Page 45 Review by Stephen
Dan Berry draws the best cats ever!
Also the best dead bunnies. Here black cat Jerry stands proud yet insouciant over his latest conquest which he has just dragged through a hedge backwards and into Marks kitchen. Mark is on the phone to his missus:
I think Jerry got next doors rabbit
(Jerry! Get Inside!)
Richard is going to go flipping mental.
Poor thing must have died of fright. Jerry barely left a mark on her.
Richards mental anyway its his default setting. A huffing and puffing volcano of pot-bellied, middle-aged rage, Richard is the very last self-righteous, self-centred git youd want as a neighbour. Snow-haired Helen, however, is a lovely, but she is in a bit of a quandary. Before Marks return from holiday, you see, she was tasked with looking after their black cat Jerry and aging canine Cruncher. And Crunchers just bitten the dust.
Helen dutifully rings Mark, and then the vets, but there is still the question of transport. Elderly Helen doesnt drive. Thankfully Richard does and has just pulled up in his driveway, slamming the car door shut.
Good morning, Richard!
Not really, if Im honest, Helen.
Im sorry to hear that
Im not having a good day myself. You see
Whatever it is that you want, it can WAIT.
I am in the middle of an EMERGENCY today.
A FAMILY emergency.
So youll forgive me if I dont suddenly DROP everything an come running. <coff!> <coff!>
Well ok. Im sorry.
Can you still do Wednesday afternoon?
Well, of course I can.
Good. Dont be late this time.
Which is nice.
So, whats Helen to do? Cruncher isnt a small, yappy-type dog. But, if curled up, he might just about fit in Helens big trolley-suitcase. Its going to be bit of a job hauling it up onto the bus, but hopefully some kind sole will give her a helping hand. As long as they dont ask whats in it
There are your component parts, then: a dead rabbit, a dead dog, a suitcase; an angry neighbour with a fixation on Top Gear, a put-upon Helen and a slightly dazed Mark. What more could possibly go wrong?
A prime suburban comedy in three acts, THE SUITCASE is exquisitely structured for maximum satisfaction and laugh-out-loud comedy.
Moreover, Dan Berrys cartooning the body language, baggy eyes, and explosions of crimson-faced, misanthropic anger is delicious. Oh yes, the colours: russet leaves of early autumn still hugging the hedges and trees between crisp, white houses over warm, grey asphalt. I even fell in love with the chequered linoleum in Marks two-tone kitchen.
From the creator of HEY YOU! which we made Page 45 Comicbook Of The Month for May 2013.