Title: Bob’s Burgers Volume 1
Author: Chad Brewster, Jeff Drake, Justin Hook, Rachel Hastings, and Mike Olsen
Release Date: April 7 (Might already be available though!)
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Source: Diamond Book Distributors on NetGalley (A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.)
Check this book out on Goodreads.
Now you can read about the Belcher family (parents Bob and Linda, and their children Tina, Gene and Louise) with brand-new in-canon stories created by the TV show’s producers, writers, and animators!
That’s right, all-original stories that expand upon the fan-favorite animated series, including hilarious installments of “Louise’s Unsolved Mysteries”, “Tina’s Erotic Friend Fiction”, “A Gene Belcher Original Musical”, “Letters Written by Linda”, “Bob’s Burgers of the Day”, and much more! (Source: Goodreads)
This collected volume of Bob’s Burger comics features a series of short comics based on each of the characters of the show, making reference to some of their most popular attributes and episodes. There are five sections to each issue: “Tina’s Erotic Friend Fiction”, “Bob’s Burger of the Day Ideas”, “Louise’s Unsolved Mysteries and Curious Curiosities”, “Letters from Linda”, and “Gene Belcher Presents A Musical”.
I really liked this collection of comics, though it definitely had some highs and lows for me. There are five sections and their degree of humor is really varied. The art is also varied and not at all consistent. The humor is mostly good, and usually fits the tone of the show, with the characters voice shining through clearly. The one thing I probably would have done differently was make the comics a little longer because there were some comics in here that I would have liked to have seen expanded a little more because they were really funny and others that could have just been cut completely. One of the top things about this comic: the variant art and special art – all of which was fantastic.
I wasn’t sure how to break down the review of this so I will talk about the sections in general as well as specific comics. To start: “Tina’s Erotic Friend Fiction”. This was probably the most consistently funny part of the comics. Tina is my favourite character on the show, so that definitely adds to the humor of it. I’ve also always liked Tina’s imagination and storytelling as they appear on the show so it was great to see this in more detail. This one was the most consistent in capturing Tina’s voice. Each of these sections have 5 comics each. The first “My So-Called Life as a Horse” , where Tina becomes one of her pony characters, was funny, not the best, but it was cool how well they captured Tina and Jimmy Jr. as horses. “Battleship Galac-Tina”, which features dancing robots, was great and adorable and probably one of my favourite in the whole book. “Trick Shot Tina”, set in the wild west, was funny and had some unusual art (for the book) but it fit really well. “Franken-Butt”, where Tina makes a…Franken-butt, was funny and was cute. Finally, “Omega Tina”, which features Zombies, was probably the least funny Tina comic in this and had weird art. Hugely consistent with the strongest voice.
“Bob’s Burger of the Day Ideas” was also a fairly consistent section of the book. I love the puns on the show so this was something I found fun. Puns are pretty great. The first set were probably the funniest, they features TV shows and 80s music puns. The second, religious puns, were not as funny but still good. The third, a fortune cookie joke, was okay, but not great. The fourth, a set of 80s movies references, were fantastic. A finally, the book puns in the last comic, were funny but not as good as the previous set. Pretty consistent, but got kind of boring after a while.
“Louise’s Unsolved Mysteries and Curious Curiosities” isn’t really…mysteries so much as Louise getting into trouble. This part was kind of inconsistent, there were some really funny ones but not as many as in Tina’s section. Louise is definitely not my favourite character so that didn’t help matters. “Picture Day”, where Louise thinks the school is being taken over by aliens, was funny but it was definitely one of the ones that needed more space to really be funny funny. “Louise’s Legacy”, where Louise investigates who is drawing in her book, was funny but had a terrible ending. “Who Forted?”, where the kids build an epic fort, was the best comic in the whole book possible, with a great set of references to the fort they had on the show. It also had the best display of the characters voices in the entire book. Had difficult to read font though. “Louise is Invisible”, where Louise turns herself invisible, not the funniest, but felt true to the show. And finally “Faux Boo Boo”, where Louise investigates her favourite boy band, was fantastic. I loved the boy band episode so I was glad to see this reference to it. This section was fairly consistent but the humor wasn’t as great as the Tina portion.
“Letters from Linda” was probably the worst section of the entire book. I found this portion really boring and thought the voice was weak and inconsistent. I really didn’t feel Linda anywhere in most of these comics. I don’t even want to break them all down. They were just consistently bad and not even remotely funny. The general followed the same pattern: she’s trying to convince some corporation to do something. Not great.
Finally, “Gene Belcher Presents A Musical”. This section was inconsistent and not very funny in my opinion. I found the stories boring and lacking humor. The characters seemed off and the voice was usually pretty inconsistent with what I felt from the show. “The Boy in the Burger”, where Gene is melded to this burger costume, was really not funny but probably the best of all the Gene comics. The art was bad though. “Genemadeus”, which is a reference to Amadeus, was also not very funny and had weird art. “Guys and Frogs”, where Gene breeds a huge number of frogs in the house, was boring to me. “Chupacabra-chadabra”, where the kids hunt for the Chupacabra, was also very boring. And finally, “Robot College”, where Gene goes to college with robots, was sort of funny, but still not on par with other sections in the book. This section was pretty consistently bad.
Overall, I found the funny outweighed the not-funny and thought it was enjoyable to read. I think it’s great for fans of the show like myself.