Review: Saved By The Bell (Vol. 1)

Review: Saved By The Bell (Vol. 1)Saved By The Bell (Vol. 1) by Joelle Sellner
Published by Roar Comics on July 1, 2015
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 112
Format: eARC
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three-half-stars

The classic TV series gets an update for today’s brand new high-schoolers as the coolest kids at Bayside High start their freshman year!

All your favorite characters – Zack, Slater, Kelly, Lisa, Screech and Jessie (and Mr. Belding, of course!) – are starting freshman year at Bayside High, trading in brick phones and mullets for iPhones and Twitter accounts. Does Lisa’s fashion show get on the air, and will Screech ever leave her alone? Will Jessie get that A+? And, most importantly, who’s Kelly going to go out with – preppy Zack or new star athlete A.C. Slater? It’s alright, ‘cause we’re saved by the bell!

When I saw this available for request on Netgalley, I requested it so fast that my mouse probably got whiplash. I used to watch Saved By The Bell reruns religiously as well as the college episodes and the two TV movies when I was a kid so this trade really made me nostalgic for the my childhood. It was fun seeing something I loved get revamped for this generation! The art style that was used fit in well with the story line of the comics as well as with the old show. It just fit. It was colorful and just plain fun! The story flowed well from frame to frame and was not confusing at all like other comics I’ve read.

I found this comic collection to be enjoyable and a lot like the show! Each comic issue felt like its own episode complete with cheesy lessons. It didn’t tackle some of the hard hitting subjects the original show did but it was fun. It was updated perfectly to make it more relevant to today’s tech-oriented teens without losing the original feel of the show. I could literally hear the character’s voices in my head and each character’s personality was similar to their character in the show. Each issue focused on either Lisa, Jessie, Slater, Kelly, Zack or Screech. I really enjoyed each of the different stories and that it wasn’t just one long comic focusing on just Zack. Because, let’s be real, we always saw a lot of Zack in the show so it was nice to see more of the other characters. But don’t worry! Zack still gets a lot of page time.

I loved that there were some not so subtle references to the show in this trade and each one made me super happy. For example, in the one of the issues, Zack finds an old cell phone from the 90s that was just like the one he used to use all the time in the show to stir up trouble. The “who would ever use this brick?” comment made me chuckle. I will say that my favorite part of this story is still Screech and his robot, Kevin. :)

Am I excited for the next volume? Umm… well, yes! Yes, I am. I’m not so excited that I can’t wait for it, but I have a feeling that I’m going to enjoy when I get around to reading it. I’m excited to see what else gets incorporated in from the show!

**I received an eARC of this trade from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

three-half-stars

Jessie H.

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One comment for “Review: Saved By The Bell (Vol. 1)

  1. AHHH Saved by the Bell. This was one of my absolute favorite TV shows when I was a kid. I always wondered if Zack was actually dreaming because he was able to freeze time and whatnot. I am planning on binge watching all the episodes on Netflix, but I don’t think the college years are on there. I don’t think I ever got to see those. ;(

    But, yeah, this graphic novel seems AWESOME. I need to read a graphic novel for the Read Harder challenge and I think this one will be perfect!

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