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    Simpsons Comics Reviews

    I figured I might review some Simpsons-comics here, since I'm almost as engaged in them as in the show.
    Who's interested in reading them?
    @simpsonscollector1998 Thought you might like this.
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    yeah, i could go for that. you could do a review in the style of the modern simpsons review thread. i request you to review "they fixed homer's brain" or the "a brand new burns" two-parter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by we're allowed to have one
    you could do a review in the style of the modern simpsons review thread.
    I charge fees for using that.


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    has the ship sailed on my backrub suggestion, and on my requests for possible reviews? i'm looking forward to them, as i consider the simpsons comic series to be generally underlooked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by we're allowed to have one View Post
    has the ship sailed on my backrub suggestion, and on my requests for possible reviews? i'm looking forward to them, as i consider the simpsons comic series to be generally underlooked.
    Yes, I'll be writing a review for #51 soon. It's one of my favorite issues ever. In fact, it may be in my top 10. So freakin' funny.


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    good stuff! now what about the backrub?

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    Simpsons Comics #51 [PART 1]
    Bart And Lisa And Marge And Homer And Maggie (To A Lesser Extent) Vs. Thanksgiving 10/10



    Fun facts:
    Scott M. Gimple wrote both of the stories in this issue.
    This is the only issue revolving around Thanksgiving.
    The plot structure of this is very similar to the episode "Trilogy Of Error", where all the stories converge at the end.

    Opening page:


    + Hilarious opening page. It's so in-character for Lisa without bordering into the irritating territory. Just like the classic Lisa we know.
    + Apparently Lisa has done this before.
    + Lisa wants to show a slideshow on all the dark sides of turkey's at the abattoir.
    ++ "Cool, Lis! But can you push the slaughterfest to nine?" Classic Bart.
    - Marge is acting a bit like a jerk.
    + At least Homer knows what Thanksgiving is all abo- Oh wait, he invited his bar pals.
    + Wow, Homer ate 16 pounds of turkey. I can understand Marge's anger this time.
    + Marge goes away to buy a new turkey and the kids get the order to set the table, Lisa of course refuses to set the table. Bart as well. The table doesn't get set.
    + Abraham is introduced (I can't bring myself to say "Grampa"). This will be fun!
    + The store Marge goes to has run amuck.
    + Homer goes to Moe's to have a beer, but he's not there, because he's on his way to the party... which Homer invited him to. Fucking idiot.
    ++ Smithers was looking for Homer and the bar was listed as his home address! Damn, maybe he should divorce Marge and move in there?
    +++ Mr. Burns have the tradition that he at Thanksgiving... behead the turkeys... with a guillotine. This is easily the funniest part of the issue. His line "Ah, there's truly nothing that makes you feel more alive than killing, eh, Smithers?" feels delightfully like picked out from a classic episode.
    + Homer moons a kid at Krusty Burgers for stealing pickles from his burger. Talk about food addiction.
    + Bart thinks a bunch of kids are dressed up as zombies to celebrate the new game. They are orphans.
    ++ Lucius Sweet makes a cameo!!!
    + The bullies managed to get in at the casino by wearing monocles. Clever joke.
    + The irony: even the casino Abraham took Lisa to serves turkey.
    + Somebody is crashed by a stash bread crumbs. Goddamn.
    + Homer is surprisingly enthustiastic about saving Mr. Burns from the turkeys.
    + Smithers shows how grateful he is for Homer's help: "Simpson, if you were Mr. Burns, I'd kiss you."
    - Except for the fact that the mayor cares more about orphaned penguins, the orphan jokes are not funny.
    + Lisa find comfort in that the Natives will inflict their revenge on the Americans for all they've done to them. Wow. Pretty dark.
    -- Abraham steals Lisa's purse?! That's really out-of-character.
    + Marge meets a very... overblown refrigerator.
    + Unsurprisingly, everyone starts chasing Marge like crazy for the last turkey.
    ++ Hilarious plot-twist when it turns out Marge didn't get a turkey at all, but just a very hormone-rich chicken.
    + Frink and his science again.
    + Wow, Bart gives away all his money to the orphans so that they can have fun trying out all the games in the store. That's really sweet of him!
    -- That's incredibly assholish of Smithers to make Homer a distraction for the turkeys so that they attack him instead of Mr. Burns.
    + All the plots come together and is about to crash. Quite literally too.
    + Poor Lisa, it seems like they got turkey for Thanksgiving anyway. Three, in fact.
    +++ Mr. Burns has lost his memory and wonders how the hell he could have been trapped by the turkeys they are eating.
    + All about the family spending time together, huh? Nope. Marge will be busy in the kitchen for about an hour.

    This comic was fantastic. The plots were well-handled with all of them getting enough frames to play an important role and the conclusion was perfectly ironic and funny. Bart's sub-plot was the weakest, but that one got a pretty neat conclusion at least. Most of the jokes are also very clever and even classic-like at times. Everyone has perfect characterizations, though Abraham had a really bad moment when he stole a purse from Lisa. I mean, I know it's a joke about how he has a compulsion, but still, what the FUCK?
    I also have to commend the artwork by Oscar Gonzáles Loyo and Tim Bavington. Loyo gives the characters his very own take while having them stay on-model at the same time while Bavington is great as always with his varied thin and thick outlinings. Art Villanueva's coloring is pretty standard, but it still looks nice for some reason.
    The flaws are very few and I highly enjoyed the comic a whole lot, almost smiling at how well-written it was sometimes.

    Tomorrow I will also post a short review on the flip-cover story with Cletus in the center.
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    are there any other comics that you think stand their own against the good episodes of the series?

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    Quote Originally Posted by we're allowed to have one View Post
    are there any other comics that you think stand their own against the good episodes of the series?
    Oh yes, definitely.
    A Brand New Burns (Part 1 & 2) from #132-33 is almost comparable to the "Who Shot Mr. Burns?"-two parter.
    3000's Company from #91 is great. Chockfull of hilarious jokes and involves a lot of minor characters.
    The Buck Stops Everywhere from #78 is very underrated. It takes such a simple concept and makes it classic.
    25 from #128 may copy the episode "24 Minutes" very much, but is just as funny.
    A Brand New Smithers from #205 is brilliant, one of Chuck Dixon's best. The satire is totally spot-on and is like a MUCH better version of "American History X-Ellent.

    Not super-many issues are as great as the best Simpsons-episodes, but these are some of the best candidates.
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    could you maybe review "a brand new burns" next? i actually have those two comics, and love them

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    Quote Originally Posted by we're allowed to have one View Post
    could you maybe review "a brand new burns" next? i actually have those two comics, and love them
    Sorry, I read them at a great online-site which had the first 134 issues, but it was shut down. Otherwise, I would have loved to review them!

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    well then review "3000's company", i've heard mixed opinions about that one

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    Quote Originally Posted by we're allowed to have one View Post
    well then review "3000's company", i've heard mixed opinions about that one
    Really? It should be getting loads and loads of praise!

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    I'll also review some less good issues in-between for more variety. Simpsons Comics #194 has to be one of my least favorite issues. Such a poor storyline.

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    Simpsons Comics #51 [PART 2]
    What Would Possibly Happen If Cletus Went To College? 8.4/10



    + The cover joke is all right. It's not superbly clever, but it made me chuckle.
    + "Who has mistaken photo booths for outhouses?" is the only really funny joke the narrator of the comic makes before it presents the title. The other ones are... meh.
    - For example, "Who has a car battery igloo in his backyard?" just doesn't make any damn sense.
    + The jokes that stems from the university professors are for some weird reason amusing despite how dry they are.
    + I also enjoy the old-fashioned way they speak. Thanks to this comic, I use the word "hogwash".
    + The professors are desperate for somebody to help them avoid financial ruin. Brighton funnily puts it that they'll just pick any ordinary "schlub, schmoe or even yutz". I love that there are so many synonyms for the word "idiot".
    + Concerning finding any ordinary idiot: "Let us go to the most common place!" "Michigan?" "Close, but I was thinking the Springfield municipal dump!" This is classic Simpsons humor.
    + Cletus finds a glass eye in the dumpster... which he steals.
    + When on a lecture, Cletus interrupts by asking when the commercial is.
    + Cletus lets loose pigs in the supercollider. What the others don't realize he made that on purpose in order to cook them.
    - Cletus starts a mud wrestling contest. Meh.
    + Cletus thought the chemistry laboratories were fire-proofed.
    + So the bet was all about a wash basin? Wow, I wouldn't even care if I lost in that case. Anyway, Memminger, who is the uuuuhm... protagonist? ... looses.
    + Apparently, Cletus fucked it up so bad that they are not cashing in anything at all. What a bummer!
    + Cletus idea about classroom commercials is put into practice.
    - The mud wrestling between the Yale students still isn't that funny.
    ++ Cletus makes food for the professors, which they think is pork. Well, it isn't. It's human brains!!!

    This one was all right, though definitely not as funny as the main comic. The jokes were mostly hit, but a few were miss. The professors have a funny way of talking, I'll give them that, but they aren't particularly fleshed out characters. Cletus is great though, his ideas and statements (except for the mud wrestling) are as good as ever. The artwork by Phil Ortiz is great as usual, but is made less flexible by Scott McRae's inks. I mean, they are nice, but it limits Ortiz a bit. Villanueva's colors are improved from the main story, with nice shadowing and thick colors.
    All in all, it's a fun comic just doesn't live up to as impressive storytelling.
    Last edited by OldSchoolerSimpsons; 07-06-2016 at 01:17 AM.

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    seems like simpsons comics used to have a lot more good humour than they do now

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    Aw what the hey, I'll review one. Watch this space.

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    Quote Originally Posted by we're allowed to have one View Post
    seems like simpsons comics used to have a lot more good humour than they do now
    Except for when Chuck Dixon is writing, it has become really hit-and-miss.
    Nathan Kane replacing Bill Morrison as the editor can be part of the reason. Compare Morrison's last issue (#191) with Kane's first issue (#192). You already notice a difference! While the comics are gag-heavy with both of the editors direction, the stories have become a lot weaker.

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    Simpsons Comics #9? [PART 2]
    Homer vs. The Raccoon

    + Nice unrelated joke at the start with Homer muttering in his sleep about cocktail weenies before Marge wakes him up due to weird noises from outside.
    + Bart: "Mom, I can't sleep. And I have a big math test to fail tomorrow." I missed that joke the first time I read this. Maybe it's because it was presented in such a subtle manner? Or maybe I'm just a big dummy? Yeah, probably the last one. Anyway, good, character-based joke that's not drawn attention to.
    + Homer thinks Flanders is making the noise outside. "Flanders! Why don't you go through your neighbour's trash at a decent hour, like the rest of us!" Another good character-based joke.
    - There's a jokeless stretch when Homer realizes it's a raccoon making the noise outside and makes his first effort to get rid of it. Couldn't be that hard to spice it up given that it's in a story about Homer "fighting" a raccoon.
    - Homer yells "Aaaah!! That's our trash!" despite that the aforementioned Flanders reference had him be perfrctly aware that it was the family's trash that was being clawed through. It's like the writer (Tony Digerolamo) forgot what had happened in this script beforehand and just threw an obvious expository line in there to fill a gap in the script.
    - Missed opportunity for a joke after Lisa corrects Homer's assumption that the small furry animal clawing through their trash is a cat. Digerolamo could have had Homer ignore her and still call it a cat in his "Don't worry, honey. Daddy will kill the big scary rat" line, which is a joke but not a clever one. Damn Page 2, you lazy!
    + Lisa's annoyed at Homer for trying to kill the raccoon. A generic use of Lisa, but inoffensive. Plus it gave us the great Homer line: "Daddy's not a monster. I'm going to crush the raccoon's skull the humane way."
    - As Homer sets up his plan to kill the raccoon, he has a conversation with Flanders. "Hi-diddly-ho, neighbourino! Can't help but notice you've got an anvil suspended over my new trashcans." "You can't expect me to use my trashcans. Your trashcans are the thing---you know, like in an experiment." "You mean the control element?" "Yes! Thank you. That's why I can't destroy my trashcans." I enjoyed this exchange when I first read it (mostly for the clever 360 at the end, even if I don't know what the control element is) but now it doesn't hold up. The wording in Homer's first line doesn't make much sense, and it's not as if the nonsensicalness (is that a word? Whatever, it is now!) of it is the actual joke, so it jut comes off as weird to me.
    - The joke with Bart dressed as a raccoon is Beano-esque, and while those can have a charm to them, they don't work in The Simpsons, not even the comic series. The visual of someone dressed as a raccoon would probably be better if it was drawn in The Beano's more cartoony style as well.
    - Homer's plan backfires and he ends up hanging from the rooftop. Then he crashes down. Yawn.
    - "All right, raccoon, you've forced us to use Plan B." "I am not putting on a dress and making eyes at the raccoon, Homer!" Ugh. If that joke had to be made, they should have done it with Marge, not Bart.
    + It's kinda saved by the following line though: "All right then, raccoon... you've forced me to use a plan... without my son!" OH NOES

    And on that memetic note, I'm taking a break from the review for a bit. My fingers clearly aren't as fast as @pkkao.
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    107 words per minute, and I still have to constantly pause the episode to write my reviews.

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    @we're allowed to have one I pretty much agree that Marge dressing up to seduce the raccoon would make more sense than Bart doing it. I mean, what? Do you even do that to your son?
    I think this story is all right. I like the ending where Homer decides to let the raccoon to live, but doesn't quite... solve the problem...

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    Quote Originally Posted by we're allowed to have one View Post
    Simpsons Comics #9? [PART 2]
    Homer vs. The Raccoon
    This is Simpsons Comics #77, I believe (back up story to The Many Faces of Bob).

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    @pkkao I'm not concerned about how you can write so fast (it is impressive though)... but how you can write so much!

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    can you do my request?

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    @OldSchoolerSimpsons, could you do another comics review?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ofhf View Post
    @OldSchoolerSimpsons, could you do another comics review?
    Wow, I almost forgot about this thread.
    I will get onto it soon.

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    I did as well until I looked on the Member Activity page and saw that somebody was viewing this thread.

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    bump

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    not sure how we would live without yet another review thread

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    Quote Originally Posted by bubsy3dfangirl View Post
    not sure how we would live without yet another review thread
    This is unique though.



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