Bee & Puppycat are just two temp workers trying to make ends meet…in outer space. From the hit sensation cartoon show, Bee & Puppycat #2 is the second issue in the comic spin off. The Bee and Puppycat comics take an interesting approach to their issues. Though this issue is a standard length comic, it has been divided into four short stories, all of which are written and drawn by different creators. This approach has pros and cons. For example, it can be very cool to see different creator’s perspectives and styles, but at the same time, you don’t get the benefit of an ongoing plot.
The random nature of the stories can leave you feeling a lack of cohesiveness. If you haven’t seen the show, some of the stories will be confusing, especially since the stories are all completely different, and very, very short (no context between them). For example, if you don’t know that Bee and Puppycat are temp workers in outer space you are in trouble from the get-go.
That being said, the stories and cute, fun and a little bit silly, which was enjoyable. Generally speaking, I liked the art and colors, and I very much liked the lighthearted nature of the comic. If you are a fan of the show, or a fan of the zany and a little bit strange, you will probably enjoy the comic. Let’s briefly take a look at the micro stories within this issue.
A Coffee Problem
Cute and quirky, this story takes a quick jab at our culture’s terrible coffee addiction (Bee develops a slight problem). The art was pretty true to the show, and the coloring matched the panels well. The story made me chuckle, and also be glad I don’t really drink coffee.
One Hit Wonder
I really liked the art style in this one, it was crisp and clean with nice bright colors. In this short story, Bee and Puppycat build a stage for a very fussy alien queen’s karaoke party. The punchline of the story, as it were, doesn’t generally fall into my humor zone, though I can see other people enjoying it.
The Claw Game
Puppycat gets trapped in a claw machine, and Bee desperatley tries to win him back. This story was okay. To me it was reminiscent of the little 30 second promotional blurb that would be played right before the cartoon. I must admit, on this particular story, I was not fond of the art style. It was sketchy to a point of being too simplistic for my tastes.
Je Ne Sais Quoi
This is a cute little story about Bee trying to get a new uniform for work (she’s never liked the original). The story pokes fun at a couple cartoon genres and their aesthetics as she tries on varying outfits. It was an amusing little scene.
If you are a fan of the show, the comics are fun little interludes, showing varying wacky scenes from the lives of Bee and Puppycat. Overall they were quirky and fun, but if you are detail oriented, or a lover of plot, this comic may not be for you. I, personally, find myself a bit on the fence about this one, mainly due to my issues with its formatting. Having a story complete with a good punchline in just a few pages is no easy feat, and five to seven pages is just too short for me. Give it a try and see what you think!
Bee and Puppycat #5 is now available from Kaboom Comics