In Review: The Powerpuff Girls #3
The covers: Troy Little, the interior writer and artist, created the Regular cover and it features the girls watching as their rogues gallery is coming down a city street accompanied by a giant squid. I’m a big fan of monster squids, so putting one behind the villains and having the girls take a whack at one is something I’d love to see! The Subscription cover is by Derek Fridolfs with colors by Jason Lewis. Princess has got her jetpack on and she’s opened a bag of money onto a welcoming throng of people below her. Great expressions on this cover, with Princess looking pleased, Bubbles and Blossom shocked, and Buttercup cheesed, as usual. The RI cover is by Craig Rousseau with a scene from within the Professor’s lab: Regressed Mojo Jojo has picked up a large beaker that’s steaming green gas and holding it in front of his face, distorting half of it. The Professor, covered in banana peels is aghast as the girls look on from high above. Funny and kind of creepy! The first Jetpack Comics exclusive features all the villains drawn by Agnes Garbowska. It’s a fantastic montage and the coloring is perfect! The second Jetpack Comics exclusive has the girls playing leapfrog outside Pokey Oats. It’s cute as can be and the coloring a knockout. Sadly, there’s no artist credits for this cover on the inside of my book. Overall grades: Regular A, Subscription A, Cover RI A, Jetpack: Garbowska A+, and Jetpack A
The story: The story opens with an idyllic day in the city of Townsville. People wave to each other, enjoy food in a diner, walk dogs, and have a great day in the park, “All thanks to…The Ex-Villains of Townsville?!” And those final four words show the villains getting a parade down the street, all smiling and waving and their cheering public. Writer Troy Little then transitions to Page 3 where we see that Sedusa is a beautician able to work on three people at once, Princess is giving money to the poor, Fuzzy Lumpkins is a real estate agent, and the Gangreen Gang is carving a statue of the girls in the park. Although it’s odd to the girls, Bubbles and Blossom like the change. But you know Buttercup, she just knows these baddies are up to something. Meanwhile in the Professor’s lab, he and the regressed Mojo are trying to lay out some ground rules with behavior down there. There’s a fun Rube Goldberg device on one page that closes out the scene nicely. And as for the super villain that got the other villains onto their new path of righteousness, he makes an appearance and sends the supersized creature on the cover to ramp up the plot. It’s not just the girls fighting this cephalopod nightmare, but some others show up, causing more confusion for our super trio. It’s another fun adventure with bad guys gone good giving mixed messages to our heroines. Overall grade: A+
The art: The artwork in this book is completely faithful to the look of the television series, The first page setting looks straight out of an episode and the characters’ emotions are perfect. Stealing the issue this time out is Buttercup who goes off on another tirade in frustration. Page 5 has her “Oscar” moment. The artwork on Page 8 is great and the sound effects make it even better. All that was missing on that page was the music. Page 11 is appropriately sinister as the behemoth rises, scaring fish and sharks. The fight scene is impressive. The splash page on 19 is excellent, and Page 21 is the perfect coda seeing all the characters’ reactions after the battle. Troy Little is the perfect artist for this book. Overall grade: A+
The colors: Just as impressive as Little’s art is the coloring by Jeremy Colwell. The first page is brightly colored, but tempered by the greys in the sky and the buildings. When the second page is revealed it’s dramatic as all get out the colors on the villains are so bright. It’s a joyous page for a bunch of creeps gone straight. Any page with the girls stands out brightly, because of them and their backgrounds. The coloring of sound effects also makes the book look great, from the screams and explosions to the bubble bath laughter and the “WHAT THE-” before the fight. Great stuff! Overall grade: A+
The letters: The tag team of Neil Uyetake & Troy Little handle this book. I’m guessing that the larger sound effects are done by Little directly onto his art and Uyetake did the narration and dialogue. Every bit looks great, with fantastic block lettering for all the yelling, but how could anyone not like, “Say ‘Hello”…” Overall grade: A+
The final line: Tons of fun for all ages. A great story with amazing visuals. Highest possible recommendation! Overall grade: A+
Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer’s Guide for a few years with “It’s Bound to Happen!” He had to give that up to teach 8th graders English for 19 years. He’s since moved to a high school where he’s taught 9th grade and currently teaches 10th graders English. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars or Indiana Jones items online.