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Somebody’s First Comic Book: Futurama Comics #54

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TITLE: How Much is That Mutant In the Window?

CREDITS:
Writer: Eric Rogers
Penciller:
James Lloyd
Inker:
Andrew Pepoy
Colors:
Alan Hellard
Letters:
Karen Bates
Editor:
Bill Morrison
Publisher:
Bongo Comics

PRIOR KNOWLEDGE: Wasn’t Futurama that science fiction version of the Simpsons from, like, ten years ago?

IMPRESSIONS: I guess it’s something like that, anyway. We start off with a dude named Fry, a robot named Bender, a one-eyed chick called Leela and a little monster-thing called Nibbler, visiting a planet where people are playing with all of their weird alien pets. Leela, who apparently is the one in this group with the brain, is kidnapped, and the others have their spaceship towed back to Earth, where they find themselves completely unable to take care of Nibbler. As it turns out, though, Nibbler is evidently super-intelligent, something that he says he’s revealed to Fry and Bender before, but he always erases the knowledge from their memory. As it turns out, Leela has been put in a pet shop for giant aliens, and Nibbler leads them on a rescue mission.

The story is pretty funny, but I definitely got the impression that I was being left out of the joke. There were a ton of comments and references that I think probably will make sense to people who watched the TV show or read the comic book before, but they went right past me. We don’t get to know the characters that well either. They come off much more as stereotypes, intended as a method to deliver jokes instead of telling a really in-depth story.

There’s also a back-up story…

TITLE: Rank Call!

CREDITS:
Writer: Eric Rogers
Penciller:
Mike Kazaleh
Inker:
Phyllis Novin
Colors:
Nathan Hamill
Letters:
Karen Bates
Editor:
Bill Morrison

IMPRESSIONS: In “Rank Call” we meet an imbecilic space captain named Brannigan and his milquetoast assistant Kif. Kif saves the day during an invasion, gets promoted to captain, and is given a crew that’s equally wimpy. It’s funny enough, but like the main story, it doesn’t really give me a feeling for who these characters are or why I should care about them.

GRADE: C

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  1. October 9, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Here is my review on this issue. The writers are very harsh with Leela in this one. They really f-ed with her in this comic. This comic never shouldve been made. They’re trying to tell us that no matter how tough a female character is, they’re going to get kidnapped anyway. Nibbler had nothing to do with this story. Whether or not a female character gets kidnapped or escapes, it’s really sexist because it still makes one a victim. People want to.think it’s empowering, it’s degrading. Especially when an average male character has to be the one to save her. Like what happens here.

    There should never be rescue missions to save Leela. Fry is the one who should be getting kidnapped. Think about it, he’s dumb, from the past, has no education or fighting skills. Why didn’t the aliens in this issue go after him?

    On with the review.

    Fry, Bender, and Leela are at a picnic in the park. Then they are ambushed by an alien pieces. They throw a bomb at Fry and Bender who fly away. They surround Leela, tie her up and put her in a carriage cage and take her back to their planet on their ship to sell her to a harem. Fry and Bender track down the alien ship and end up on their planet. Fry becomes huge, powerful and shoots up anything that gets in his way. Bender is now his bumbling sidekick. Fry even screams out tough guy style one liners such as, “I have no heart.’ And ‘Here Comes The Pain.’ Frys shooting and killing in this comic was reminiscent of Taken, Miller’s Crossing and Carlitos Way. As the story progresses they get false leads about Leelas whereabouts. The aliens even beg for mercy as Fry was about to shoot them. They even say, ‘selling mutants to harness. We’re a business.’ Then they see an auction going on. Fry and Bender get in line. They see Leela get sold in an auction and they chase after the person who bought her. Leela was tied up and wearing harem clothes as she was being sold. She was crying, too. Fry and Bender learn a king got her for his harem. Fry shots up the alien king, Bender screams, then Fry unties a bound and gagged Leela. They all go back to Earth and a parade was done in Frys honor to commemorate him for his heroics. Fry stands tall and heroic, and Bender is in the background with his hands over his eyes.

    This issue should’ve been another Bender and Hermes adventure.

  1. September 23, 2014 at 8:29 pm

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