Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror #16

A comic review article by: Maxwell Yezpitelok
his issue might get some attention due to the fact that it includes a story conceived by Lemmy Kilmister (better known as “that guy from Motörhead”), but the real star is the opener, “I Screwed Up Big-Time And Unleashed The Glavin On An Unsuspecting World!” (or “…I Totally Saved The Earth’s Butt And Made The Glavin Cry Like A Little Wuss”), by Evan Dorkin. The aforementioned Glavin is a Kirbyesque space monster accidentally transported to Springfield by Professor Frink and his tragic speech impediments, with calamitous consequences. Seriously, it gets pretty graphic. If you’ve secretly longed to see an obscure (or not so obscure) Simpsons character brutally maimed, squashed, or decapitated, there’s a pretty big chance this comic will cover your deranged needs.

But even with all the gore, it’s amazing how well Mr. Dorkin’s style meshes with The Simpsons--the nerd humor is spot-on, and the 700 background gags are the sort that would make you jump for the pause button if this was the actual show (insert obligatory “but it sucks now” clarification to salvage reviewer’s credibility). Mr. Dorkin also reminds us why Ralph Wiggum is and will always be the greatest character ever created (in or outside The Simpsons) with some truly hilarious one-liners, but I won’t spoil any of them for fear that he will kill me.

The rest of the stories are pretty okay. Kelvin Mao and Kelley Jones (credited as “Kelly Jones” which I guess is his wacky Halloween-themed name) deliver a genuinely disturbing story that looks like it was taken out of some deranged late '80s fanzine. Peter Kuper writes and draws a standard Simpsons plot that halfway through decides it would rather be an Edgar Allan Poe homage and is all the better because of it. Then there’s story written by That Guy From Motörhead (with some assistance from Tom Peyer), probably the tamest in the whole bunch, though it does feature some great art by Tone Rodríguez.

Overall it’s a great comic, certainly worth the $4.99 per year.

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