Simpsons Comics #180

A comic review article by: Ray Tate
I find it difficult to believe that the Simpsons haven't gone to Canada before, but it's true. They've gone to Australia, Japan, England and of course Alaska, but they missed the land of Mounties and Maple Leafs. Mr. Burns fires everybody from the nuclear plant. So, the Simpsons are going to Canada!

Ty Templeton revels in the casual evil of Mr.Burns. Colorist Villanueva casts the organic lighting effects when Templeton calls for over the top drama highlighting Burns' miasma. In many ways, the colorist of today now provides what the inker of yesterday specialized in. However, Pepoy doesn't twiddle his thumbs. Pepoy's inking gains importance when his forced perspective creates the illusion of scope and in an outstanding scene where Templeton looms Burns out of the confines of the panels.

Mr. Smithers has a conscience, but first and foremost, he's a Burnsophile. He knows that Mr. Burns' latest scheme will come back to bite him in the ass. It already cost Smithers something dearly in a hilarious Yakuza gag. So, Smithers hatches a counter ploy.

Smithers makes certain everybody leaving the plant lands a job in Canada. He didn't have to do that, and you can argue that he would have been better off keeping people miserable. That way they would jump at the chance to return to the succor of the power plant.

The full-length tale by Templeton is packed with jokes. Subliminal French laces the dialogue. Canada's enviable socialized medical system catalyzes numerous gags, and of course Canadian politeness offers the runner. The whole story depends on the preposterous secret weights and measures of Canada, drawing in one of the weirdest full circle moments.

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