Written by Tim Midura
on Wednesday, August 27 2014 and posted in Reviews
Equestranauts fan-fiction, a burger musical and others!
Spinning out of the hit Fox TV show comes Bob’s Burgers #1 from Dynamite Entertainment. Featuring five distinct sections, each focusing on a main character, by different creative teams made up of TV staff members, the main cover by series character designer Devin Roth has the whole cast praising a burger inside the kitchen. Variant covers include Tina and Louise melting together by Roth, a retailer exclusive of Gene in a King Kong homage by Tony Gennaro and Bernard Derriman, and a Baltimore Comic Con exclusive of the family in Equestranauts gear by Gennaro.
The first section centers on Tina’s Equestranaut fan-fiction, where she’s born a horse. My So-Called Life as a Horse contains some of best visual gags and fantastical art, all while nailing down Tina’s unique, awkward voice. Louise’s Unsolved Mysteries is a fun, fast-paced brain-washing whodunit set during school picture day. She needs to figure out what is making everyone cheese-brained. The benday dot styling in the onomatopoeia is great old-school comics throwback. The Boy in The Burger perfectly captures Gene’s personality by casting everyone in the restaurant in a musical. Gene’s lyrics are always funny, even in dark situations and it includes the oft-repeated phrase, burger sledding.
The two one-page pieces focusing on Bob and Linda are ways to get big laughs out of a short segment. Linda’s letter to “Apparently You’re Parenting” magazine is all about wine pairings with non-food activities and Bob’s burger of the day ideas continues my favorite background gag in the TV show, with the standout here being, The Every Breath You Shi-Take Burger.
Most comic adaptations of other media use established pros to reel in new readers. For this strong debut issue, Dynamite went in a different direction using script coordinators as writers and storyboard artists as artists, allowing for the most faithful comic adaptation available. Plus, there’s a pinup of Jimmy Jr dancing.
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