Review: Powerpuff Girls #1
Citizens of Townsville, fear not! The Powerpuff Girls are back! In this IDW debut issue Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup are back to take down the meanest of the mean and the ugliest of the ugly! Plus, what fiendish secret is Mojo Jojo hiding? The answer is sure to surprise!
IDW’s first comic based on a classic Cartoon Network series comes out today. The Powerpuff Girls are the first out of the gate. Troy Little writes the story and provides the art for the series. Neil Uyetake is the only other hands on the book, providing Little an assist with lettering. A lot of people (myself included) were excited to see how IDW handled the Cartoon Network properties. Do the Powerpuff girls get things going in the right direction?
The City of Townsville is under attack once again from the villainous MoJo JoJo. Bubbles, Buttercup, and Blossom get called by The Mayor to stop the genius monkey from destroying the city. Of course the super powered trio take care of him rather easily. When MoJo JoJo finds himself in jail once again, he starts to reassess his life and his evil ways. While he’s getting reacquainted with prison life, the girls are honored by the city only to have the ceremony interrupted by another threat. MoJo figures out what he needs to do, and who he goes to for help may surprise you.
Little writes a stellar story. He perfectly presents each and every character and even captures the look of the cartoon. It looks like you printed out screenshots of the show and pasted them into a comic. Of course he makes it his own with some dynamic panel layouts and the way he presents some of the action and the girl’s powers, but it’s very faithful to the original overall. It’s an original story that fits well into the established world. I remember watching the cartoon when I was younger, but I was never a HUGE fan. I was very pleased with the story and I think even the most diehard fans will as well.
Bottom Line: Powerpuff Girls #1 is a fantastic trip down memory lane. IDW starts off their Cartoon Network based comics in style. If Troy Little is a good representation of the level of talent they have on all the stories, we’re in for a fantastic ride. 5/5