‘Bob’s Burgers: Medium Rare’ Comic Review
Bob’s Burgers is one of the most popular animated television shows out right now. The show follows the Belcher family, a wacky pack of lovable characters consisting of parents Bob and Linda, and children Tina, Gene, and Louise. Now in its sixth season, the show seems to be an unstoppable force of comedic gold. And it appears that the people behind the show are branching out into comics with Bob’s Burgers: Medium Rare from Dynamite Entertainment.
Bob and his family join the ranks of other well known animated shows to have made the leap from television to comic book. Other notable shows include The Simpsons, Adventure Time, and Regular Show, among others. The stories told in Medium Rare, however, use one of the episodes from the show as an inspiration and the result is hilarious.
In the episode The Frond Files, Tina, Gene, and Louise are in trouble due to stories they wrote in class. This is the foundation for Medium Rare. Each story is “written” by one of the Belcher kids. What the writers and artists (a majority of whom are from the show) do so well is implement each character’s voice into each story. Tina’s stories are all unabashedly awkward; Louise’s all feature some clever sci-fi element and suspense; Gene’s a rhyming escapade. Each character’s stories are different from the last, and each are self-contained, save for one of Louise’s about time travel. They’re fun, they’re short, and like the Belcher kids themselves, they’re funny and jam-packed with charm.
While the show features the Belcher family dealing with normal, everyday life problems, it’s fun to see the writers take the existing characters and put them in a setting we couldn’t have imagined them in before. It’s as if someone wrote and illustrated the kids’ adventures while they were playing a role-playing game. Tina being an international spy is one of the funniest and oddly fitting moments in the collection.
Each story also features a different artist which makes them more unique and memorable. The artists are allowed to use style to bring freshness to each story while still maintaining the feel of Bob’s Burgers. One of Tina’s stories, a spoof of Tarzan, features a drastic change in art style, yet the artist keeps certain things faithful to the source material. Using different color schemes and inking techniques, the stories pop on an artistic level.
There have been other adaptations of other cartoons that have strictly stuck to the style of the show, and while not necessarily a bad thing, Medium Rare definitely benefits by changing things up. It is unavoidable to choose a least favorite and it has to be Gene’s. While the rhyming theme is fitting and true to the character, it definitely got old fast. Going from a story about what lies beneath Bob’s restaurant to a long-winded rhyming narrative definitely threw off the flow. Once I was done with each of Gene’s stories, however, I certainly did enjoy them and was thankful I stuck to reading them.
The stories of Bob and his family don’t stop with just this. There are more collections, all courtesy of Dynamite Entertainment. The spirit of the show isn’t diluted in comic book form, but enhanced in fresh new ways. As one of many other TV-to-comic book continuations, Bob’s Burgers: Medium Rare brings something new to the medium and is funny and weird in all the right ways.