"To Kill A Mocking Bart"
Boo Radley was not harmed during the making of this comic book...
Writer: Ian Boothby
Artists: Phil Oritz(p), Phyllis Novin(i), Villanueva(c)
Ian Boothby explores just about every subgenre of humor in The Simpsons. The running series gag of Gil the haplessly unemployed serves as a catalyst for a series of unlikely events--one of which results in Homer becoming a defense attorney.
Boothby raises the bar on Homer's threshold of creativity. He very sagely spots out the weaknesses in the law. It's so damn boring. In livening things up, Homer provides the reader with quick little sketch gags all oriented toward having his clients beat their respective raps.
Boothby though through these episodes sets up the idea that Homer's clients are always guilty of the crimes of which they are accused. This generates the idea that Bart is guilty of a serious crime. Only this time, Homer's playful antics absurdly backfire and force Lisa to investigate.
Now the book becomes a detective story--though hardly a mystery thanks to Ortiz's and Novin's ease of character emoting while sticking to the Groening model. This hasn't been the first Simpsons detective story, and it likely won't be the last, but it does match the intricacy of others--such as the attempted murder of Selma by Side Show Bob--that have aired on the show.
The detective story exhibits no trickery. Lisa follows the facts that lead her to a logical conclusion. Name a serious book published this year that did that. Having trouble? Contact Jean Loring, the Scarlet Witch and Norman Osborne for help.
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