August 08, 2015

REVIEW: SAVED BY THE BELL (ROAR) #1

Guest review by Eileen G. O’Neill.
Warning: may contain spoilers.


SAVED BY THE BELL #1

Release Date: February 5, 2014
Colors: Lisa Moore
Letters: Steve Wands
Cover: Cynna Clugston Flores














Saved by the Bell was a popular teenage sitcom that aired from 1989-1993, spawning two made-for-TV movies and two spin-offs. The series was the crown-jewel of the NBC Saturday morning line-up, prompting them to drop all animated programming in favor of more teen-oriented fare. In 2014, Lion Forge Comics picked up the license for Bell as part of their Roar Comics imprint and began producing a series of digital comics.


Zack tries to ask Kelly for a date--which Kelly doesn't realize is a date and invites everyone else.

It’s the first day of high school, and Zack Morris only has one thing on his mind: ask out Kelly Kapowski. Unfortunately, he gets intercepted by friends and a new attractive stud in town, A.C. Slater. Zack sets out to fix it so Slater never gets the chance to be alone with Kelly, and ends up fixing them both.

Alone at last? Nope!

GRADE: C. While it’s understandable that the publishers of this series are trying to introduce it to a new generation of followers, this attempt somehow falls flat. They do capture the original spirit of the characters: Zack, the mischievous troublemaker; Kelly, the sweet girl next door; Jessie, the brainiac feminist; Lisa, the fashionista; Screech, the goofball sidekick; and Slater, Zack’s antagonist.  

Zack levels the playing field to have Kelly's undivided attention.

This issue brings the characters back to their freshman year of high school and the familiar Zack/Slater/Kelly storyline that opened up the original television show. Unfortunately, the characters come across as much older than freshmen and it ruins the storyline. If they had started the series with the characters in their second or third year it might have worked better.  Bottom line, readers who are new to the series might enjoy this more than fans of the original show.


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