Rachel Hastings, Mike Olsen, Justin Hook, Jeff Drake (W)
Frank Forte, Brad Rader, Bernard Derriman, Tony Gennaro (A)
Bob’s Burgers brings light into my life regularly in the form of Linda and Tina Belcher. The rest of the show is filler to me. From the number of Tina appreciation Tumblrs I have found I know I am not alone. Recently I decided to take my love to the next level and purchase the Bob’s Burgers comics released by Dynamite.
To be honest, I was nervous. The only thing that makes me sad about Bob’s Burgers is when I run out of Bob’s Burgers. There was a lot weighing on these three issues that I picked up from my local comic bookstore. So often comic book tie-ins of television shows go horribly wrong. What if these slim volumes tarnished the pure joy of the Belchers for me?
Luckily, I had nothing to fear. These comics ARE more Bob’s Burgers, only missing the enjoyably abrasive voice acting. Each issue is like reading the script of an unaired episode. And, like the show, there were portions I adored, and pages I endured.
Each book is set up in the same order. First comes Tina, and by golly it is glorious. “Tina’s Erotic Friend Fiction Presents” offers readers a look into the mind of a little hormonal weirdo, just like myself at Tina’s age. Issue #1’s drama was all about Horse Tina saving the world with the rest of the Equestranauts. The true moment of pure joy, however, was found in Issue #2 with “Battleship Galac-Tina.”
Poor Tina and her clammy, overwhelming crush on simpleton Jimmy Pesto, Jr. Will he ever notice how creative and sparkling she is? Will he ever deserve her? In the comics he does! Their romance, and friendship, is played out in delightful ways, often saving innocent lives with their combined talents.
When Tina’s story has sadly ended, the reader is rewarded with Bob’s 1-page spot. Burger of the Day ideas! While watching the show, I will often pause, rewind, or zoom in to fully appreciate whatever ridiculous Dad-joke of a burger has graced the screen. Never have I been disappointed. This continues to be true in the comics, where entire lists of burgers are available for my greedy, pun-loving eyes.
This is also one of the only spots we see Bob in these comics, unless he plays a minor role in one of the kids’ stories. It made me wonder how much of the character is just H. Jon Benjamin’s voice. One way or another, I did not find myself missing him, which is a real compliment to the writers, since the series is named after him.
Louise is my second least favorite character on the show. I can never really put my finger on why. I think her voice acting is perfect, the animation is engaging, and yet she just doesn’t keep my attention.
The comics seem to not be a great medium for her. Without Kristen Schaal’s voice she seems so much more like a child, and not a particularly interesting one, though I did enjoy the story-line about the box fort. Her personality seemed to come out a bit more when interacting with the other kids of the series.
The page set between the end of Louise and the beginning of Gene is a little nougat of wine-flavored gold. It is the “Letters from Linda” section.
Each issue she writes in to a different organization or publication with one of her great ideas. Whoever came up with this idea is a genius. It captures Linda’s personality completely and had me laughing out loud, quoting bits of Linda’s wisdom to my roommate.
All of the comics end with Gene’s story. I expected to hate it, I really did. Gene is my least favorite character on the show, his fart keyboard often making me cringe with revulsion. The silence of the page allowed me to appreciate his uniqueness a bit more, I will admit. The writers really went all out, writing musicals for him. A silent musical, some would argue the best kind.
On the whole, if you’re a Belcher family fan already then you must grab these comics.