“The Simpsons” is a household term nowadays. With as much success as this franchise has had, it’s no surprise that the comic book series is on its 234th issue. This issue is split into three separate stories, each about three different things, none of them related.
The first story is entitled, “Body Double.” In it, the Simpson family takes a trip to the science museum. Homer gets lost on his way to find a snack, and finds himself trapped inside a replica of the human body—just before the museum is about to close. Will he make it out in time?
This story is a really cute one that shows us the bond between father and kids. It also shows how clueless Homer is, but Bart and Lisa are on his side anyway. Granted, that might just be because their whole family was threatened by the museum manager. In any case, it’s nice to see the entire family together having some good, clean fun. The artwork in this story is spot on. It feels like I’m watching the TV show! The characters are expressive in their facial movements and body language.
The second story, “Water Squish Down,” involves Bart and Milhouse drinking what resembles slurpees, and Milhouse getting a brainfreeze. That’s literally the whole story.
This story doesn’t have much substance to it aside from an awesome Titanic reference as Milhouse is having the brainfreeze. The story takes up all of two pages and is illustrated to show a huge, very cold metaphor.
The third and final story, “The Seven Diddly Sins,” is about Ned Flanders and the whole Simpsons cast telling us about what they consider to be sins (other than the seven deadly sins). Included are not recycling, giving away spoilers to comics/TV/movies, reminding teachers about homework, and more.
This story has a lot of humor to it. The character interaction is really quick and witty, keeping the story moving at a fast pace. I really would have loved to see more variety in terms of the panel layouts (so the speed of the script would show a little better in the art), but the artwork tells the story, nonetheless.
All three stories have artwork that resembles the TV show, so it’s something we can, if even mildly, relate to. We’ve all seen the show’s animation. We know these characters. We grew up with these characters. And it’s a pleasure to see them in comic book form.
One of the biggest names in pop culture history is still going strong with this issue, and I fully recommend it for any and all Simpsons fans out there. Head over to your local comic book shop and give it a read!
Written & Illustrated by: Various