Just got #187. Kinda disappointed. The description had a lot of potential and I really like the cover art but... there's just no story to it.
Problem number one: It's the same joke over and over again for 25 pages. And nothing against the guy, but it's something I've brought up before - I'm tired of how most things that Ian Boothby writes has to be a pun or some kind of play of words. He just makes the joke too 'in your face' and treats the reader as if they're stupid (he did the same thing in the latest Futurama. There's lots of gags referring to iPhone apps, and there was one about the game Cut the Rope that actually made me laugh when I saw the visual, but then he had the Professor actually yell out "cut the rope!" which totally ruined it for me - gags are ruined when they have to be explained). For example, in this one, they have Bart and Lisa arguing over pokes (ala Facebook) - "Bart's poking me!" "Just superpoke him back", and then Lisa suddenly snaps for the sake of a cheap joke - "I'm going upstairs to my space". We already know what the plot of the comic is, we don't need stupid jokes like this; that one literally made me groan out loud. It is possible to make references to things without making them so in-your-face and obvious all the time, and there's no rule that is always has to be a joke. Sometimes I can smile or laugh just from appreciating a good reference, and honestly find it tiring when a script is always trying to grasp for laugh after laugh.
Problem number two: There's no real ending. Making it more obvious that this was just an easy way to write a heap of internet jokes, and the end is basically "lets go to Moe's, get drunk, and forget what just happened."
Problem number three: John Costanza at his crappiest. Nuff said.
Overall, a really disappointing issue.
Edit: Was browsing amazon, and came across this:
Note the year, 2010. Now, compare it to the cover of Simpsons Comics #184, published November 2011:
Identical aside from a few changed colours. Now, I knew Bongo could be lazy... but REALLY? Using art from a comic cover on another publication is one thing, but to reverse it (use old artwork on a monthly issue) just seems wrong to me.