Review: Powerpuff Girls #9
The City of Townsville is under a NEW threat! Boy Band fever has struck the Powerpuff Girls, as the heartthrob crooners “3D” are playing a concert in the park! It looks like a magical night to remember, until the Rowdyruff Boys and the Boogieman crash the show! It’s an all-out super powered battle of the bands for control of the airwaves! Which team will come out on top of this musical mash-up mayhem?
The Powerpuff Girls are back in action this month with the release of issue #9 of their new series from IDW. Troy Little is back on story and art this week with a lettering assist from Neil Uyetake. The girls had a rough time with the monsters of Monster Isle, but how do they handle this new funky threat from the Boogieman and the Rowdyruff Boys?
The Powerpuff Girls have hit that special time in a young girl’s life where they succumb to the dreaded boy band fever. The girls are swooning over the teen crooners of 3D. The band is playing a special concert in Townsville, and luckily The Professor is taking the girls to see the three Davids perform. No sooner does the band take the stage than the Rowdyruff Boys make the scene to cause a little anarchy with their punk music. You can imagine how that goes over with the girls. It’s punk rock vs. teen pop in the ultimate superpowered battled of the bands. Can the girls get 3D back on stage? When the Rowdyruff Boys and the Powerpuff Girls come to blows will the pain be turned up to 11?
Little writes his best issue yet. This story skews just a tad older than his debut story. There are numerous musical references and tips of the hat from Menudo to the Sex Pistols, The Clash, and even Spinal Tap. It’s a really witty and hilarious issue that brings some edge to this all-ages comic. It’s also jam-packed with Easter Eggs from the show as well as a special appearance by two unexpected guests for a few panels. Little’s art is just as great as the story. There is a lot going on in these 22 pages, and he packs a lot in to each and every one. There are some very dynamic panel layouts than make great use of the full page. You even get some amazing letter work from Little and Uyetake. Very seldom does the lettering jump out in a comic, but this issue does a few unique things that warrant a mention.
Bottom Line: Powerpuff Girls #9 is an all-ages comic that skews a little more toward the grownups this month with its jokes and gags, and it makes for a hilarious issue that you definitely need to check out. 5/5
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