The Time Bender Trilogy: Part 1

From The Infosphere, the Futurama Wiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search
The Time Bender Trilogy: Part 1
US Publish Number17
UK Publish Number(s)24, 25
Written byIan Boothby
Art byJohn Delaney
Title caption4 out of 5 aliens recommend...
Published (US)26 May, 2004
Published (UK)22 September, 2005 (part 1a)
20 October, 2005 (part 1b)
In trade paperbackThe Time Bender Triology

"The Time Bender Trilogy: Part 1" is the seventeenth comic issue and the first of The Time Bender Trilogy, which was released 26 May, 2004 in the US and 22 September, 2005 in the UK.

The Story

Act I

Fry, Leela, Bender and Cubert have returned to Earth to find it is deserted but all Fry and Bender want to do is loot, until Lrrr and Ndnd appear claiming the planet since it is legally uninhabited and would only be inhabited if there were at least 100 people living there. Fry makes up a story that there are 100 people at Planet Express; but if they aren’t sent over in an hour Fry and Bender will be slaves. At Planet Express Cubert finds some pieces of a device that was recently used and have chroniton readings. Cubert is suddenly taken off by a pterosaur that came out of a vortex which lands where the Omicronians are. Cubert is used as a slave.

Act II

Bender ties the time vortex in a knot before the crew find Cubert and they bring Zoidberg’s shells and some mannequins with them to disguise them as the needed population, they also dress up as other people. The Omicronians leave and Leela finds a video attached to the pterosaur’s foot, which shows all of Earth's citizens in the time of the dinosaurs and Prof. Farnsworth recording it. He does explain that his experiment opened a time vortex and that the crew must bring three pieces of the machine. Fry realises that if the Earth isn’t saved he will cease to exist but there is still time to save it. The time vortex is in three parts after Bender tied it in a knot and each crewmember is sucked in with a piece of the time machine into different years…

Additional Info


  • This is the second time Bender has attached ears to his head. The first time was in "Godfellas".
  • The art in this issue is different from "Kickin' It Old School" which is before this issue, this is due to a different person inking the previous issue. All other staff is consistent for the trilogy.


    Professor: Well, I've got to go. Time to flee in terror again!

    Leela: Fry, after I stop screaming in terror, remind me to kick your butt....
    Bender: After you kick his butt, I'm gonna kick his ass!

Alien-Language Sightings

    Location: Omicronian flag
    Language: AL1
    Translation: 8

    Location: Billboard
    Language: AL1
    Translation: DISPOSABLE OFFICE T?P


  • Bender mentions he hates the taste of attached files but Bender can't taste.
    • He has been known to taste liquids, so maybe he can taste only certain things.
  • The cover art, which in this case does refer to the comic's content, mistakenly lists the population as 3, it should be 4.
    • Bender didn't count one of them.
  • Farnsworth is somehow able to hold up the video on which he is currently recording.
    • It may have been a different tape he used for example.
  • Omicron Persei 8 is mispelled Omicrom Persei 8.


(In alphabetic order)

Comic Credits