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Bart Simpson Comics #66

A comic review article by: Ray Tate

The first story by Scott M. Simple, Mike Kazleh and Art Villanueva makes use of Marge's obsessive nature. Professor Frink in holographic form shows up at the Simpsons abode to declare their residence an environmental disaster area.

Marge decides to change her ways and take anybody in the family who doesn't with her.

The story is relevant, sharp, smart and funny. It also depends on Marge's characterization and unwittingly comes up with some pretty decent carbon footprint reducing ideas amongst absurdities. For instance, making a recycling can out of Duff beer cans for Duff beer cans is actually plausible. The result is reminiscent of Mystery Science Theater's invention exchanges.

Artwise, Kazaleh opts for a rubbery early Simpsons look alluding to Seasons 1 or 2. It's still valid but a little a little jarring to look upon.

Maggie's First Day” is a substantial addition to Sergio Aragones' Maggie's Crib series of shorts. The tale starts as an average day with Homer taking the kids to school and going to work, but he forgets to drop off Maggie at the Daycare Center. So, he inadvertently takes Maggie to the Nuclear Plant. 

The rambunctious and most cunning of the Simpsons escapes for a series of adventures that saves the Plant, the town and Homer's job. The Maggie moments are cute―especially with Aragones at the helm, and the punchline of the tale is outrageously funny. Homer is absolutely clueless as to what Maggie did and keeps getting more visibly anxious as he tries to figure things out. Colorist Art Villanueva throughout Bart Simpson Comics pours on the candy coats, but for this short, he noticeably softens the hues, and that somehow enhances the charming little tale.

In the final short by Eric Rogers a good ol' fashioned sitcom tradition of inducing amnesia through a knock to the noggin adapts nicely for Bart Simpson Comics.

The resulting wii strike turns the goody-two-shoes Lisa into a hellion whose depth of evil is possibly limitless. Her precocious forays into the dark side impress even Bart.

Lisa gets a free pass at first, and Bart determines to get her in trouble, but eventually, Bart realizes that he must bring back his sibling conscience. Naturally, he employs the tried and true sitcom method.

The story benefits not just from Eric Rogers' imaginative escalations for Lisa but also from James Lloyd's and Andrew Pepoy's dead on replication of the distinctive linework from the animated series. As you can see, they do more than just polished work. They bring the characterization to the pages and think up new ways to visually represent the cast and their feelings.

 


 

Ray Tate's first online work appeared in 1994 for Knotted. He has had a short story, "Spider Without a Web," published in 1995 for the magazine evernight and earned a degree in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh. Since 1995, Ray self-published The Pick of the Brown Bag on various usenet groups, where he reviewed comic books, Doctor Who novels, movies and occasionally music. Circa 2000, he contributed his reviews to Silver Bullet Comic Books (later Comics Bulletin) and became its senior reviewer. Ray Tate would like to think that he's young at heart. Of course, we all know better.

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