REVIEW: Saved By The Bell (comic book)

Saved By The Bell by Joelle Sellner, Chynna Clugston Flores, Tim Fish

Read: Sept-Oct 2015

Format: PDF

My Book Rating: 3/5 Stars

Genre: Comics


I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Growing up in the 90’s, I was a huge fan of Saved by the Bell. What girl wasn’t in love with Zack Morris or A.C. Slater? Who didn’t want to be Kelly, Jessie or Lisa?

When I saw there was a new SBTB comic on NetGalley I was super excited to rejoin the gang, but in modern times with cell phones and the Internet.

…. Then I started reading.

The first couple of story lines (‘Zack to School’ & ‘Fashion Don’t’) in the comic were, to put it bluntly, lame. They seemed dated and boring to me, I felt like I was back in the 90’s. As much as I loved the 90’s and SBTB, I look back now and realize how cheesy things were.

I forced myself to keep reading and by the end of the comic book I found that while things started off on the lame side, they picked up by the end. I caught myself laughing at Zack’s schemes.

My favorite story lines were ‘Screech-A-Date’ (Screech designs an online dating program for Bayside High), ‘Cheers & Jeers’ (Slater joins the cheerleading squad!), and ‘A Bad Note’ (Kelly tries out for an American Idol type show, but Screech and his robot Kevin get selected instead!)

My biggest problem with this comic is that Screech is too handsome. Just look at the cover, why does Screech have such a winning smile? Sure, he’s dressed like the dork he is, but he even makes that hairstyle look pretty good. Comic Screech should be just as dorky as TV show Screech.

In full disclosure, I’m not a huge comic book fan. I enjoy my daughters My Little Pony comics, but I don’t go out of my way to read comics. I likely won’t read any more SBTB comics if they come out with them, and I do encourage SBTB fans to check this out for the nostalgia.

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