Somehow The Simpsons remains to be going. While not as sturdy because it as soon as was, even viewers who stopped being regulars way back nonetheless love the household from Springfield and have fond reminiscences of their shenanigans. I’ve all the time tried to not less than catch the brand new Halloween specials once I can, even when I don’t watch a single different episode from that season. The eerie Treehouse of Horror occasions all the time felt comforting in some odd nostalgic method, and sometimes supplied just a few laughs that all the time felt like they belonged to a singular model of comedy.
The first Treehouse of Horror episode started as part of the present’s second season in 1990. Five years later, the horror-themed segments have been such a success that they obtained their very own comics from Bongo. These new tales adopted the tone and concepts from the particular episodes however gave followers some enjoyable new tales and a special medium to get pleasure from their favourite characters in. Today we’re these humorous books in a snazzy new assortment, the primary of three volumes that may make up the complete Simpsons Treehouse of Horror anthology, full with an extended mouthful of a title.
Created by Matt Groening, All of the fan-favorite Simpsons characters are right here on this anthology of adventures, now with a pleasant new introduction by Bart himself. It units the temper for thrills, chills, and plenty of laughs, with the squid-like alien duo of Kang and Kodos appearing as hosts all through the pages, popping up in-between points. These interludes additionally typically embody additional art work, quick bits, and unpublished supplies that could be fairly intriguing to longtime followers of the present. There’s plenty of materials included on this quantity and it is available in a smooth and colourful slip-case. The aforementioned jar-headed aliens are massive and in cost on the entrance cowl, which is wild, eye-catching, and glows at nighttime. This one will look nice on espresso tables or match properly on cabinets, however how does it learn?
This omnibus collects a ton of proficient writers and even just a few movie star scribes to make Springfield only a bit spookier. Comedians like Patton Oswalt and Thomas Lennon be part of comedian greats equivalent to Paul Dini and Gail Simone with larger names rounding out the pack, equivalent to Mark Hamill and Alice “The Creature” Cooper. That’s simply to call just a few of the members, as the complete assortment of expertise is spectacular.
The spooky tales typically characteristic a standard horror or sci-fi take, with most placing a singular spin on a traditional or riffing on a preferred work after they aren’t simply doing straight-up parodies. It’s arduous to not giggle when Mr. Burns is referencing Evil Dead with, “Be smart, shop S-Mart.” Nothing right here ever appears like it’s copying although. None of the concepts are lazy, even when they rely closely on character reactions at instances as an alternative of an evolving plot.
Many of those horrible tales are well-written in a extra conventional comedian fashion of formatting and transfer at a brisk tempo. These characters that followers have been attending to know for a few years are dealt with excellently, feeling like the identical people from the present with dialogue that solely comes throughout as odd or misplaced in just a few temporary spots. Some of that could be the shortage of acquainted voices or the change in medium, however a few the traces merely aren’t as snappy as I recall the present being.
The art work featured right here is superb and captures the sensation of the sequence whereas managing to pop off the web page. None of the colours are combating with one another or are too overpowering, making every little thing straightforward to see and determine within the panels. Some of the angles used within the bigger photos even appear impressed by the present’s artwork route and provides the comics a traditional really feel that has aged extraordinarily nicely. There are a number of great full-page items, together with some beautiful two-page spreads that maintain a ton of beckoning particulars and act like a Where’s Waldo-style meal for the eyes.
Though the characters and most of the present’s well-known locales are proven of their iconic appearances all through the omnibus, it’s spectacular to see the completely different artwork types shine because the tales go on. These numerous approaches to the visuals might sound a bit jarring for a second, nevertheless it isn’t arduous to see how every artist has saved the characters simply noticeable whereas attempting one thing completely different and extra horror adjoining in lots of instances. Even when it’s one thing as drastic because the household going into the Lord of the Rings fantasy world, the art work is nice.
This assortment of the Treehouse of Horror comics is a welcomed sight and one which shall be value revisiting typically for followers, or not less than function some completely different leisure for informal readers. It was a refreshing revisit to a franchise I cherished, an injection of traditional Simpsons, even when the comedian ebook format made it really feel only a bit completely different. This one appears value it — simply pop just a few outdated episodes on and benefit from the ugly choices.