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Simpsons Comics #103

Posted: Friday, February 18, 2005
By: Ray Tate


Writer: Ian Boothby
Artists: Phil Oritz(p), Mike DeCarlo(i), Art Villanueva(c)
Publisher: Bongo

Marge Simpson is generally speaking the straight woman in "television's favorite family." Occasionally she will take center stage by becoming a cop, a gambler or alcoholic. Mostly though, Marge is the voice of reason in the chaos of absurdity.

For this issue of Simpsons Comics and through the mad wit of Ian Boothby, Marge becomes a lightning rod for humor. Boothby uses a prop from Marge's cumulus to insinuate her into the world of television news. Naturally, this upward trend involves Kent Brockman who cannot help but be funny when written with a gusto that Boothby easily meets.

Boothby does not stop with merely elevating the humor. He also plots without clouding the issue. Through Marge's past, he finds a means to create conflict, and this provides him also with the opportunity to feature an unusual team-up between two Springfield rivals while precipitating throwaway gags that help the flow of the system.

Artists Phil Oritz, Mike DeCarlo and Art Villanueva accumulate the Groening style and also layer the laughs. Their deft handling of over the top dramatic shadows on page one starts off the comedy. The fourth page exhibits the comic timing one expects from these experienced Simpsonian forecasters. On page six, the pure surreal setup makes the reader burst, and of course their depiction of the guest Marvel almost pays for the book.

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