Indie Comic Review: The Pound – Ghouls Night Out #1

Tired of all the seriousness surrounding monsters? Not quite ready to have them as goofy as Count Chocula? Look no further as The Pound strikes the perfect balance of not taking things too seriously without completely going overboard.

When Animal Control specialists Scottie and Howie were laid off by the City of Cleveland and went into business for themselves, they never could have guessed they’d be tangling with werewolves! Scottie and Howie’s business is booming, but the boys are facing government scrutiny, a seemingly endless slew of new creatures to tangle with, and worse yet—visiting in-laws!

I somehow missed the previous issues of The Pound but found it was easy to slip into their world. There was a handy little recap inside the front cover which caught me right up and gave me everything I needed to enjoy the book. The only thing that would have made it easier would be if writers Stephan Nilson and Charles Pritchett had identified Scottie and Howie by name when they first appear. It was three pages before Howie was identified and another page before Scottie. For someone like me, new to the series, I was not quite sure who to follow since the “main” characters were the third set of characters introduced in the book.

The story clips along pretty rapidly as there is a lot happening. There is a new monster to track down. There is some behind the scenes monster activity happening. Worst of all there is a monster mother in law that needs to be dealt with.  All this adds up to an entertaining first issue which sets the stage for a pretty exciting series.

The art by Ibrahim Moustafa sets the tone well. His slightly cartoonish characters deliver their lines with plenty of attitude and a little bit of tongue in cheek. Reading The Pound is a lot like watching an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The characters are cool and all, and you are pretty sure that the vampires should be scary, but there is enough humor and lift to the way the lines are delivered you can’t help but be entertained. Moustafa’s art delivers that same levity without crossing over in to the slapstick levels which could derail the book.

The Pound: Ghoul’s Night Out is a fun book that is light and entertaining. It is able to have fun, poke fun, and generally be fun without completely going overboard. It was a great read and I am looking forward to the next issue.

The Pound: Ghouls Night Out is available now.

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