Author: Eric Rogers
Artists: Various
Titan Books
RRP 8.99
ISBN 1 84023 434 2
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Matt Groening's latest animated series,
Futurama, may have been cancelled, but fans who want more stories from the future can take consolation in the fact that Titan are publishing a series of graphic novels based around the animated series set in the year 3000...

Futurama-o-rama brings together Fry, Leela, Bender and the rest of the gang at Planet Express Pizza delivery as they fight giant mutant sea monkeys, avoid intergalactic robot space pirates, collect the collectibles of doom and attempt to rescue Zapp Branigan from the jungle planet of Da Nang.

The artwork in this collection is pretty much on a par with the illustrations of the TV series - which too be honest is not too hard to achieve as, like The Simpsons, the drawings are fairly basic. Where this collection comes in to its own is the quality of the writing. This graphic novel contains four original stories which are all as good as, or in the case of ...But Deliver us From Evil and The Owner of Mars Attacks!, better than anything the show has given us. In fact, it is not unfair to say that if Groening had sacked his writing staff and instead employed the talents of Eric Rogers then Futurama may have had as long a life as The Simpsons.

There are countless nods to other movies including Gremlins, Back to the Future, and Mars Attacks. There is also a panel which pokes fun at that well known Simpsons wanna be The Family Guy.

Again, Titan Publishing has pulled out all the stops to provide an incredibly well presented publication: lovely glossy cover, good quality paper and at £8.99 the 118 pages are great value for money. A must buy for Groening fans.

Nick Smithson

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