Bob’s Burgers # 1
Published by Dynamite Entertainment
do apologize if I ruin anything.)
Reviewing a comic like Bob's Burgers is difficult because it's hard to disassociate from the preconceived notions i have of the TV show. Especially when Bob's Burgers is one of my favourite shows currently on TV. When I heard that Dynamite Entertainment was coming out with the Bob's Burgers comic I was instantly excited but quickly that excitement turned to an uneasy nervousness. I'd been let down in the past by comics based of TV shows and movies (that frikkin' ALF comic). Licensed comics are hard to get right (see my article next week about some of the worst licensed comics I've ever read) and while Bob’s Burgers # 1 doesn't rank with the worst of those comics it isn't quite the best either.
Each story is funny and captures the tone of the children well enough. The particular standout being Tina’s story as she lives as a horse (of course) and joins her equine heroes The Equestranauts. Louise’s story blew right by and felt the weakest as there wasn't much to it. Louise works best when she’s playing off another member of the family. Here she’s essentially just terrorizing a photographer who she thinks is enslaving the other kids at Wagstaff and turning them into mindless drones. It's not really all that funny and it comes across as almost mean. The Gene story was an odd choice as it’s a musical… in a comic.
Given the musical nature of the show (I listen to Electric Love constantly) and how Gene is all about music I understand the idea behind the story, it just doesn't work out all that well. Despite that the story itself is sweet as Gene gets trapped in his burger suit and goes turtle inside of it until it snows, where he emerges and takes his sisters sledding on his back. Gene's story would have benefited from an extra page maybe showing how he went from being depressed to accepting his life in the burger. The Boy In The Burger would have fit better into an actual episode like “The Frond Files” as the story would be better served as an actual musical. I mean who doesn't love hearing the Bob cast sing together(especially Linda who would give it her all). Each story is broken up with a gag page featuring Bob and Linda. Bob coming up with TV catchphrase and 80’s music puns. Some more successful than others. Linda (who doesn’t drunk she get’s fun) writes into a parenting magazine suggesting a mother’s guide to drinking. The book suffers with Bob and Linda being relegated to a page of text.
With the book being illustrated by members of the shows art staff the issue looks like an episode of Bob’s Burgers. The Louise story in particular looks as though it was lifted directly from the show. I don’t mean that in a negative sense, I love the shows animation, and it translates well onto the page. The Boy In The Burger’s art is a little more exaggerated and kinetic, and brings a little more energy to the story. I was a little put off that Tina’s Equestranauts story had 4 artists for an 8 page story. While their styles aren’t disparate, it is slightly jarring to change from page to page. There is a shift in tone in the story as Horse Tina becomes Tinasus, and I see hat they were going for by having the change, I just don’t think it was sabotaged by having 4 artists.
Now, if you’ll excuse me I’m off to write my Magnum P.I. erotic friend fiction.
- Shows creators on the book
- Some strong art
- It’s a Bob’s Burgers comic! YAY!
- Poor Bob relegated to one page of text
- A musical story was an odd choice better suited to the show
- Louise story the weakest