Futurama Comics #5
Title: Who's Dying to Be a Gazillionaire?
Writer: Eric Rogers
Art: James Lloyd, Phyllis Novin
Issue number 5 finally gets into my hands, and to find out how good or bad it is, I must use one of two mehtods: Either read and review it, or use the Comicrate-o-matic 3000. And since I can't afford the latter, I'll just have to go about it the ol' fashioned way. Roll review:
Well, the issue already kicks off to a great start with the cover. From the disclaimer at the top, to the solution to Morbo's puzzle, it's just one of the best comic covers I've seen. It almost resembles a crossover between Futurama and The Simpsons, with Nibbler replaced by a diaper wearing Milhouse for example. Kinda of suits him, as both characters are annoying in their own way. But, hey, this isn't a Nibbler bashing article, so on with the comic.
The plot is interesting, that's for sure. Seems like the Professor owes the IRS a million dollars, and Fry sees the only way of getting the money is to go on the deadliest game show on Earth: Morbo's Who's Dying to Be a Gazillionaire. This game show has one major difference over the one that it's parodying: If you go for $1,000,000 plus, and get the answer wrong, you die!
Okay, let me start off by saying, this comic has to be the one so far that comes closest to a Futurama TV plot. It very much resembles the show in terms of storyline, sci-fi quirks, characterisation and humour. I'm not saying that the other issues thus far aren't in Futurama style, just that this one really makes you think more like you're watching an episode than reading a comic. It's well written, and, like most Futurama episodes, is just downright funny.
The artwork is, like usual, brilliant. No complaints at all here. Futurama's standard of quality artwork seems to be on the rise while Simpsons Comics, sadly, seem to be in a rut at the moment. Hmmmmm..... kind of like how the shows are going at the moment too, really: Seems Futurama's getting better and better, while The Simpsons are really quite poor. But that's another matter. In either case, top class stuff.
Also as per usual, the characterisation is dead on. Good to see Morbo with a bit more depth than usual, and also to see Mom and her sons in the comics too. Fry is his typical self: stupid, but well meaning. Leela and the Professor also stand out as being well portrayed, as does Zoidberg, Amy, Scruffy, Hermes...... Heck! They're all well written!
Overall, another brilliant issue from Futurama Comics. It's good to be able to get some quality reading now, ever since Simpsons Comics took a HUGE dive in quality over 20 issues ago. This comic is entertaining, gripping, well written and just damn funny. Just like the show. Highly recommended.
Most Memorable Moment: Probably Dr. Zoidberg trying to constantly get Fry's attention, only to be ignored every time. Classic Zoidberg!
Worst Moment: Ditto!
- Kenneth White