Bee and Puppycat #1
By Natasha Allegri
Bee and Puppycat is a new kids’ book brought to you by the creator of Fionna and Cake (Adventure Time!!). Yes, this is meant for very young readers, but there wasn’t much in the way of overall story or anything to really engage readers. However, the writing was definitely fun and silly and the characters were adequately enjoyable.
While my previous experience with kids’ comic books is limited to the likes of Adventure Time and Regular Show, these widely recognized titles really provide substance in their story telling. This wasn’t so much the case for Bee and Puppycat #1, as this initial installment felt more like a bizarre one-sided conversation. Despite this mostly relative comparison, this was a cute and fun introduction to these new characters that tended to feel just as strange as its more popular label mates. Following the main opening foray, the backup story starts a much more ‘plotted’ episode for Bee and Puppycat which sets things up nicely for an ongoing tale.
The artwork in this first book was much more enjoyable. The overall designs and characters are very cleanly illustrated and highly stylized, which adds a ton of charm to this already cute comic. Some of the visuals are particularly bizarre and imaginative which helps make the tame storytelling more exciting. A lot of the humor is also conveyed very well by the visual aspects in this book.
In the end, there didn’t seem to be a heck of a lot of substance to this one, but it was definitely an intriguing introduction to a wonderfully creative new team of characters. What this lacks in depth, it makes up for in charm.