"Homer Won't Squeal"
Spider-Pig returns in this issue of Simpsons Comics. The story opens with Bart and Milhouse finding Plopper happily wallowing in mud. Templeton quickly segues to Homer doing the same, and the reason behind the wallow lies in a sly jab at reality based game shows.
The plot thickens when Krusty offers a reward for the return of Plopper. In the movie, Homer rescued Plopper from certain death: "You can't eat an animal after you dress it like people!"
Bart sees the opportunity to outdo his old man by gaining the million dollar reward for Plopper offered by Krusty, but Murphy's Law goes into affect quickly. Homer is soon reunited with his "summer love." What happens next is a wonderfully convoluted gag-fest.
Templeton does double-duty for this issue, and it's no real surprise that his mimicry of Groening's characters is absolutely flawless. He's had experience in the field, and he seems to be able to morph his style into that of any animated series model.
Originally some of the comedy in The Simpsons depended on non sequiter jokes, such as Milhouse turning into The Fugitive, but the show has become more focused over the years. This is partly due to everybody else imitating the show. Templeton follows suit. No matter how ridiculous the moment or the comedy, it all fits snugly into the puzzle frame of the plot. One apparent throwaway gag for instance determines how everything will return to the status quo.
Mike Rote and Art Villanueva aid Templeton's endeavors with their usual consummate skill. Rote's inks are sharp and smooth. They enhance the depth and scale. Villanueva once again takes up the challenge to use every color available in the candy store to make Simpson's Comics eye-popping.
Banking on current Simpsons continuity and story style, Templeton writes and illustrates the perfect imitation of a television episode. Rote's inks and Villanueva's colors beautifully compliment the artist/writer.
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