Simpsons Super Spectacular #16
Bongo Comics (2012?)INKER: Andrew Pepoy COVER ART: Jason Ho, Mike Rote, and Nathan Hamill LETTERER: Karen Bates EDITOR: Nathan Kane “Bartmanga!” featuring Robartman! WRITER: Ian Boothby PENCILER: Nina Matsumoto COLORIST: Nathan Hamill THE SUPERIOR SQUAD:” Crisis of Discontinuous Continuities!” WRITER: Chuck Dixon PENCILER: Tone Rodrigues COLORIST: Art Villanueva
The layout for this won will look a bit odd but work with me here. I haven’t screwed up.
What they got right: Bartman stops Snake from robbing the comic store and comes across a manga where the hero, Robartman, resembles Bartman, but is closer to Astro Boy. What follows is a fun parody of manga tropes and characters, with the Simpsons characters standing in for the Japanese characters. I didn’t laugh but I was amused.
What they got wrong: In the second story, the Superior Squad takes down General Motors (basically a mix between Voltron and a nasty car pile-up), and from there the story goes down fast. Bug Boy is killed, and Plasmo decides to bring in another one from another dimension. Then he continues to do so as every other member–Radioactive Man, Super Squid, Lure Lass, Weasel Woman, and Brave Heart–is also killed in “hilarious” (or stupid if you’re me) ways. Nothing about this story worked, and Dixon is capable of better.
Recommendation: Buy this comic for the Bartman/Robartman story. If you’re getting it for Radioactive Man and friends, you may want to skip this one.