ARC Review: Bob’s Burgers: Medium Rare by Loren Bouchard, Adam Beechen, Ben Dickerson, Jeff Drake, Brian Hall, Rachel Hastings, Justin Hook, John McNamee , Mike Olsen, Mark Von Der Heide, Anneliese Waddington, Chad Brewster, and Frank Forte

bbmrTitle: Bob’s Burgers: Medium Rare

Author: Loren Bouchard, Adam Beechen, Ben Dickerson, Jeff Drake, Brian Hall, Rachel Hastings, Justin Hook, John McNamee , Mike Olsen, Mark Von Der Heide, Anneliese Waddington, Chad Brewster, and Frank Forte

Publisher: Dynamic Forces

Source: Dynamite on NetGalley  (A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.)

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3 stars

While Bob and Linda Belcher have their hands full running the family business, their kids Tina, Gene, and Louise have adventures that you won’t believe! The producers, writers, and animators of the hit animated show Bob’s Burgers proudly present all-original comic book stories, including hilarious installments of “Louise’s Unsolved Mysteries & Curious Curiosities,” “Tina’s Erotic Friend Fiction,” and “Gene’s Rhymey Rhymes That Could One Day Be Songs.” Whether it’s Tina’s daydreams of cloning back-up dancers or jungle misadventures, Louise’s explorations of underground tunnels and time-stopping Wonder Wharf rides, Gene’s lyrics that reimagine boring Aunt Gayle visits as epic journeys to fantasy worlds, the Belcher family hijinx are guaranteed to make you laugh! (Source: Goodreads)

A while back I reviewed another Bob’s Burgers comic book, which I wasn’t fully sold on. And once again I’m having the same problems. I do think most of the stuff I didn’t like has been removed or replaced in some way, but it doesn’t really have the same charm as the show when conveyed in a comic form for the most part so I’m still just not sold.

The book had 3 main parts, with a few appearances from the parents, and 1 actual Bob’s Burgers kind of story. Each of the kids had a section, they were basically the same as the previous series. “Tina’s Erotic Friend Fiction”, “Louise’s Unsolved Mysteries and Curious Curiosities”, and “Gene’s Rhymey Rhymes That Could One Day be Songs” are the 3 main sections of the series. Then there are “Fantasy Food Truck Ideas” and “Linda’s Attempt to Take a Family Photo” which are single page gags. There was also 1 big story that was not in any of these categories. I found Louise’s section and the big story to general fit with the show the most.

“Tina’s Erotic Friend Fiction” is overall okay, but not my favourite section in this book. It was mostly just versions of famous movie plots. The first one, “Take a Chance on Me” featured some really bad art but was quite funny. Then the rest were just sort of okay. I think “The Spy Who Lived and Let Dance” was probably the stand out for me, it seemed like the kind of fantasy Tina would have.

“Louise’s Unsolved Mysteries and Curious Curiosities” was the strongest section of the book as the tone and content really fit with what one would expect from Bob’s Burgers. The art was also consistently really adorable, which I enjoyed quite a lot. There were really only 2 stories, of which “What Lies Beneath Bob’s Burgers” was the strongest. That story seemed like it would make a really good episode for the show.

“Gene’s Rhymey Rhymes” was consistently funny but not my favourite section because I find Gene as a character kind of boring. His stories, like Tina’s, are usually just versions of famous stories. The “Genederella” story was probably my favourite of these, though the others were good too. I think this section did the most experimentation with art, and look really fantastic, often mimicking classic fairy tale books.

The “Fantasy Food Truck Ideas”, of which there are only 2, were kind of boring and not particularly funny. Great art though. “Linda’s Attempts to Take a Family Picture” were just sight gags that didn’t really do much for me. These were just kind of fun throw ins I think, but just seemed like wasted efforts for gags that didn’t really do much.

Finally, the big story “Bizarre Bazaar” was really good, probably the strongest part of the book. The entire story just reads like an episode of the show and really just highlights the charms of the show – the puns, the character relationships, and the ridiculousness of it all. I really would prefer to see the comics formatted more like this instead of these gimmicky little shorts from the kids.

Overall it wasn’t amazing but it’s worth a read for fans of the show.

Ramble on,
Kimber

 


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