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Futurama #11

Posted: Saturday, February 8, 2003
By: Ray Tate



"Cure for the Common Clod"

Writer: Patric M. Verrone
Artists: Tom King(p), Phyllis Novin(i), Joey Mason(c)
Publisher: Bongo

Futurama is supposed to leave the airwaves, but let's hope the comic book continues. To not have the quirky future-shock adventures of Fry, Leela, Professor Farnsworth, Bender and the rest at all would be a tragedy.

This issue spoofs a classic scifi theme in which the common cold is cured but some idiot from the past brings it back to the future. You may recall the Martians being felled by an infection in the movie War of the Worlds or the Doctor's companion Dodo with a sneeze changing the balance of power between species.

In Futurama, even the way Fry picks up a cold is ingenious and funny. The author naturally takes into account the extermination of the common cold and finds a Trekkish way to bring it back. He then pays back Fry's stupidity with torture involving the Travolta 3000--a plastic bubble and the second clever and risible movie allusion.

It could be worse, Fry could have been cared for by Dr. Zoidberg whose medical one-liners are gut-busting to read. The idea of Fry's cold differently affecting different beings due to their genetic composition actually has the audacity to be likely accurate; though I doubt such a vector would manifest so comedically, but the author isn't finished with the reader. The cold virus manifests into one of the most bizarre uses of continuity I have ever seen.

The artwork is sharp and colorful. Regarding Leela, the artwork takes in account proportion and aesthetic nudity. This contrasts the somewhat disgusting applications of the cold virus symptoms. There is less slapstick shtick then one expects. Most of the artwork is character driven, and the comedy derives from the departure in character.



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