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Futurama/Simpsons #1

Posted: Sunday, August 25, 2002
By: Ray Tate

"Infinitely Secret Crossover Crisis" Part I

Writer: Ian Boothby
Artists: James Llloyd(p), Steve Steere Jr.(i), Rick Reese & Art Villanueva(c)
Publisher: Bongo

Would a lobsterman, a one-eyed purple haired hottie and a robot cause much of stir in our world? Certainly. Not in Springfield. Ian Boothby conceives plausible, comedic ways for this unlikely crossover between the casts of the Simpsons and Futurama to happen.

Bender relies on the acceptance of rummies. Dr. Zoidberg is overlooked as one of the plant's mutants. Remember; this is the home of Blinky the three-eyed fish. Shades deal with Leela's cover. It worked for Superman. A creature from the television series hypnotizes Marge, and since the rest of the cast is human, problem solved.

What separates the author from the hack is that Mr. Boothby understands that the Simpsons aren't really human. He must find a means to explain how the crew from Planetary Express which weirdly reflects our era evolved can stroll in the jaundiced make-believe of the Simpsons. In this explanation, Mr. Boothby pays tribute to the pre-Crisis multiverse and does so through a sequel to one of Futurama's best episodes.

Further satire comes in the form of an entire planet devoted to nerds. It's easy to make fun of nerds, but it's not easy to be clever about it. The jokes regarding planet Nerdanus are brilliant and the kind only a nerd would understand. I'm comfortable with my inner nerd. So, I shan't feign ignorance.

James Lloyd does more than just mimic Matt Groening's singular style. He brings the cast to life with characteristic expression. On page two for instance, Lisa looks cynical the way only Lisa can. Compare her look to Fry's cynical look on page four. Though like Lisa he folds his arms, his face is drawn in a different manner. The book is a plethora of visual characterization. Steve Steere Jr.'s inking enhances a cel-like quality, and his precision thin line tracing gives the book a neat professional look. Rick Reese and Art Villanueva make the crossover a pure candy-colored delight: pink brains, yellow skin, purple hair, green barstools and blue--um--hair.

I don't know who to credit for the inclusion of some of the more obscure fan favorite cast members. Disco Stu tries to look cool among the crowd. Jump the Shark spoof Roy deals with his eye trouble, and hapless Gil has been reduced to dumpster diving. Futurama/Simpsons is a fan's thoughts come to life.

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