Let's see how do I phrase this. I've already said that Ian Boothby is a comic genius, but in this issue of Simpsons Comics, he surpasses that genius. I'd call him a super comic genius, but I dare say Wile E. Coyote would sue.
Not only does Boothby provide laughs in this issue of Simpsons Comics he concocts a fairplay mystery that with a little reworking would make a fine drama. Boothby though expertly centers this mystery in the world of The Simpsons.
Everything about the story speaks in the language of Matt Groening. The conformity evolves hints to what really occurs and also an argument against such a thing. The cynicism of sheep-like society not only provides clues and conflict but also speaks out against the ostracism of individuals.
Lest you think that this story is a deep exploration in man's inhumanity to man, I'd like to direct you into one particular joke that while given running commentary on the show has never been employed for such laugh out loud hilarity before. I give you Boothby at his mad, mad, simply mad best.
Also beyond up to snuff we find artists Phil Oritz, DeCarlo and Villanueva interpreting the massive cast of the Simpsons in a variety of ways and in different filters of uniform. The artist's timing gives each scene whatever it needs: suspense, comedy, a complexity of emotion and a heightening of paranoid atmosphere.
In closing, this is easily the best issue of Simpsons Comics ever published. Brilliant, gentlemen. Simply, brilliant.