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Simpsons #118

Posted: Saturday, May 20, 2006
By: Ray Tate



"The X-Men"

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

The book opens with a cunning Boothby prank carried out by Bart. These three pages merely serve as the impetus to get Bart into the Principal's office and catalyze the plot proper, or so you think.

The plot proper, or so you think, gathers Springfield's lonely hearts led by the therapy of one Dr. Nick Riviera--"Hi! Dr. Nick!" Such a gathering gives Boothby the opportunity of which he makes use to send up the dating scene, but then the madman swerves the plot into unexpected territory.

As the story progresses, Boothby slaps together jokes on the Flash, Indiana Jones and the Legion of Super-Heroes. Through this convoluted path, Homer somehow ends up sorely disappointed and as desperate as an OCD patient to join the group.

What should be the ending isn't, and that just leaves the reader scratching her head until the next page explains what the hell has really been going down in the finely rendered Groening-inspired panels of Oritz, DeCarlo and Villanueva. I applaud the insanity.



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