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Review: The Dog Years #8

The Dog Years #8

As all of us have our own individual circles. Our friends are often our lifeline to the rest of the world. Some of us rely on family, while others rely on friends. Then there are people like me who rely on both as guiding lights and sounding boards. What most of us don’t realize, is that we don’t share everything with each other.

In my place of work, I had one coworker who wanted to know everyone personally, but her goal was more impersonal. She just wanted to gossip as I found out painfully. This type of behavior breeds mistrust and is often why people hide things from their friends. In the eighth issue of The Dog Years, Trey and Jalissa try to move on while Kirklynn deals with a toxic relationship.

We catch up with Jalissa on a date with Milton, where she finds herself distracted with the events of the past few weeks, as he finds a way to make it less complicated than a typical date. We also find out more about Kirklynn, whose deadbeat live-in boyfriend’s flaws surface more and more and whose professional life is even treacherous. We also find Trey having a harder time with Mr. Kyong, as he found about his indiscretion with an intern, something that leaves him in a compromising position. By the issue’s end, Kirklynn finally kicks out her boyfriend but gets some life-changing news.

Overall, the best issue yet. The story by Andre Roberts is hilarious. The art by Roberts is beyond belief. Altogether, The Dog Years #8 shows the struggle in all the colors of life.

Story: Andre Roberts Art: Andre Roberts
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: The Dog Years #7

The Dog Years #7

If I can think of a time when black films had its heyday, it definitely was the 1990s. This was a time where black filmmakers found a voice and became behemoths in their own right. Take, for instance, Spike Lee who found some success in the 1980s, but it’s not until the 1990s, that his films became a part of the narrative. John Singleton also made his first film during this time and spoke for a generation who felt largely unseen.

Another auteur who found their voice during this era is Reginald Hudlin. He’s primarily known as a producer now and being a producer for the short-lived but well done Black Panther cartoon and comic. He and his brother initially made their mark onscreen with the iconic House Party movie. In the seventh issue of The Dog Years, Trey’s origin story resembles one of the characters in that film.

We catch up with Trey soon after his wild night at, the Donkey Club, where Rasheed sees he went home with a stripper. Rasheed blows up at Trey for sleeping with the stripper he was interested in and the day only gets worse as he has trouble at work as well. We find out about his best friend throughout high school and how he met Rasheed. By the issue’s end, Trey’s job is in jeopardy by taking one fun dalliance at work.

Overall, a humorous issue about friends and passive-aggressive behavior. The story by Andre Roberts is very funny. The art by Roberts is astonishing. Altogether, The Dog Years #7 shows the difficulties of friendships.

Story: Andre Roberts Art: Andre Roberts
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: The Dog Years #6

The Dog Years #6

In romantic comedies, there’s always those montages where we see the two sides of a date. One of the classic montages was in a movie not considered a romantic comedy, but a perfect example which was Jungle Fever, where a room of black women talks about the reality of relationships in the African American community and why so many look outside of the community for companionship.

Our friends tend to be the first place we look for advice which is not biased. Our friends and sometimes our family is where we look for counsel. In the sixth issue of The Dog Years, Trey and Jalissa tell their friends their business.

We catch up with Trey son after his encounter with Jalissa,  as he sulks in his guilt about their breakup, even though for a moment, it felt hopeful for a reconciliation, which his friends look to take him out of his funk, by taking him to the local strip club, the Donkey Club. We also find Jalissa, trying to move on again, going out on a date with someone who feigned interest for her before but because she was with Trey, she ignored until now. As the reader is treated to a tour what really goes on in a strip club and the personalities you will see there. By the issue’s end, the club catches fire and Trey finds a surprise in his bed the next morning.

Overall, a funny issue about the trouble your friends get you in. The story by Andre Roberts is hilarious. The art by Roberts is astounding. Altogether, The Dog Years #6 is like the best episode of any sitcom.

Story: Andre Roberts Art: Andre Roberts
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: The Dog Years #5

The Dog Years #5

”Relationships are complicated” is an often overused sentiment that is both true and pessimistic. I find it’s a way to mask what is really going on in relationships. This is the hard work that occurs, where you actually have to work at making it livable. Sometimes, couples even go to see therapists or their religious minister as an independent ear.

It’s the opposition to such forums for arbitration that leaves couple either ending it or in messes. Then there are the couples in transition between those two extremes. Those are the ones that can go either way. In the fifth issue of The Dog Years, Trey and Jalissa finally have that talk.

We catch up with Trey, as he wakes in a jail cell, thinking back to where he went wrong with Jalissa. As he gets his one phone call, he calls the one person he never imagined, and she answers to his surprise. Jalissa ends up bailing out Trey, and on the drive back, they finally have the talk they should have had before their friends got into their heads. By issue’s end, Trey and Jalissa eventually reconcile, through tears and fighting, starting again in a better place.

Overall, a relevant issue about exes and how they know us so well. The story by Andre Roberts is highly amusing. The art by Roberts is dazzling. Altogether, an issue that plays on the book’s strengths.

Story: Andre Roberts Art: Andre Roberts
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: The Dog Years #3

The Dog Years #3

The problem with working with friends is more than one can enumerate. You think it would be easy but you may know them only as friends. In my experience, working with friends can be more stressful than working with complete strangers. You get on each other nerves much quicker than most.

In the third issue of The Dog Years, Trey and his friends finally make their video but not without a few hiccups.

We catch up with Trey, as he, Rasheed, and the guys start auditioning girls for their video. That catches the attention of the local video phenomenon, Killa Cam Video. Soon, one of Rasheed’s supposed girlfriends show up for an audition which also prompts Cyphe to bring an older stripper making for a big age gap in their production. Jalissa has started to get back to reading books to get her mind off of things but not before one of her girlfriends makes a plea for them to go out. By the issue’s end, Trey tries to get the rest of his stuff from Jalissa but not before her friend starts some trouble with the police.

Overall, The Dog Years #3 is an interesting issue about bad friends. The story by Andre Roberts is side-splitting. The art by Roberts is outstanding. Altogether, a series that gets better with each issue.

Story: Andre Roberts Art: Andre Roberts
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Review: The Dog Years #2

When people take breaks from relationships, they tend to be a time for self-discovery. You may have forgotten who you were before the relationship. This is usually a sentiment your friends remind you of more than a few times. At times, the one you were with, can make you become someone you don’t recognize.

This is why maintaining your friendships outside of relationships are critical to your emotional well being. Within your relationship, you all may tell each other who you are to a point. While friendships are meant for you to grow yourself and your friends generally do not have any filters in telling you about yourself openly and honestly. In the second issue of The Dog Years, we meet one couple who are trying to figure out love and life in no certain order.

We catch up with Jalissa as she wallows in her misery, the failure of her relationship, and missing Trey. It’s something her friends look to distract her form by taking her to one of the biggest beaches, Booty Beach Fest. We also catch up with Trey who with his friends. They try to recruit some girls at the same party for a video, not before the creator gives us an excellent guide to the types of people you will find at these types of events. Eventually, his friends get him distracted from thinking about Jalissa by convincing a video girl to flirt with him. By issue’s end, Trey decides to let loose, but not before Jalissa catches eyeshot of what’s going on.

Overall, a dated but hilarious look at what happens at these massive beach parties. The story by Andre Roberts is hilarious. The art by Roberts is superb. Altogether, a funny and relatable tale of friendships and relationships.

Purchase: Amazon

Story: Andre Roberts Art: Andre Roberts
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy