"Ring Around the Simpsons"
Writer: Ian Boothby
Artist: Dan Brereton
"The Cask of Amontila-D'oh!"
Writer: Paul Dini
Artists: Dan Brereton(p), Ted Naifeh(i), Nathan Kane(c)
"From Hell and Back"
Writer/Artist: Gary Millidge, Nathan Kane(c)
The annual installment of Bart Simpson's Treehouse of Horror possesses a diabolical funny bone and a sharp point of satire. It also features artists that rarely can be found haunting comedy books.
In the first story, Dan Brereton's artwork almost uses his usual cubist style with a Robert McGuinness flair for pulp, but if you look closely, you can see that his style for this exorcise lacks no restraint even when more or less spiriting straight mimicry of Frodo's Magical Mystery Tour.
Ian Boothby, the premiere Simpsons writer for the comic book prestidigitates characteristic jokes for TV's Favorite Family some of which will move you to tears of hilarity. Other jokes send up the Tolkein movie adaptation and offer a decidedly male opinion of Legalos, the elfin character that seems to generate pelvic spasms in females.
Inker Ted Naifeh mutates Dan Brereton's style into something more cartoony and illustratively ghoulish for Paul Dini's die-lightful "Cast of Amontila-D'oh!" Taking advantage of one Springfieldian's borderline madness, the team Poe-etically scribe a fetid fate for Homer J. Mr. Dini cements the characters' motivations with the extrapolation of their characterization on the series, and the laughs definitely are of the blacker kind found in the series' Halloween specials.
The subgenre of Jack the Ripper horror was just dying to be spoofed, and Gary Millidge proves just to be the right bloke to do the job right. Ear-to-ear grins will fill readers' faces as this slice of kidne-pie fills the gut of the story with all the conventions of the lore. Conspiracy, Abberline, Freemasonry, nothing is sacred when profaning what Ripperologists hold dear.
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