Review: Bee and Puppycat Vol. 1

Bee and Puppycat follows an unemployed twenty-something and her pet/sidekick/friend Puppycat as they work magical temp jobs, take naps, create the perfect sandwich, and generally lounge about. Each issue is a self-contained story, and there are various artists at work here. Bee-and-Puppycat-Vol-1This is a light, easy, and generally fun read that I would certainly recommend for young, early readers. Between the pretty coloring and the lack of plotline, this could be a great introduction to comics for the young'uns in your life. And when I say young'un, I do mean young; I wouldn’t call this an all-ages book, as I think it’s too young for older kids who might want a more substantial story to follow.

I personally found this comic a bit too “cutesy” to properly enjoy, and I wasn’t a fan of all of the artists. Some were either too cartoonish or too infantile, and it definitely detracted from the overall experience. I don’t mind self-contained stories, but the characters need to be interesting in order to pull that off, and I wasn’t particularly interested in either Bee or Puppycat nor their relationship as owner and pet, or friends, rather.

Beyond that, there wasn’t anything particularly memorable or note-worthy, leaving me with little to talk about. Again, self-contained stories are fine, but these felt more like half-finished anecdotes, like hearing snippets of someone’s day. They’re mildly interesting, but they’re not necessarily going to stick with you.

I love the premise of this comic, and I went into this thinking I’d really like it. I’d been meaning to start reading Bee and Puppycat for a while, so I was eager to be the one to review the first volume. I was left underwhelmed. I even looked up the show after reading, thinking if I watched an episode then gave it another shot, I’d appreciate it more. But the show seems to be along the same lines of sugary sweet, plotless, one dimensional fluff.

Bee and Puppycat is adorable and well-suited for your very young, just-learning-to-read children. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it to older audiences.

Score: 3/5

Bee and Puppycat Vol. 1 Writer: Various Artist: Various Publisher: BOOM!/KaBoom! Price: $3.99 Release Date: 4/15/15 Format: Trade Paperback; Print/Digital