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Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror #8

Posted: Friday, October 4, 2002
By: Ray Tate



Writers: Various
Artists: Various
Publisher: Bongo

Tis the season for Halloween, and when Halloween haunts the year, you know very well that another issue of Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror will arrive, and what a treat. For a dollar more, you get a thicker slice of ghastly fun.

Ty Templeton from Batman: Gotham Adventures with colorists--real ones--Nick Rink and Art Villanueva drops "Night of Nineteen Screams" into comic book readers bags. The plot offers a wonderment of the ridiculous and ties directly to Homer's gross stupidity. The myriad jokes all drawn to the Matt Groening style never fail to ellicit a laugh, but for my money the gut-buster is the one where Mr. Burns takes out his anger on Homer in a very unique but characteristic way.

The ever reliable Gail Simone teams up with Jill Thompson of Scary Godmother to satirize the cereal industry. What can I say but this story is Great! The intrinsic logic of the monster's bane makes sense as well as tickles the funny bone, and the narration, courtesy of Apu, is set to a complicated rhyme that's just plain clever. Ms. Simone gets extra points for finding a word rhyming with "puzzle" and making it count. Jill Thompson's painted artwork is so good, you may find yourself wondering why it's in a Simpsons' book.

Scott Shaw and colorist Art Villanueva in "Krustine" parodies Stephen King, but he goes farther than you may think. From out of nowhere comes this superb joke on an old comic book advertizement. In between the reversal of Blondie's "Rapture" the trick or treat gags provide a number of characteristic amusements.

Hillary Barta next surpasses his peers and probably makes Gail Simone go "D'oh" with an moodily illustrated creature feature alphabet done in a limerick style. If more comic books gave this amount of entertainment for the coin, I'd have less to complain about.



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