The Simpsons Futurama Crossover Crisis II

    (Bongo, 2005)

Two years ago, in Futurama Simpsons Infinitely Secret Crossover Crisis, the Futurama gang found themselves thrust into the comic–book world of The Simpsons by the evil Brain Spawn. Now, Bongo returns the favor by transporting the characters from The Simpsons 1,000 years into the future after Professor Farnsworth attempts to “gently” reopen the barrier to the fictional world of Springfield. Like the previous crossover series, this one is geared toward the hardcore comics reader, with each page dripping with references to comics and science–fiction arcana as well as the continuity–convoluting crossovers favored by both Marvel and DC. The story plays a bit too heavily on the fish–out–of–water angle, such as Apu lamenting that the bullet–proof–glass bodysuit takes the thrill out of being a convenience–store clerk. Most amusing are the movie parodies that ensue after The Simpsons join a Planet Express delivery run, especially the delivery of a monolith to “Star Baby,” whose address is “2001.”

While the crossovers work as parody, there’s too much of a difference in the sensibilities of The Simpsons and Futurama to make these comics really gel.

— Timothy J. Wood
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