Mind Capsules – Bob’s Burgers #1 and Star-Spangled War Stories featuring G.I. Zombie #2

Bob’s Burgers #1

Writer – Mike Olsen, Jeff Drake, Rachel Hastings, Justin Hood
Artist – Brad Rader, Tony Gennaro, Frank Forte, Bernard Derriman
Colours – Derek Schroeder, Tony Gennaro, Paige Garrison, Tyler Garrison

Finally, the acerbic wit of television’s Bob’s Burgers makes its way to comics courtesy of Dynamite and turns out, it is just as good as the show.  There are five stories in all comprising the book, each featuring a member of the family front and center.  The first tale is entitled ‘Tina’s Erotic Friend Fiction Presents: My So-Called Life as a Horse,’ and the title alone makes the story worth reading and details essentially what it entails.  Bob tries to think of some names for his daily burger specials including hits of the 80s and TV catch phrases, Linda writes a letter to Apparently You’re Parenting magazine about a column she enjoys which gets a little out of hand and Gene stars in a musical about being stuck in a burger costume.  Louise meanwhile is at school when she realizes its student photo day and she starts to believe that everyone is being mind-controlled.  Each story is pretty good in its own way, and it is nice to see the characters appear as such, almost like a mini-episode of their own, but going forward, it would be great to see a book length feature every now and then.  It is not to say that it will not happen, as this is only the first issue, but switching up the format will keep the book fresh, more so than if they simply stick to the anthology format.  The artwork, by the various pencillers who happen to be on the book, is perfect and looks like the show jumped out of the television and landed right on the page, and really, you could not ask for more in that department.  A couple of the stories stand above the others, specifically Tina’s and Louise’s, but as a complete package, the book is a whole lot of fun.  If the writers can keep it up though, it would be great to see them continually come up with new burger names.

4.5 out of 5

Star-Spangled War Stories featuring G.I. Zombie #2
Star-Spangled War Stories featuring G.I. Zombie #2

Writer – Jimmy Palmiotti, Justin Gray
Artist – Scott Hampton
Colours – Scott Hampton

Camen and Jared are still on the case involving the gang members from the previous issue, this time heading to their compound to see if they can find any hard evidence of what the bad guys are doing.  It looks like the men are dealing in some sort of biological weapon, which is not a good thing, especially if they are willing to use it.  So while Carmen is inside the compound trying to get in good with the men, Jared is outside, silently taking the perimeter guards so that he might get in and get the evidence he needs back to Washington.  Things do not go too smoothly though when he trips an alarm and the whole place goes on lockdown.  Carmen gets whisked away, the men still trusting her and Jared finds himself on a missile with the virus headed off to explode its contents on an unwitting populace.  Gray and Palmiotti continue their latest story involving a hero who just so happens to be dead, or undead in this case, which turns out to be, surprisingly, a lot of fun.  This book, almost seemingly came out of nowhere, and if All-Star Western is getting canceled, it is good to know that we can still get our monthly fix of their writing even though it might not be Jonah Hex.  Change is good though, and Jared is a very intriguing character and a nice addition to the DC Universe.  Scott Hampton’s art is its usual fantastic self, with Hampton providing the colours as well, and the book looks great.  So far, the creative team has not wasted any time as the book is progressing at a nice pace and wasting little time with its story.  All in all, Star-Spangled War Stories is turning out to be one of DC’s better titles and a nice alternative to the usual capes and cowl fare.

4 out of 5

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