Review: Powerpuff Girls Classics, Vol. 3
They’re cute. They’re fun. And they’re powerful! The Cartoon Network classic Powerpuff Girls return in this collection of comic-book adventures.
A new Classics Collection hits this week with Powerpuff Girls Classics, Vol. 3. This 140-page edition contains issues #11-16 of the DC Comics run with the Girls. It includes stories by Sean Carolan, Jennifer Moore, Abby Denson, Bobbi Jo “J.G.” Weiss, John Rozum, Trina Robbins. Artists include Phil Moy, Ricardo Garcia Fuentes, and Cynthia Morrow. Dave Tanguay handles colors on the various adventures. IDW has been putting out great original stories featuring the Powerpuff Girls, but should you dip back into the older stuff?
This volume contains a wide variety of stories featuring villains like Fuzzy Lumpkins (my personal favorite), Mojo Jojo, Sedusa, the Gangreen Gang, the Amoeba Boys, Princess, and even an abominable snowman. This volume serves as a perfect sampler platter for the type of all-age stories (with a little edge) that can be done with this series. Each story is just as strong and just as entertaining as the last, and with it including 6 issues of material, there’s a lot to choose from. The Girls end up getting captured inside of photographs with no escape in sight, they’re driven paranoid by the villainous Mojo Jojo, and they even have to do a little hard work on their snow day off from school. The collection really runs the gamut when it comes to variety.
Each story is very well written and features some art that is incredibly faithful to the cartoon. With any licensed property there is a degree of uniformity to the appearance of the comics, but each artist adds their own little flourish to things whether it be how the Girls use their powers or how certain villains spring into action. You can’t really point to a short as being weak or looking less than stellar.
Bottom Line: The Powerpuff Girls are bigger than ever when it comes to comics, so if you’re enjoying the current stories then you should definitely dive back into the past material. This is a 140 plus pages of shorts featuring Blossom, Bubbles, Buttercup and their expansive rogues gallery, so there’s a lot to read and enjoy. 5/5
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