Writer: Haley Mancini, Jake Goldman
Artist: Derek Charm
Lettering: Andworld Productions
Publisher: Ted Adams
The Powerpuff Girls are one of the most well-known superhero teams aimed at young girls. The TV show first aired in 1998 (making it a whopping 18 years old). However, Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup didn’t morph into comic form until 2013 when Cartoon Network partnered with IDW Publishing.
With the comics created further along the timeline than the TV show there’s an understandable fear that the writers won’t stay true to the source material. Alas, anyone who has this fear can sigh in relief. The second issue of this current comic batch has all the elements that made the original cartoon one of the best shows of the late 90s and early 00s.
The storyline in Issue 2 is the same as all other PowerPuff Girls storylines: cute and ridiculous in the most perfect way possible. The cover is a big giveaway to the main focal point of this issue – they get turned into chickens. Yes, chickens. Then they save the day as chickens. And the evil villain is a film director who wants to turn everyone into chickens to improve his own egg supply. It’s silly but so perfect at the same time.
As with any characters that have been around as long as the PowerPuff Girls, the branding is tight and there’s not much room for artistic license. So the artwork – just like the plot – has remained true to the original cartoon series. The girls look exactly the same, haven’t aged even slightly and still wear the same dresses. Professor Utonium still lacks any grey hair and Townsville hasn’t had any new developments.
Fans of the cartoon show can fully rejoice knowing that the modern day comic is staying true to the cartoon released so long ago that if it was a person, it would be able to get served at a bar.
Powerpuff Girls got five star ratings back in the day, and it continues to get five star ratings today.