Futurama Comics

Rise of the Machines!

Editor: Paul Terry.
Titan Magazines.
Futura Comics Vol. 1 No. 6 September/October 2003. 34 pages. £1.99.

Talking Pictures alias talkingpix.co.uk

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Pizza delivery boy, Philip J. Fry, wakes from suspended animation to find himself in the future. That's the main premise of Matt Groening's Futurama TV animation series and it lends itself well to this send-up of Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines.

Bender the robot. All Rights Reserved.Here the main story is called New Year's Rockin' Evil where our Futurama heroes use a machine to see what would happen if they travelled back to 1999. In Terminator fashion Leela finds herself naked outside Fry's school. This provides the opportunity for several 'adult' jokes - one tarty girl in the background says to her friend "I told you, Tina, we're wearin' way too much if we want to get A's at this school."

Bender the sociopathic robot also finds himself back in 1999 and he's in a race to save Fry from the attractive yet deadly shape-changing Leela (alias the Bendernator). Along with this main story there's a double page time machine story. 

The artwork is bold, fresh and colourful and there are plenty of verbal and visual gags to make it worth a re-read to catch all the little asides and details. The style of humour reminds me of the old MAD comics who were also prone to doing their own wacky versions of Hollywood movies. 

Nigel Watson
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