The format of this issue of Bob’s Burgers is, once again, different than how the series started. This issue has just one story, but it is split into three parts—one for each Belcher kid.
The first story is “Gene’s Rhymey Rhymes that could One Day be Songs Presents: Little Bob’s of Horrors—Part One.” Like all of Gene’s stories, this one is written in rhyming couplets. When Bob sends the kids to get pepper, they come back with a strange, exotic spice. Bob makes one burger out of it, and the kids discover that the burger drinks blood!
The second story is entitled, “Louise’s Unsolved Mysteries & Curious Curiosities Presents: Little Bob’s of Horrors—Part Two.” In this story, the burger has grown to over double its initial size! Instead of throwing it out, though, Bob and Linda use it as a gimmick to get customers—and it works. But then it eats Felix (their landlord’s brother). The kids try to tell their parents, but they don’t listen. When the burger starts looking a little shabby, it demands food.
In “Tina’s Erotic Friend Fiction Presents: Little Bob’s of Horror—Part Three,” Bob’s Burgers is on the news for its amazing, larger than life burger. But no one knows its horrible, murderous secret except for the kids. Only when Bob and Linda almost get eaten do they believe their kids. Together, the family burns the burger until it’s well done, and throws it in the dumpster out back. And then it spits up Felix.
Writer Rachel Hastings channels the TV show through this issue with an amazing amount of effectiveness. Although all three parts are intertwined, we can clearly hear each Belcher child’s voice in their respective stories. For anyone who has seen the TV show, you will be able to read this issue in the kids’ three distinct voices. Even the phrasing changes with each part of the issue.
There is a great deal of humor in this issue, which is very characteristic of the TV show. Although it mirrors the harsh reality of the lower middle class, school bullying, family businesses, etc., it brings a comedic aspect that makes things feel less terrible. In fact, I’ve often said that I aspire to be like Bob. A lot of things are not going well in Bob’s life, but the constant comedy and familial support makes his life seem worthwhile.
A lot of the artwork lacks versatility. For example, in the first story, nearly every illustration of Bob has him pictured with an open, gaping mouth. Although this is appropriate during the storyline, it would have been nice to see some variation in expression. The last story (Tina’s) probably shows the most versatility and range of expression.
That being said, there is quite a bit of emotion in this issue. We see a lot of actions/reactions that make the issue move really steadily and smoothly. The characters don’t look like those in the TV show per se, but they resemble them enough that we can tell who is who. The artists’ take on the characters brings a bigger range of creativity than we see in the show, and I can deeply respect that.
At the end of the issue, we have a beautiful, extremely life-like pin-up of Bob and…Bob, entitled “Me and my Other Me” by Fulvio Obregon Fulaleo. This pin-up has more than one meaning. It could be Big Bob and Little Bob (Bob’s dad and him as a kid), or it could even represent a theory that many Bob’s Burgers fans have bought into: Bob has a mental illness in which he talks to himself or has more than one personality. Either way, this is one fine piece of artwork.
This issue is a perfect example of the imaginative stories that Bob’s Burgers exhibits. The comic book series is a bit less realistic than the TV show, but it extends the storyline to places we would never imagine. This is most definitely a must-read for any and all Bob’s Burgers fans. You can pick it up on October 12 from your local comic book shop!
Written by: Rachel Hastings
Illustrated by: Various