Last night I was alerted via the Bob’s Burgers Facebook page that Bob’s Burgers #1, the first issue in the series of new comic books being released based on the show, was being offered free with the Dynamite Comics MEGA Bundle on comixology.
I jumped. I was elated. I bought. And I downloaded.
This morning I finally sat down to read the first issue (which also came with 27 other, mostly first issue, comics I’ve yet to peruse, from Django/Zorro to Alice Cooper) and was promptly blown away by the incredible artwork and hilarious plot lines and features throughout the 36 page comic – including an exclusive fill-in-the-blanks bonus chapter available only online. However I doubt those who managed to snag physical copies of the book are that down about missing the online content as the book sold out almost immediately after it’s release on August 24th of last year.
Here’s the official bio for the series, from Dynamite.com:
“All right! The very first Bob’s Burgers comic book, a new series from the creator of the hit TV show, created by Loren Bouchard! Now you can read about the Belcher family (parents Bob and Linda, and their children Tina, Gene and Louise) in brand-new in-canon stories created by the TV show’s producers, writers and animators creating all original stories appearing exclusively in this comics series. Each comic includes hilarious installments of: “Louise’s Unsolved Mysteries,” “Tina’s Erotic Friend Fiction,” “A Gene Belcher Original Musical,” “Letters Written by Linda” and “Bob’s Burgers of the Day.””
The comic garnered a Teen+ rating, similar to the TV show, and is not a disappointment joke-wise for fans: each feature is hilarious, and stays true to the characters’ personalities. For die-hards, reading the dialog rather than hearing it from the show won’t make a lick of difference: when Linda says “All Right!”, you will read it in her voice. Period. No problem there. It’s an adventure in and of itself to read stories (entirely fictional and imaginative) straight from the minds of the show’s most beloved characters. Reading through Bob’s chicken scratched ideas for ‘Bob’s Burgers of the Day’ also offers a warm, familiar feel while ingratiating us with puns from left, right and centre, as we are accustomed to when watching the show.
As for the family’s features, I can’t wait to read next issue’s ‘Letters Written by Linda’, wherein she often speaks of her affinity for wine and lets slip personal details that are more than a little TMI, in this issue to an obscure niche magazine only Linda could be a fan of. ‘Louise’s Unsolved Mysteries’ takes on the tone of conspiracy and espionage that we love from the Louise-driven episodes of past seasons (such as ‘Ear-sy Rider’ and her part in ‘The Frond Files’) in a classic tale of Louise-Against-The-World. It’s great, to say the least.
As for the online exclusive content, this issue’s ‘A Gene Belcher Original Musical’ (which is fun for even the most stoic and cynical of us to sing along to) was included again at the end of comic with blank speech bubbles for personal customization – I may have to print that one myself, though that may turn out as more of a rap – “I’ll be a Thunder Girl, yeah, til I’m six feet under girl”.
So if you’re a fan of the hit FOX TV show (or not, I don’t really care) get the comic. It’s the best.