to him, a foreign environment. Don't let the bright and colorful cover fool you: this isn't really a comic aimed at young readers. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys comics with slightly different art and storytelling styles, and definitely to any dog people. Cat people"maybe not as enjoyable for you guys. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Tyler Pollock Jan 12, 2016

    The team behind this book absolutely killed it and left me wanting much, much more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Asa Giannini Feb 3, 2016

    All of the strangeness could be a turnoff in ‘Kennel Block Blues', but Ferrier's sharp dialogue and a general sense of creativity turns it into a fascinating first issue. It remains quite possible that the series will become too wrapped up in its own madness and fall apart, but one issue in, it seems just as likely to be a manic masterpiece. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Heather Hurt Feb 6, 2016

    Kennel Block Blues #1 had some very basic plot explanation issues but was otherwise highly entertaining. The control of the two separate art styles made the book a very entertaining to read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Feb 4, 2016

    Ultimately, this debut issue is less about progressing any story, and more just setting up the weird world of Kennel Block Blues - and while this series' main hook is simply its off-the-wall aesthetics, there might be something deeper to this book's pedigree. Read Full Review

  • 6.9
    Geeked Out Nation - Grant Raycroft Feb 4, 2016

    Kennel Block Blues #1 is a strange animal. The creative team makes a bizarre world of humanoid pets trapped in their equivalent of a prison and it's uncertain if certain choices cage them up. Ryan Ferrier tries some original ideas with its central character, Oliver, but most of it reads like a typical prison story. The artwork by Daniel Bayliss and Adam Metcalfe are what save this endeavor, creating an ever-changing landscape that swaps between tactile and cartoonish. Maybe this type of mash-up is better suited for someone else. It's nothing short of an off-the-wall concept that makes for good conversation that is open to a lot of interesting ideas, but the first issue has several light stumbles out the gate. Read Full Review

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