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Simpsons Comics #85

Posted: Friday, August 22, 2003
By: Ray Tate

Writer: Patric Verrone
Artist: Phil Ortiz(p), Mike DeCarlo(i), Art Villanueva(c)
Publisher: Bongo

Funny and absurd, Simpsons Comics generally matches the hilarity to be found on the television series. This issue is no different.

The story opens with everybody's favorite loser Gil offering the Simpsons the chance to be a type of Nielsen Family. For those unfamiliar with the phenomena, these are the tasteless idiots who decide which programs will live and which shall die on the big three American networks. Because of them J.A.G. is still on the air. Each member of this dysfunctional family should be taken out and shot.

Upon receiving free access to the fifty-seven and then some channels about which Bruce Springstein sang, Patric Verrone and Phil Oritz start catapulting the station-by-station jokes. While some could be funnier, the Ozzy Osbourne running gag is a gut-buster.

The opening barrage is nothing compared to the cutting edge satire of the premise. The masterminds behind the Big Brother channel observation come to the conclusion that the Simpsons' choices could be extrapolated to all fashion. We can only assume that Springfield is the only town that's stupid enough to fall for such a scheme.

The second story has a few moments, but it's just not very memorable, and I did not laugh out loud.

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