Bob’s Burger from Dynamite Entertainment is the latest small-screen animated sensation to be transferred to the comic book page offering new stories which won’t be seen on your TV. However, is Bob’s Burgers #1 a truly delicious opening issue, or is this a series which will need to be taken off the menu?
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Writer: Jeff Drake, Rachel Hastings, Justin Hook, Mike Olsen
Artist: Bernard Derriman, Frank Forte, Tony Gennaro, Brad Rader
Price: £2.49/$3.99 from ComiXology
Rather than a full length 30 page adventure, Bob’s Burgers #1 is an anthology book, focusing on various stories surrounding the Belcher family, the main characters of the show, which are very much separate from each other. The first story focuses on eldest daughter Tina’s rather bizarre plight during her ‘so called life as a horse’ which sees her leave her family to join a horse superhero team. Then, the second story focuses on youngest daughter Louise and her attempt to stop the conspiracy surrounding her school picture day. Finally, there is the story of son Gene as he spends a day in the sun wearing a giant burger suit in order to drum up business, with disastrous consequences.
Despite its very unusual content, Bob’s Burgers #1 is a highly enjoyable and humorous collection of tales which feel very much aligned with the tone of the show it is based on. The art does a great job of mimicking the shows’ aesthetic, with the various creative teams for each story providing a fantastic level of consistency throughout – so much so you wouldn’t even know they were drawn by different artists unless you checked the credits page. For non-fans this book might require a suspension of disbelief as it is a pretty weird read at first, however its light-hearted, wacky tone allows for an issue which is truly ‘park your brain in neutral and just enjoy’.
In fact, this first outing is such a great attempt that almost any problems can be glossed over due to heir inability to spoil the flow and enjoyment of this comic. That said, the one concern which is difficult to overcome is the high price of this issue which, at $3.99, feels like an exorbitant amount to pay in comparison to the type of book this is and its contents within. Of course, when your only problem found in your comic book is the price then that shouldn’t be considered too bad an effort.