Review: Powerpuff Girls #3
Hooray! It’s a ticker tape parade in honor of… The Ex-Villains of Townsville?! Well sir, it looks to me like the former badniks have turned over a new leaf and are eager to help out their fellow citizens! Buttercup remains skeptical, but when a giant sea monster threatens the city, it’s a team up no one could have expected! Can it be that there’s a new super hero force in town or is there some sinister shenanigans at work behind the scenes?
The Powerpuff Girls are back this month in the third installment of their new series from IDW. Issue #3 is written and drawn by Troy Little. Jeremy Colwell handles colors with Little and Neil Uyetake tackling lettering. Does Little prove the third time is still the charm this month?
Last month we saw that the villains of Townsville had seemingly turned over a new leaf. The likes of Princess Morbucks, Fuzzy Lumpkins, and the Gangreen gang have assembled together to form the Ex-Villains of Townsville. The villains try to prove to the citizens of Townsville that they are good guys now, going about becoming hairdressers, volunteer workers, and realtors. The Gangreen Gang are even constructing statues of the Powerpuff Girls in the park. Blossom and Bubbles think the villains have truly reformed, but Buttercup isn’t buying it. Him has some sort of plan in motion, but neither the girls or the citizens of Townsville know what the red bully is trying to do. Is the Ex-Villains a part of it? How does the recently depowered MoJo JoJo fit into everything?
Little writes another strong issue. We get a few hints at the larger plan in play here, but the story is mainly trying to sell you on the fact that the villains have indeed given up their old ways. Little makes you believe it at times, though you do tend to not believe these ‘reformed villains’ stories at face value. Little has a good eye for action and translates the big battles onto the page well. The character work is spot-on though he does add a few flourishes to things at times with his panel layout. Colwell’s colors keep things bright and popping off the page.
Bottom Line: The Powerpuff Girls continues to prove itself a worthy adaptation. Little has a real handle on the various characters and has laid out an interesting situation for MoJo JoJo and the girls. Hopefully we see a little more of Him’s plan at work next month. 3.5/5
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