REVIEW CORNER: Bart Simpson’s Treehouse Of Horror # 2

“Bart Simpson’s Treehouse Of Horror # 2” (1996)
“Sideshow BLOB!”
Writer: Paul Dini
Layouts/Inker: Bill Morrison
Penciller: Tim Bavington
Letterers: Jeannie Crowell & Chris Ungar
Colorist: Nathan Kane
“The Exorsister”
Writer: Peter Bagge
Penciller: Stephanie Gladden
Inker: Tim Bavington
Letterers: Jeannie Crowell & Chris Unger
Colorist: Nathan Kane
Rating: 10/10
With Halloween almost upon us, I’ll take a look at Bart Simpson’s Treehouse of Horror # 2 from 1996, since I reviewed the first issue it’s only fair that I give my thoughts on the second issue, but unlike the first one, this one features only two segments but they bring the same impact of laughs that the first issue did.
Paul Dini known for his stellar work on “Batman: The Animated Series” as well as The Superman cartoon from the mid-90s, gives “The Blob” a hilarious takeoff in “Sideshow BLOB!” where Sideshow Bob participates in an experimental drug program that will clear up his cold but turns him into an actual blob and it leaves Bart and Lisa to stop him, resulting in a showdown at The Kwik-E-Mart; In the second segment, Independent icon Peter Bagge, the creator of “Hate” and “Neat Stuff”, trades in his bizarre characters for this parody of “The Exorcist” which sees Lisa being possessed thanks to the music of Madonna (That’s right, the material girl herself). You got to read it to believe it, take my word for it.
Both stories will definitely keep your interest as well as leave you in stitches. “Sideshow BLOB!” brings a very humorous take on those classic horror movies from the 1950s and 1960s but it also provides a unique but quirky look at the longstanding feud between Bart Simpson and Sideshow Bob. “The Exorsister” shows us the comical look at the influence that Madonna’s music has on the youth, although I felt like it’s out of place seeing as how this story took place in the mid-90s where the singer’s popularity was not as big as it was back in the 1980s, Bagge manages to keep the traditional humor and Pop Culture aspects that The Simpsons are known for and delivers a great story that never slows down yet would make for a wonderful TV segment for the Treehouse of Horror series.
With such big-name creators like Paul Dini and Peter Bagge on board, this second installment of the Treehouse of Horror series gave everyone who read this such great laughs and continued Bongo’s track record of bringing in such well-established writers and artists to work on this series. As I said before, Treehouse of Horror is still the one thing to look forward to on Halloween thanks to taking some of the most memorable horror cliches and making them funny for anyone to enjoy.
Well, that’s it for me. I’ll be back with another review. Thanks for sticking around and I will see you all next time.

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