Bingo Love #1
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Bingo Love #1

Writer: Tee Franklin Artist: Jenn St-Onge, Joy San, Cardinal Rae Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: February 14, 2018 Cover Price: $9.99 Critic Reviews: 18
8.6Critic Rating
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When Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at first sight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families. Decades later, now in their mid-'60s, Hazel and Mari reunite again at a church bingo hall. Realizing their love for each other is still alive, what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage.

From TEE FRANKLIN (NAILBITER's "THE OUTFIT," Love is Love) and JENN ST-ONGE (Jem & The Misfits), BINGO LOVE is a touching story of love, family, and resiliency that spans over 60 years.
"A towering emotional achievement. BINGO LOVE more

  • 10
    Impulse Gamer - Chris O'Connor Dec 19, 2017

    With same sex marriage finally legalised in Australia and acceptance growing around the world it's still important to remember how far LGBTIQ+ rights have come. How far we've come in acceptance and arguably how much further there still is to go. This wonderful story strips away the name calling, the political point scoring and simply looks at two people who fall in love and the challenges they face to express that love. It would be interesting to have someone opposed to same sex relationships read this story and find out what they think afterwards. There are no real stereotypes here" nothing to grab on to and dismiss" it is simply two people, in love. There doesn't need to be any more to it than that. A lovely story that should be read by as many people as possible and maybe a few people will come to realise that indeed" love, is love! Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Pop Break - Feb 14, 2018

    Elle getting smacked by her mother for kissing Mari made me physically hurt. And, I must admit reading through this made me cry more than once. Thats how much this story spoke to me. I found this love story to be flawless. Bingo Love gets a perfect score. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicsverse - Ashley Wertz Feb 7, 2018

    BINGO LOVE is a bittersweet scrapbook of memories that showcases Tee Franklin's nuanced storytelling alongside Jenn St-Onge's dynamic and colorful illustrations. This story is a must-read for anyone pining for more well-written queer love stories featuring women of color. Read Full Review

  • 10
    You Don't Read Comics - Andrew Magazzu Feb 13, 2018

    With so much buzz and eyes on the project, Franklin and St-Onge had a lot of expectation to live up to, but they not only fulfilled those expectations but wildly improved upon them. Bingo Love tells an amazing, thematically rich, character focused story that is already poised to be a favorite of many in 2018. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Corps - Pierre Arnette Feb 15, 2018

    Bingo Love should win best OGN this year. I know it's only February, but this book has it all. It has great writing, fantastic characters, and it has beautiful and vibrant art. But most of all, it's a relevant story for any person of color that has struggled with expressing their love for a person of the same sex. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Nerdophiles - Ashley Glenn Feb 14, 2018

    It's not always easy to combine so many different elements that create an identity and make it a smooth story, but Bingo Love does it in a way that entices the reader and gives them all the warm fuzzies their stomach can handle. If you're looking for a comic that embodies a real relationship, Bingo Love has just called your number. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Dec 9, 2017

    But for the rest of our sakes, the readers and those looking to see the comics industry as a whole break beyond the narrow worldview its supported for over 80 years, we need this book and others like it to serve as an allegory for what can be possible. Elle and Mari knew something was missing, just like we do. And making that break to get something truly RIGHT is hard. But Bingo Love shows us its worth it. Its worth it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - benchoward Feb 9, 2018

    (Note: My copy is a pre-order version from before the books deal with Image Comics). Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joe Glass Dec 11, 2017

    Bingo Love is a strong and beautiful romance and tale of love, family, and inclusiveness with a powerful effort at diversity and representation that would be great to see more of in comics. This is well worth checking out for anyone needing a touch of romance in their lives. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Anthony Wendel Jan 5, 2018

    A book so good you want to recommend it to everyone. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Feb 16, 2018

    'Bingo Love' is not perfect but love itself seldom is. It is an honest and heartfelt story that is inclusive. It's about love, about black love, about queer love and the universal desire to be true to yourself and your partner against all odds. Franklin pours her heart on the page and St-Onge/San bring it to glorious life. This is an essential landmark for what the future of diversity in comics looks like. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jan 23, 2018

    It's a sweet, heartwarming and human tale that should remind readers why representation is so important. This book exists now for a whole new generation of queer folks and people of color to see themselves in. It may not be perfect, but it's a whole lot better than the options those readers had before. It's a reminder that there is a place and an audience for every kind of story, as long as it is crafted with honesty and without pretense. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geekery Magazine - C.J. Pendragon Feb 15, 2018

    Join their journey, and don't forget your bingo marker; you never know when you'll hit jackpot. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    GWW - Do You Even Comic Book Feb 15, 2018

    Representation like this matters, not only for the people who live these lives but for people like me who seek to gain perspective into these kinds of situations. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Black Nerd Problems - L.E.H. Light Feb 19, 2018

    Bingo Love is a nice romance story that is perfect for teens and up. I read much of it to my kid, and she loved it, and she learned something about how lesbians and queer women were treated in the past, so that's a win all around. For adults, the voiceover may get a little thick in places " there's a ton of exposition covering the years between the major story beats. At some points the dialog feels stilted, like word choices didn't match the person speaking. Even with that, this is a fun, funny LGBTQ graphic novel now out in wide release. It is great that Image saw and decided to support a good thing. I look forward to Franklin's next project. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - Eric Cline Jan 8, 2018

    Though it borders a bit on cliche, Bingo Love is a cute story for when you're in the mood for a feel-good read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Doom Rocket - Courtney Ryan Jan 9, 2018

    Despite a few beginner's hiccups, Bingo Love is a welcome and rewarding debut from an ambitious emerging talent. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - Ben Snyder Jan 17, 2018

    Stories like Bingo Love are vital to comic books as an industry. More diversity can only produce more varied and phenomenal stories and for this reason Bingo Love is a marvel. We need more and more voices such as Tee Franklin's to take center stage. And Bingo Love is an adequate enough introduction into the realm of comic writing. It isn't horrible by any stretch of the imagination. It's simply not a knock out, which is perfectly fine. Read Full Review

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