Hi Janet*,This is clever and funny.
I have one comp that's recent and is a good fit for my MS. My other comp is James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans. I can hear your sharkly teeth grinding. However, if played for laughs, I wonder if it would break the rules in the right way as you mention on the Query Shark blog? Cooper's novel shares some significant themes with my MS. Did I mention that my MS's genre is sci-fi? And--you know--not written in 1826.
The comp section of my query:
[TITLE] will appeal to fans of John Scalzi's The Collapsing Empire and anyone who thought that The Last of the Mohicans would have worked better in space.
And pretty useless.
The purpose of comps is not to prove how clever and funny you are.
Comps are intended to do a couple things: give the agent a sense of who will read this book right now, today. That's one of the reasons you want to use current books.
Second comps give us a sense of tone or style.
Mostly though, comps are so when you tell me it's SF/fanstasy and your comp is Anne McCaffrey, I know it's fantasy.
Or if you tell me it's comedic noir like Agatha Christie, I know you're seriously deluded.
Don't try to be clever or funny with comps.
Leave that for your pages, or #PitMad posts on Twitter.