- Series: Saved by the Bell Tp (Book 1)
- Paperback: 112 pages
- Publisher: IDW Publishing (July 14, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1631403125
- ISBN-13: 978-1631403125
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.3 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,492,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I’ve made no secret of my love of Disney and of Comics. In fact, when the two worlds merge, I get super excited. Enter Good Morning, Miss Bliss which led to Saved by the Bell. And, since Hayley Mills is the Queen of Disney, it makes sense that the first time I saw it was on the Disney Channel (probably just before or after MMC if I am being completely honest).
So once Miss Bliss was no more, Saved by the Bell took up its much needed slack, and all of a sudden we have Jack Morris, AC Slater, Kelly Kopowski, Jessi Spano, Lisa Turtle and Screech, with copious amounts of Mr. Belding. Enter Lion Forge’s graphic novel, Saved by the Bell. I was given an electronic copy to read in exchange for my honest review. Thanks, Lion Forge!
51wwW9W7q6L._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_Starting from AC Slater’s first day, this graphic novel takes fans of the show (as well as soon-to-be fans) through the various ins and outs of life at Bayside High School. Zack, sensing the new wrestler’s motives to be a little more than friendly toward the object of his affection, Kelly, decides to start pranking AC Slater in the best way. But, there is a little bit of blowback, and soon Zack’s best laid plans to come back to haunt him. Will he ever be able to get Kelly’s attention, or has that ship sailed with the entrance of AC Slater?
There are a few more episodes, including a fundraiser that pits guys versus girls in a cutthroat battle to win a $1000 mall gift certificate. Lisa is the fashion plate, and works at showing her skills around the school as a fashion correspondent. Jessi is her academic/extracurricular machine—the gal has it going ON! And as jocular as Slater may be, Screech shows he is the exact opposite—even when he creates a robot that becomes part of the group of friends. Kelly uses her singing as a way to get her on an American Idol-type show—which, other than Star Search, did not really exist during the time the original show aired.
That’s just a taste of what you’ll find in Lion Forge’s Saved by the Bell. I feel like the art lends itself perfectly for the time period—it is the perfect way for those who saw the show when it aired to share/bond with their kids. There are, however, updates due to the publishing date. For example, the infamous cellphone makes an appearance. If you are unsure about what the Zack Morris-era cellphone looked like—it’s here:
Personally, my favorite Bayside moment is when Jessi has a breakdown—mostly because I kept telling all my friends who didn’t have 4.2 gpas that I would be cracking a la Spano at some point, but they never believed me, but I digress.
Lion Forge is shaking up the graphic novel market by offering a true-to-air Saved by the Bell graphic novel, and it is available now in your favorite format from your favorite retailer—or give your local comic book store some love and pick it up there!
I LOVED Saved By The Bell as a kid, and I clicked so fast to request this when I saw it on NetGalley! This graphic novel ended up being a lot of fun to read. I accidentally live-tweeted it since I was having a blast, which you can read here: https://storify.com/WriterCMLloyd/saved-by-the-bell
All the familiar characters from the 90's show are back in a modern setting. Everyone has phones and the fashion is a little less fluorescent/tacky, but the personalities and relationships are all the same. Zack and Slater are still fighting for Kelly's affections, Screech is never going to win Lisa's heart, and Jessie is smashing all the patriarchy. Mr. Belding hasn't had time to grow weary of Zack's Zack-tics yet, but I'm sure that's just around the corner.
This volume has seven stories in it. The first follows their first day of freshman year at Bayside High (complete with the Max!), the second details Lisa's journey into winning a contest with her fashion vlog, Screech builds a dating site for the school in the third story, Kelly tries to get cheerleading recognized as a sport in the fourth which leads Slater to trying out for the squad, the fifth has an American Idol-like audition, the sixth pits girls against boys in a fundraiser to upgrade the computer lab, and the last story surrounds Zack crowdsourcing funds to get Kelly to go on a skip trip with the rest of the gang. There's a fairly equal amount of page time for just about everyone in the main cast.
The stories themselves are funny. There's one place in the "audition" story where Zack has managed to create such a mess about Kelly's bio, and I had to stop and remind myself how to breathe because I was so tickled by the antics. They also have morals in them, but the lessons learned come along naturally and teach about ethics & consent in the Wi-Fi age.
I'm not 100% sure if young adults would be as thrilled with the comics as I was, but I really enjoyed this volume!
When I saw this I had to request it. I'm sure fans of the show would love to take a step down memory lane by reading this fun comic. It features the same characters from the original show but they are in current times. If you watched the show you'll notice a shout out to the show when Zack puts a cellphone from the nineties up to his ear.
This comic has four stories in it. The first one is about cheerleading and whether or not it should be a sport. I forgot about Slater being such a jerk. Screech seems to be a bit tamer but he is still very obsessed with Lisa. I really enjoyed all four of the stories. They are four separate stories that just show life in Bayside for the gang. There were some funny moments especially with Screech's robot Kevin.
If you're a fan of the show you should pick up this comic since you'll probably enjoy it. Even if you aren't familiar with the show you should be able to enjoy it. You don't have to be familiar with the show to pick it up and read it. It is a fun short read which is exactly what a reader sometimes needs. If you're on the verge of a reading slump or trying to get out of one this just might pull you out of it. I will keep my eye out for more adventures about Zack and the gang in future comics. I like the artwork even though it doesn't exactly look like the actors that brought the characters to life. You can figure out who is who fairly easy if you're familiar with the show.
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OMG I loved this. It was so cute and made me happy to see Saved by the Bell in print again.Read more
Growing up in the 90’s, I was a huge fan of Saved by the Bell.Read more