Writer: Ian Boothby
Artists: James Lloyd & Steve Steere Jr.
Publisher: Bongo Comics
Since the premiere of Matt Groening’s “Futurama” TV show, fans have been asking for a crossover with Groening’s cultural icon, “The Simpsons”. There was just one problem: “Futurama” is meant to be the real world 1,000 years into the future. The “Futurama” characters know the Simpsons only as works of fiction. Fortunately, the series itself would provide an answer.
An episode of “Futurama” saw a race of powerful, floating brains turn everyone on Earth into idiots. Only Fry was immune, since he lacked a particular brain wave. (In short, Fry was saved by his unique type of stupidity.) The brains tried to trap Fry in works of fiction. He escaped, and drove off the leader brain. Nobody remembered anything, except Nibbler. Everyone thinks Nibbler is a pet with a voracious appetite. But he’s really a member of the oldest race in the universe, and the eternal enemy of the brain’s quest to destroy all thought.
Fortunately, you can read this story without knowing any of that. I’m just trying to fill some space since short reviews look lazy.
Fry, Leela, and Bender pick up the galaxy’s largest comic book collection to be sealed in diamond forever. When the brains appear, they reveal that they are behind the collector’s market; it’s part of a larger plan to keep all art away from society, thereby making them dumber and easier to destroy. Fry accidentally inspires the brains to kidnap the entire crew of Planet Express and trap them in a comic book. The comic happens to be an issue of ‘The Simpsons’.
Inside the comic, the crew looses their memories. Only Fry and Nibbler know what’s happening. Fry looks for his friends, while Nibbler tries to break the diamond coating the brains put around the comic. With the universe in danger, our heroes stumble into their ‘Simpsons’ counterparts, Fry gets trapped, and Nibbler gets stupid. To be continued. . .
. . . in four months.
Yep, the second half of this two-part story isn’t coming out until December. Damn.
To be honest, I’d say this is a story. It’s amusing, with clever little jokes about comic collecting, a couple of digs at the colors in “The Simpsons”, and cameos by minor “Simpsons” characters. I find it as funny as any episode of “Futurama”, or “Simpsons”, circa 1997. But there’s not much about the story that stands out.
But since “Futurama” has been cancelled, comics will be the only source for new stories. And this is the meeting fans have been waiting for for years. So I give it an extra bullet. Maybe you’ll buy this and get a couple of chuckles thanks to Fry, Bender, & Co. I’d like that.
Nice book, though I don’t think it was heavily ordered by comic shops. If your shop doesn’t have it, check out the supermarkets and newsstands. Bongo books appear frequently in those mass market outlets.
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