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Simpsons Comics #129

Posted: Saturday, April 21, 2007
By: Ray Tate

Writer: Len Wein
Artists: John Costanza(p), Phyllis Novin(i), Art Villanueva(c)
Publisher: Bongo

Len Wein makes up for his last issue of Futurama with a strong issue of Simpsons Comics. The story focuses on Homer, and how his life changes when he gets a--I guess you would call it--a medical assist scooter.

My one issue with the story is how Wein gets there. I cannot believe eating a Glorioski sandwich at night would bother Homer. He has a cast iron stomach.

The rest of the tale works smoothly. Homer has already displayed behavior in which he is quite willing to take advantage of medical assists. In the television series, he ruined a helper monkey. This just represents the next step and also functions well within Matt Groening's intent that the characters, barring Lisa, learn absolutely nothing from their escapades.

Wein greases the wheels of his story with excellent jokes--several involving the classic cartoon trope of little angels and devils appearing over one's shoulders to debate intended action. The hilarious Troy McClure makes an appearance, and Smithers and Burns get good material.

The art by John Costanza and Phyllis Novin is mostly good, but some of the art is horribly off model. While the book has switched to cheaper shiny paper, the effect the paper has on the art cannot be this pronounced. Art Villanueva's usually brilliant colors though do suffer from the paper switch. I'm sure everyone involved had they known about the printing changes would have adapted their styles.

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