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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