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Comic Book Guy:The Comic Book #5

February 20, 2011

Title: The Death of Comic Book Guy Part Five
Ian Boothby
John Delaney
Dan Davis
Nathan Hamil
Karen Bates
Bill Morrison
Bongo Comics

Let’s recap: Comic Book Guy is dead, Marge owns the comic shop, and the terrible reign of the Graphic Novel Kid has continued unabated… y’know, until he died too. Obviously, we know the CBG isn’t going to be dead by the end of this miniseries (of which this is the final issue), so I don’t think it counts as a spoiler to say that most of this comic book is concerned with unraveling the truly twisted array of plot threads, mistaken assumptions, and false identities that have built up over the previous five issues. In fact, that’s where the weakness of this issue lies. Almost the entire issue is one big wink at the camera, allowing Ian Boothby to painstakingly dissect the various ways in which the script misled and tricked us for four issues. It’s the sort of thing that’s fine as a climactic scene of a storyline, but to devote an entire issue to such a scene is massive overkill. It basically indicates that the first four issues were way too convoluted in the first place. There are still some nice jokes, gags, and Easter Eggs, the sort of thing that Simpsons fans will enjoy and comic book nerds (like myself) will find entertaining, but in the end, it feels like a long way to go to get there.

Rating: 6/10

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