New Simpsons comics brings Halloween earlyWritten by Jim Beard | | firstname.lastname@example.org
“The Simpsons” has been on the air since 1989; its “Treehouse of Horror” tie-in from Bongo Comics is in its 16th year. As Jim Collins of Toledo’s JC’s Comic Stop puts it, “That’s longer than most marriages!”
Collins calls “The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror” No. 16 “the one all self-respecting Simpsons fans should pick up. One thing that makes this year’s issue special is the ‘Mars Attacks’ inspired cover, called ‘Marge Attacks.’ Bongo could have been content with that, but they decided more goodies were in order, so they also include four ‘Marge Attacks’ trading cards inside the comic. If your copy doesn’t have these, your comic shop has pulled a fast one on you.”
True to the Simpsons’ TV history, its comics also claim a coterie of incredible guest stars, and this “Treehouse of Horror” is no exception. Funny book and cartooning luminaries like Evan Dorkin, Peter Kuper and Kelly Jones all climb into Bart Simpson’s little shop of horror for stories, and as Collins reminds us, “the final story is written by rock ‘n’ roll legend Lemmy Kilmister from Motörhead!”
Collins also notes that next week, “there be dragons” on the horizon: “Savage Dragon” No. 164 from Image Comics.
“Out of all the creators who left Marvel in the mid ’90s, Erik Larsen is still the only one doing his own comic,” he said. “I can respect that! Part Two of the ‘Emperor Dragon’ storyline has begun. Can this be true? Has the Dragon we’ve all known these past 15 years been a fraud? There are no rules in Larsen’s universe, nothing set in stone. Tired of the predictable? Try Savage Dragon.”