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Simpsons #104

Posted: Saturday, March 19, 2005
By: Ray Tate



"The Duffman Cometh"

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

Although not loaded with a dazzling array of off kilter jokes, Simpsons Comics thanks to Ian Boothby still bubbles with an amusing focus on one of Springfield's lesser tiered characters. Fortunately for the reader Boothby's just as good when maturing the brew as he is when creating bubbles at the bottom of the bottle.

The character in question soon meets with Homer in an almost believable way. The froth of the bar chat from Lenny, Carl and Moe which help instigate the keg of errors alludes to the style of the program in such classic episodes as the one in which Frank Grimes tries to do what Homer can do and pays for such hubris with his life.

When the two characters gel quite a few plausible though zany twists add zing to the mix and provide evanescent scenes guaranteed to make the reader drunk with laughter. Ian Boothby certainly does not sit on his duff.

The conclusion caps off the perfect laissez-faire attitude of the Simpsons television show. The bubbles burst, and the situations settle to the status quo, but unlike most exercises, this sets up another round for the comedy.

John Costanza's mimicry of the Matt Groening style is pure blue ribbon material. Mike DeCarlo serves up crystal clear inks, and Art Villanueva displays a smooth rolling rock solid run through all the colors the rainbow provides.



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