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Simpsons Comics #114

Posted: Saturday, January 21, 2006
By: Ray Tate

"Ring-A-Ding Springfield"
"M is for Zirconia"

Writer: Eric Rogers; Tony DiGerolamo
Artists: Jason Ho(p), Mike Rote(i), Art Villanueva(c); James Lloyd(p), Andrew Pepoy(i), Nathan Hamill(c)
Publisher: Bongo

Eric Rogers relates a pretty decent riff on the Simpsons episode "22 Short Films About Springfield," where while Bart and Milhouse from a bridge spit at cars wonder about the support cast of The Simpsons. For Rogers' story, the threads are tied by cellphones. It's an inventive and up to date plot device that allows for some fine shorts.

Kang and Kodos are the first to find a cellphone thrown by Abe Simpson, but their call connects Chief Wiggum who faces a Speed parody courtesy of a criminal Springfield resident.

The criminal in question has locked Marge and Maggie in the trunk of their carjacked pink Oldsmochevy. Marge tries to reach Homer, but you'll not guess what has happened to his cellphone.

Two parties are trying to reach Homer, but when Homer doesn't answer, they contact the delightful Disco Stu. Stu's phone gets lost in continuity, and when Ned Flanders picks it up, he finds Fat Tony on the other line.

A wrong number reaches Sideshow Bob, and this proves to be a repulsive offer that offends even the would be Bart-murderer. Bart's prank calls have become a staple of the show, but Eric Rogers finds a way to freshen the method in his story.

Apu listens to Professor Frink's latest experiment. If you first don't succeed, blah, blah, blah, but Frink's second attempt doesn't get picked up for numerous jokes. It all ends with a massive domino effect, which permits Jason Ho, Mike Rote and the colorful Art Villanueva to contribute another double-page spread.

We conclude this issue with another deranged Maggie and Moe mystery. Tony DiGerolamo's premise for this never bought television series is that Moe's babysitting stint on the show and Maggie's strategic genius evinced in countless episodes evolved into a crime-fighting sleuthing team.

In this episode, a gem flies the coop, and Maggie and Moe must solve the mystery. The only problem is that the suspects are all evildoers and miscreants of a high caliber. DiGerolamo's dialogue for our suspects is hilarious, and Moe's constant attacks at innocent parties just highlight his stupidity.

Artwork by James Lloyd, Andrew Pepoy and Nathan Hamil nicely brings characters to life and in conjunction with the setting provide knick-knack details and defined shadows.

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