Writer: Ian Boothby
Artists: Luis Escobar(p), Steve Steere Jr.(i), Art Villanueva(c)
"Secret Origin of Sideshow Mel"
Writer: Gail Simone
Artists: Ryan Rivette(p), Andrew Pepoy(i), Art Villanueva(c)
Here is yet another example of why Montgomery Burns is the best and most successful villain in any media. Burns makes Shiwan Khan look like an amateur.
After Monty's unexpected tribute to Logan's Run fails due to union interference, Burns instigates a contingency plan that's even better than merely killing his nemeses.
His scheme a) tortures his victims and b) gains him more profit. Now, that's villainy, and he would have succeeded had it not been for a cockamamie contrivance foreshadowed early in the story. Normally, this would be a bad thing, but the Simpsons runs on contrivance.
Gail Simone follows Ian Boothby's magnificent revel in greed with the untold origin of Sideshow Mel. She brings in a nice array of Simpsonian history to amuse. The story is about making people laugh, and such a tale could have easily led to her pratfall, but she arrives with finesse at the end on a laugh.
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