Current Reviews


Bart Simpson Comics #31

Posted: Saturday, August 26, 2006
By: Ray Tate

"Spree for All"

Writer: Evan Dorkin
Artists: James Lloyd(p), Andrew Pepoy(i), Nathan Hamill(c)

"The Maggie & Moe Mysteries: The Disappearing Duchess"

Writer: Tony Digerolamo
Artists: James Lloyd(p), Andrew Pepoy(i), Nathan Hamill(c)
Publisher: Bongo

Two stories take the center stage in Bart Simpson Comics. Evan Dorkin uses a shopping spree as the impetus to begin his tale. It's funny how shopping sprees only appear in comics and sitcoms. The closest I've come to one in real life is Barnes & Noble's annual three for two DVD sale.

Bart has plans for his spree, but so does everybody else. Dorkin takes a page from an old Foghorn Leghorn cartoon to once again reveal that age-old truth "Everybody wants something."

In a very credible fashion, Dorkin eschews the simple prediction the reader makes. He keeps Bart self-centered, with his bulging eyes "on the prize." Invariably though the ending you saw coming arrives from a different direction to add even more humor to the multiple side-jokes peppering the story.

In the second feature Digerolamo returns with another bizarre spoof on seventies detective stories. Moe baby sits Maggie, and this of course means another mystery lurking in the corner of the not Chucky Cheese setting.

Moe is one lousy detective, and Digerolamo takes great delight in using his abrasive personality to make him even worse and more clueless. Maggie usually the brains of the outfit fails at first in discovering the whereabouts of the vanishing princess, but eventually and perhaps due to the added competition of equally insane concepts. Duff Beer's Titania and Baby Gerald, the one-eyebrowed creature that occasionally strolls by to glare at Maggie team up as a second sleuthing duo. Mags however using her dead-eye aim, established in The Simpsons, gets her man.

The artwork by James Lloyd and Andrew Pepoy in both stories gives the reader Matt Groening's style in a variety of the characters' moods and poses. Nathan Hamill's colors actually match the multitudinous rainbow collage employed by Art Villanueva.

What did you think of this book?
Have your say at the Line of Fire Forum!