Review: Powerpuff Girls #2
What’s this? Mojo Jojo volunteers to take “Antidote X” to revert back to his former simple simian state? And what’s more, he’s moving in with the Powerpuff Girls? Shirley, you’ve GOT to be kidding me! The next thing you’re going to tell me is that HIM’s got his tutu in a knot, and is starting trouble! Oh wait, it looks like he has… just what the heck is going on in Townsville?!
The Powerpuff Girls are back this week in the second issue of IDW’s new Cartoon Network line of comics. Troy Little handles art and writing duties, but this month Jeremy Colwell lends a hand with coloring. Neil Uyetake and Little both tackle lettering. The first issue was great. Does the second issue deliver?
MoJo JoJo was beaten by the Powerpuff girls once again. When he’s taken to prison he decides that he wants to end it all. He doesn’t want to be evil anymore and he doesn’t want to be MoJo JoJo. To reverse the effects of Chemical X, he contacts the Professor. The Professor has Antidote X. MoJo JoJo takes the long walk to the gas chamber as the authorities administer his punishment. The Antidote works and MoJo JoJo reverts back to JoJo, the normal lab monkey that the Professor once owned. Feeling responsible for the cute little monkey, the Professor tells the girls that JoJo will come and live with them. They have to adjust to having a new family member who can still terrorize them, albeit the destruction isn’t on as big of a scale. While the girls try to come to terms with the fact their former nemesis is now living with them, another of the girls’ adversaries is watching and plotting. They have a big plan, and the first stage is a big surprise. What is the villain trying to do? Why are they bringing a group of Townsville’s worst malcontents?
Little writes another great issue. This is still very much a MoJo JoJo story, but some new elements are introduced that should make for an interesting story going further. Some more familiar faces pop up as well. There’s a little more edge to the humor as well. With pop culture references and an interesting song MoJo sings as the antidote is administered, there’s a slight bite to the writing that the first issue didn’t utilize too much. Little has a great grasp of the citizens of Townsville. That translates to the art as well. It’s very faithful to the show while still offering up something fresh and new. Colwell is the colorist for KISS Kids, so he’s a perfect fit for the series and Little’s art. Things are bright and vibrant, keeping things very much in line with the source.
Bottom Line: Little is two for two when it comes to the Powerpuff Girls. So far IDW has let loose Powerpuff Girls and Samurai Jack, and they’re both fantastic. We get a fun adventure, but something big is set up with the second issue. You don’t want to miss it. 4.5/5