Updated on 16 October, 2021
"Baby Blues" by Pamela Smith is the second book of the "Babys in Need" series. This book is about a new family, the Montgomerons, who have just been married. Pamela Smith has done an amazing job creating a believable character and this series has made some in the parenting community very happy.
The first book in this series was "Babys in Need: The Adventures of Five Little Frowns", which was released in 2021. I enjoyed that book very much, but I always felt a little under-utilized, not to mention that it was a bit too serious for my tastes. "Baby Blues" seems to be a better fit for the light-hearted female readers of the world. It's entertaining and has lots of cute moments and fun stories about the Montgomers.
The history of the Montgomeron family is actually very interesting. Their first full mother is an escaped slave who becomes their grandmother after they are brought to America. They are black in the beginning, but after they get separated, they are half white and half Montgomeron. The comic is focused on them and how they deal with their differences. It's a funny read with good lessons that every child should learn.
Smith has created four main characters in this book, and each one is funny in their own way. There is Cotton Wood, the lively but slightly dim character, who falls in love with the first black woman he meets. Amy Wood, the snappy but slightly uptight girl, is attracted to Cotton because of his bright red hair. Then there is Amy's boyfriend, Doc, a blind diabetic who is a great mechanic and loves animals.
The Montgomeron girl is named Amy and she is the mother to Cotton, Cottonwood, and Doc. Her relationship with the other three main characters is a bit shaky at times, but once they become friends she usually sticks by them. The girl's brother, Jig is a drunk who lives on the streets and is very well known for being mean and violent. He always taunts the girls with things he knows they want to say, but mostly he just makes fun of them.
Smith has put quite a bit of effort into this comic, which is evident by the detailed coloring and the different facial designs. Some of the dialog is slang like in "The Night When the Baby Blues Ruled the Kingdom". Smith has also put a lot of thought into the story and how it progresses. At one point in the book, a war breaks out between the family members and they all try to take part in it. Smith has written the entire series in one single sheet of cardboard and it really shows.
In addition to having a fantastic plot, Smith has crafted an amazing cast. He has gotten the talents of Felicia Day, Michael Chiklis, and Mark Linn-Baker to provide backup and he has also recruited top names in acting to give the comic some much needed star power. Some of the comic's best scenes involve the girls taking a break from their usual bickering to bond and work together. These two groups of characters really gel and when they are fighting each other, it is breath taking to see their reactions.
The Baby Blues Comic has so far proven to be a hit among both adults and kids. If you are planning on collecting this comic, make sure you pick up a copy right away. You won't regret it and you will defiantly be back on the fence for more.
In the world of comics, you can pretty much find anything that strikes your fancy. Smith has created a timeless classic and the cast is just as interesting as it was when they were teenagers. It wouldn't be too hard to identify with the characters if you grew up with them. While I think the art style is above average for a seven year old, I wouldn't say it is too graphic for younger viewers.
As for the storyline, I liked the fact that the baby is named Bob, instead of Michael or Allison. Smith obviously knows his audience and chose a name that is appealing to most. There are quite a few touching moments in the book including a mother and daughter who have both developed a fondness for music, a young man who has lost his mom and dad, and a young woman who has finally got a big break after years of struggling behind the bars. The characters are relatable and I felt like I could relate to them.
In short, the Baby Blues Comic is a fantastic read. Smith does a great job of building the characters and maintaining the readers interest. Smith does need to do more with this character, as I feel the main story was a bit underdeveloped. However, this is only nitpicking at this point. I highly recommend this comic to anyone who likes a well told story that deals with contemporary themes. If you have never read any Bob Smith before, you owe it to yourself to check this one out.