Spongebob Comics (#79) – Various

2 out of 5

Missing the all-star writerly duo of Jacob Chabot and Derek Drymon, SC #79 falls back on a gag-strip setup – slog through the premise, wait for a punchline – for its main features, and is mostly, alas, unfunny.  Carta Monir has a weird way of underselling her own jokes, and opener ‘Crosshatch of Despair’ by Charles Brubaker intends to somewhat lampoon political cartooning and is amusing, but not clever enough.  David DeGrand’s Johnny Ryan-esque art makes a lovely and gross mess, though, and Cole Closser gives us a Yellow Kid-inspired pin-up.