"Beauty is Him Deep"
Writers: Robbie Busch;Chuck Kim
Artists: Christopher Cook(p), Mike DeCarlo(i), Dave Tanguay(c)
Well, I've always found Him to be a pretty low-rent villain. His scheme in the first story is interesting and ironic given the inspiration, but this tale was a hollow read.
The second story though briefer is much funnier. Sedusa's latest plan is quite brilliant and not too far-fetched. Hallucinogens certainly exist. Cosmetics could administer such a narcotic topically. In such a state, someone could be brainwashed.
The story isolates the girls and shows that while each of the heroes has a different personality, their roles are not stereotypes. Buttercup while being the feistiest and most cynical of the trio shows off her intelligence in this story. Why the Powerpuff Girls happen to be smarter than the so-called genuine heroes of the DCU is a mystery.
The artwork in both stories captures the Craig McKraken style, but the second story outshines the first with a comical distortion that wisely anticipates how the style may be applied to an original intention.
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