These really are great palate cleansers! We bought this one when we bought Bob’s Burgers: Volume 1 on our trip to NYC this past January. We got a third one and I ordered the remaining two when we got home, so I’m looking forward to reading the rest. I can definitely see an improvement in the stories and the sections of these issues bound together. They’re tighter, funnier, and more on character than those in Volume 1.
The two biggest changes in these issues (and thus this volume) were Bob and Linda’s. Bob’s got better, he designed food truck ideas, and Linda’s got worse, her’s were now just family photo attempts. Tina and Louise’s sections each had standout pieces, but Gene’s takes the gold in this collection.
I’ve always liked Gene because even though they’ve mostly strayed away from his sexual identity, the writers have done a wonderful job of showing how fluid he is/can be mostly through absurd comments/actions.
The writers really leaned into Gene’s fluidity with “Gene’s Rhmey Rhymes That Could One Day Be Songs Presents: Genederella.” It’s a retelling of Cinderella with a glass keyboard instead of a glass shoe and it is wonderfully delightful. Bob as a fairy Bob mother was incredibly fabulous, Mr. Frond as the wicked stepmother was genius, and Linda as a raccoon turned into a horse was hilariously fitting. There were other guest cameos, but honestly do yourself a favor and seek this one out.
Recommendation: These are even better than the first collection. They somehow better capture the absurdity and hilarity of the TV show while adding detail to the Belcher’s lives you didn’t even know you were missing.