Futurama Comics #2
Title: ...But Deliver Us To Evil!
Writer: Eric Rogers, with Bill Morrison
Art: Tom King, Steve Steere Jr.
Several months after Futurama Comics #1 arrived so did #2, and so does my review:
The premise of this issue is pretty simple. Planet Express wins an award; Most Efficient Delivery Company on Weekends and Holidays. Soon after, some aliens named Lucy and Ricky (Yes, yes I know) hire the crew to take a package somewhere for them and insist on coming with them on the delivery to see what makes Planet Express so great. But soon the crew are attacked by space pirates, and then they discover that the two visitors aren't all they make themselves out to be.
In my last review I praised issue #1 for being close to the TV show, having great art, storyline and characterisation, as well as some good humour. Unfortunately, I can't say the same thing about this issue. The main problem, at least for me, is that the story suffers from something I like to call "Nibbleritis", which is basically the term I use when I feel that there's too much Nibbler content in a story. Now, I realise this is probably just my tastes, because to put it simply, I hate the little guy. It's the very reason I consider The Day the Earth Stood Stupid the weakest Futurama episode to date, I just hate Nibbler.
Thankfully, Nibbler doesn't appear at all in the middle of the story, but only at the start and the end, and it's at the end that it really ruins the whole thing. I'm not going to spoil the ending for you, but for those of us that don't like Nibbler, and I know there are a lot of you, it's just not good reading.
Nibbler aside, what else is there to the story, you may ask? Well, there's a few good laughs in the middle of the story. Aside from the "I Love Lucy" connection, there's Bender touring Lucy and Ricky around the ship, and then the pirate attack. The latter also provides some good violent action where Leela kicks some pirate ass. There's also a few good one liners throughout. Unfortunately, there's very few really stand-out moments in this one. Basically, even though there's not that many bad jokes, there's no killer ones either.
The characters are portrayed nicely though, with Leela, Fry, Bender and Zoidberg, amongst the others, all being characterised perfectly. There's nothing wrong in that department at least.
Now, the art. Well, its generally very good, but not as polished as it was in the first issue. Futurama Comics #1 impressed me a great deal in the art department, but this issue isn't much better than the average Simpsons Comic. Don't get me wrong, the art isn't awful, just a bit flat in some places, and a bit rough in others. The first issue's art was far superior.
Overall, it's a step down from it's predecessor. It's by no means awful, it's just nothing special. The storyline needed a bit more too it, and a bit less Nibbler, to work properly. It's an interesting read, but it's hardly gripping stuff. If it was an episode it would be one of those unmemorable ones that weren't terrible, but weren't good either. One of those episodes you remember bits from every now and then. If you don't like Nibbler, don't buy it. It's as simple as that. Otherwise, flick through and see if it's your thing before just buying the thing because it's based on your favourite show. And if you have to choose out of this and the first issue, pick the first.
Most Memorable Moment: Professor Farnsworth saying "Excellent happenings people!" and then getting no reaction until he realises he's supposed to say "Good news everyone!" instead.
Worst Moment: The ending. I'm not saying any more except "Nibbler"
- Kenneth White