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Futurama #17

Posted: Saturday, May 29, 2004
By: Ray Tate



"The Time Bender Trilogy" Part One

Writer: Ian Boothby
Artists: John Delaney(p), Phyllis Novin(i), Joey Mason(c)
Publisher: Bongo

Man, I miss Futurama. Bongo beams another issue of the next best thing to the comic book racks. When last we left Fry, Leela, Bender and the Professor's clone Cubert, they were the last people on earth. Most would find this an unacceptable situation, but Bender and Fry take a much more philosophical approach. Party!

Ian Boothby, that sharp-witted humorist, resurrects the voices of the cast as Bender and Fry loot and sample what life has left them. Meanwhile, the more serious minded Leela with Cubert try to get to the bottom of things. This ends in stink.

Along the way, Doctor Who, Blackadder and science fiction jokes abound until the arrival of familiar aliens who are not behind the earth's recent problems. This is a very clever move on Boothby's part. We know the continuity of the characters and their previous dealings with the earth. They should not be behind the desolate state of the planet, but they would take advantage of it according to the truly mind-boggling laws that govern the cosmos.

When we discover the true answer to the phenomena, the explanation makes perfect sense and was even foreshadowed by Boothby in early scenes. The absurdist science fiction elements provide a convincing cliffhanger to a rare part one, and the whole book looks like an M & Ms factory exploded on the pages of Matt Groening's artwork. So kudos again to the artistic chameleon John Delaney and his able inker Phyllis Novin.



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