In my blog post for My Top 5 Funko Pop Vinyl Wishlist on my Funko Wishlist was a series on The Legendary Ms. Britney Spears. Anyone who knows me knows that Britney Spears is one of the staples of my life so it was just a matter of time before she started showing up on my blog.
Before I get into my review of Fame: Britney Spears I want to take a little time to tell my Britney origin story. I begins back in 2002 on a school trip. You see back in 2002 the internet was still in its infancy and things like smart phones and digital music didn’t really exist yet. Basically every one had personal cd players and small CD wallets they would keep their CDs in. During school trips you’d pass around your CDs and everyone would listen to each others music. While this was a great way to listen to new music it also exposed the most embarrassing music in your collection to all of your friends. This lead me to find my girlfriend had a copy of Britney Spears’s …Baby One More Time.
After making fun of her for having a Britney Spears CD I decided to listen to the whole thing start to finish as a joke. 15 year old St. Jason was very much into Punk Rock those days and would never be caught listening to pop or mainstream music. So listening away it starts of fairly standard, songs 1 through 3 are the album singles, …Baby One More Time, (You Drive Me) Crazy, and Somtimes. These are songs that I had heard before on the radio or in department stores. Song 4 is Soda Pop which is a weird reggae influenced song that remains my least favorite song across Britney’s entire catalog. Thing came song number 5, Born to Make You Happy, and like Scott Glen says in Suckerpunch, I was unprepared. It’s not that I was surprised and found the song ok or somewhat likable song, I had stumbled upon a song that I immediately loved. I listened to it 3 to 5 times in a row and knew right away that this would certainly be one of my favorite songs.
Since then I have been a big fan and have followed her career, bought her music, and seen her in concert whenever possible. So when I found out that there was a Britney Spears comic book I immediately purchased it.
First I think I should note that the Fame series of comics seems to cover any and every one of even remote fame. It has obvious celebrities like Beyoncé and One Direction but also weird ones like Tom Daley and PSY. So needless to say I had pretty low expectations going in to this.
The comic starts with these weird fairy narrators, which really is as odd as it sounds. It then starts at the beginning of her career through the Mickey Mouse Club days. It then goes on to Britney getting her record deal and getting overwhelmed with fame. There is then a small section about her marriage to Keven Federline, her public breakdown, and her 2007 VMA Performance. It ends with Britney’s 2008 VMA win for Video of the Year and her comeback as the Queen of Pop.
It is a little weird that the comic came out in 2011 (which is when Britney released her 7th Studio Album Femme Fatale) but only covers her career until 2008. It is a pretty abbreviated version of the events of Britney’s life, but seeing as it is a story the public is fairly familiar I can understand why they skipped portions of it. I was glad it didn’t just harp on the bad times but was actually a fairly positive look at her life. If you are interested in a more detailed look at her early life you would have better luck with Britney Spears: Heart to Heart. Being as I am very familiar with her life story I was pleasantly surprised to find a few little information bits in this comic that I didn’t know. I had no idea she was in a girl group called Innocence or that she wasn’t actually born in Louisiana.
There are a few moments where the art in this comic looks ok.
However, for the most part the art is terrible.
If you are a huge Britney Spears fan then I would recommend you pick up the comic digitally (you can get it on Comixology here). However, I wouldn’t spend more than the 1.99 digital price for it. There are print versions available but since they are 4 years old now they are actually kind of hard to find and go for 20 dollars on ebay. The small facts about her life that I didn’t know made it worth the 1.99 price for me but I couldn’t imagine most people caring about those kind of details. Britney Spears is one of the most well know celebrities on the planet so there are dozens of better sources of information available if you want to find out how she got to where she is now.