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Futurama Comics #42

Posted: Saturday, March 28, 2009
By: Ray Tate

Patrick M. Verrone
James Lloyd(p), Andrew Pepoy(i), Nathan Kane(c)
Some dirty dogs retrieved Seymour, the fossilized mutt whose mere mention brings many a Futurama watcher to tears. The Planetary Express Crew pick up the scent of these dead-dog nappers. Little do they expect that there's a flea in the ointment.

The story starts out as the usual joke-filled romp. Verrone's dialogue mimics the delivery of the cast's voices. Lloyd, Pepoy and Kane keep Fry, Leela and Bender in good visual humor. Needless to say, basing the story on a continuity point gives the adventure validity. Verrone could have been happy with simply meeting the necessary criteria of characterization and gags, but then he directs the tale into unexpected territory. The escalation if you will distinguishes this issue of Futurama as a great rather than a merely good issue.

One of Professor Farnsworth's typically hilarious crackpot inventions kicks off the story proper. The original device is also the first joke that made me laugh aloud. Amusement through four pages and a guffaw at the fifth isn't a bad ratio.

The crew of course go to the dogs, evinced on the cover. These dogs are alien canines that underwent convergent evolution but sport some major distinctions from earth hounds. Verrone takes full advantage of both worlds. He pulls gags from the dog-like behavior of the aliens, and he crafts jokes from their surprising differences. He also develops characteristic humor from Fry, Leela and Bender.

Lloyd, Pepoy and Kane scratch out a whole doggone world. Not only do they portray a multitude of breeds, they construct an alien environment that's based on dog culture. The palace for instance looks like a dog house, and that's something one might expect. Open the doors however, and you see sight gags based on well known dog jokes set against dog hieroglyphics, which depict ancient dog behavior. I also don't believe it's an accident that the color of the walls and columns resemble the off-brown of a dog biscuit.

The idea of an alien species based upon man's best friend could have been the sole source of entertainment gravy, but Verrone, Lloyd, Pepoy and Kane break from the leash to deliver a cleverly plotted and visually arresting issue of Futurama Comics.

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