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Futurama Comics #31

Posted: Saturday, May 26, 2007
By: Ray Tate



"As the Wormhole Turns"

Writer: Ian Boothby
Artists: Phil Oritz(p), Mike DeCarlo(i), Nathan Hamill(c)
Publisher: Bongo

Not only is this issue of Futurama Comics uproariously funny. It exemplifies a writer doing his homework. Either that, or Ian Boothby unwittingly but accurately tapped into current astrophysics theory.

The gag-filled issue of Futurama Comics begins with Nibbler, Leela's pet, having the worms. Nibbler like Matter-Eater Lad can digest anything and often does. Unlike Matter-Eater Lad, Nibbler excretes Dark Matter--which fuels Professor Farnsworth's ship in a very special way. Nibbler's worms also void Dark Matter, but their scat behaves differently than Nibbler’s compact, super-heavy spheres. Nibbler’s worms through their waste inadvertently create wormholes in the curvature of space/time.

With the wormholes open, Boothby shifts the focus on Professor Farnsworth and Hermes, his uber fiduciary man. Their cold-blooded teamwork alludes to several episodes, which remind the audience that Professor Farnsworth despite having senile and mad moments is at heart a businessman. Thanks to the wormholes, the Professor and Hermes can actually cut the middlemen of Planetary Express and save a bundle. This means they can fire Bender and demote Leela, who is only necessary as the keeper of the pet since the wormholes now make the Planetary Express ship obsolete.

Through the proceedings Boothby comes up with even more inventive exploitations for the theoretical vortices through space/time. He comments on immigration. He increases the efficiency of Bender's larceny and laziness. He also contributes a new spin on alien species invading the earth, which fits beautifully with Futurama's absurd universe, and allows a callback to what seemed to be a throwaway gag.

The art's simply fecund. Kazaleh fills each panel with numerous guest stars from sci-fi while nailing the likenesses of the Futurama cast, with a sleekness that's courtesy of inker Andrew PePoy. Futurama Comics also benefits from a far richer palette of colors--even more so than those vividly brightening the screen in Futurama's sister-show the Simpsons. Colorist Hamill quite easily replicates the hues for the cast and guest stars, and he also fills the plethora of unrecognizable aliens with unique schemes.

Researched, comedic and sketched with eyes for detail, this issue of Futurama Comics is outstanding.



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