It’s Halloween, so time once again for The Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror special, complete with bad puns, nonsensical storylines, and, of course, special guest stars. This oversized anthology collects comics published over a wide span of years (1997, 2004, 2005, and 2008) and is as hit and miss as any anthology, but the wide variety of artists and stories means that it’s never a dull read.
“Squish Thing” is one of the stronger stories of the collection. It’s a clear retelling of the Swamp Thing story, right down to the art, but it also follows the tried-and-true Simpsons motif of Marge and Homer’s love persevering through all odds. “Bart Simmons, God of Thunder!” is cleverly written and the story most likely to cause challenges. Marge ends up meeting Gene Simmons at a KISS concert and one thing leads to another. The voice over dialogue could be taken as racy, but Marge’s innocence shows through in the pictures of what is actually taking place. That is one of the many stories in which there are self-referential jokes, a nice touch that Simpsons fans will find amusing….
The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror—Dead Man’s Jest
story and art by Matt Groening, et al
Bongo Entertainment/Harper Collins, 2008