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TheBPB11

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« on: 08-05-2013 02:18 »

I've read a few, but they weren't any where near the quality of the show.  So my question is are there any comics as good or better than the show?  If so, which ones? 
cartoonlover27

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« Reply #1 on: 08-05-2013 03:01 »

I've read a few, but they weren't any where near the quality of the show.  So my question is are there any comics as good or better than the show?  If so, which ones? 

There are definently some great ones. Issue 54 has a good story about Leela being sold at an alien pet shop (I know sounds crazy, but just trust me.)

The Time Bender Triology is great. There's a lot of sci-fi, but still has hints of the Fry/Leela relationship and the Fry/Bender friendship. Cubert also makes a nice appearance in this one. Those comics would be issues 16-19.

Issue #62 is super funny. Leela gets lost in space and gets amnesia, and Zapp convinces her she's married to and his children with him.

Issue #60 is pretty good, though pretty weak story development. Fry and Leela must work at an amusement park to pay off Bender's debts after he breaks a ride.

And, finally, the comic entitled " Who's Dieing to be a Gazillionare. I think it's issue number 4, but I could be wrong.

Hope I helped smile
TheBPB11

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« Reply #2 on: 08-05-2013 06:31 »

I've read a few, but they weren't any where near the quality of the show.  So my question is are there any comics as good or better than the show?  If so, which ones?  

There are definently some great ones. Issue 54 has a good story about Leela being sold at an alien pet shop (I know sounds crazy, but just trust me.)

The Time Bender Triology is great. There's a lot of sci-fi, but still has hints of the Fry/Leela relationship and the Fry/Bender friendship. Cubert also makes a nice appearance in this one. Those comics would be issues 16-19.

Issue #62 is super funny. Leela gets lost in space and gets amnesia, and Zapp convinces her she's married to and his children with him.

Issue #60 is pretty good, though pretty weak story development. Fry and Leela must work at an amusement park to pay off Bender's debts after he breaks a ride.

And, finally, the comic entitled " Who's Dieing to be a Gazillionare. I think it's issue number 4, but I could be wrong.

Hope I helped smile
I was at a comic store today & bought "Troop Gritt" & the one you mentioned with Zapp tricking Leela.  I was really reminded of "In A Gadda Da Leela" with issue 62 for obvious reasons.  I was surprised by the price of some of the older issues, I didn't think the demand would be that high.  For example issue 1 was 30 dollars, same thing with the one about the common cold.  The more recent ones are 3.99, which really isn't that bad.  I was also able to get a talking Bender at the same place about a month ago for 20 dollars. Thanks for helping.
Beamer

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« Reply #3 on: 08-05-2013 07:29 »

It's been a looong time since I read them, but here goes...

"The Cure for the Common Clod" (Issue #11) was probably the best one I ever read. It was actually written by Futurama writer Pat Verrone from a story pitch for the show that never made it (this was pre-renewal, and the whole "now-eradicated common cold re-enters the 31st century" story was eventually used in Cold Warriors, though they took a MUCH different angle in that one).

"Six Characters in Search of a Story" Issue #14) was another Pat Verrone-written comic which is also worth checking out, purely for its utterly genius concept. It can be read 7 ways - straight through as a proper comic, and then by reading only the same box for each page (ie. just the top left box and skipping all the rest), with all the dialogue written in a way that lines can play differently depending on how you're reading it.

I don't remember any of the others being all that notable, and eventually gave up around the Time Bender trilogy, so I can't say whether or not the quality increased/decreased from there. But yeah, for the most part, the comics are sub-par at best.
MuchAdo

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« Reply #4 on: 08-05-2013 07:34 »

I really enjoyed the newest issue "Tarter House Five" recently.
DannyJC13

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« Reply #5 on: 08-05-2013 14:30 »
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Issue #46 - "Follow the Reader" - Lets you make your own story by giving you the option to choose which page you turn to next.

Issue #57 - "Steampunk'd" - Instead of getting frozen for a 1000 years, Fry is sent back in time to England in 1899, where everything (including the Futurama cast) is steampunk-themed.
TheAnvil

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« Reply #6 on: 08-07-2013 17:00 »

I always loved the Planet X-Pressmen and the very first issue.
KurtPikachu2001

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« Reply #7 on: 09-22-2013 22:19 »

My favorites are issues #2, #5 #7, #11, #12, #20, #22,  #23, #28, #29, #30, #32, #35, #38, #39, #42, #45, #46, #47, #49, #51, #55, #57, #58, #60, #61,  #66, #67

My least favorites are:  #21, #25, #41, #54, #59, and #62. (avoid these like the plague, but that's your choice.)
cyber_turnip

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« Reply #8 on: 09-22-2013 23:41 »

None of them are even remotely close to being on par with an average episode of the show.
Monster_Robot_Maniac

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« Reply #9 on: 09-23-2013 04:49 »

I think the only comic anywhere near as good, if not better, than any given episode of the actual show is the highly praised issue Delivery Boy Man. It's honestly the perfect Futurama story, and I'm surprised they never made it into an actual full-legnth episode. It's got a Sci-Fi plot, a very heartfelt Fry/Leela story, and even some very convincing evidence of Fry and Bender's close relationship. The best part, however, is the artwork. I looks like an extremely highly trained artist drew it, and I wouldn't be surpirised to discover that it was The Hippie Toad himself who illustrated it.

Trust me, it's by far the best thing related to Futurama. If you want to be a true fan, I suggest you read it - You'll never be the same. wink
KurtPikachu2001

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« Reply #10 on: 01-06-2014 15:15 »

There was more to the Delivery Boy Man comic than just that was shown in the episode.  The Delivery Boy Man comic was at the comic con.

Major Spoilers for issue #54.  To those who haven't got it yet, here's an example or how Fry rescued Leela from her captors in that issue.  Fry actually shoots up the Westerminstrians:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=x20TMRnPR40

WitchRaven

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« Reply #11 on: 04-01-2014 15:30 »

I don't like the comics.  That video that was posted there makes me glad I avoid them! 
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