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Powerpuff Girls #49

Posted: Saturday, April 24, 2004
By: Ray Tate

"Amoeba Prime"
"Amoeba Butter & Jelly"

Writer: Sean Carolan & Jennifer Moore;Robbie Busch
Aritsts: Phil Moy;Christopher Cook(p), Mike DeCarlo(i), Heroic Age(c)
Publisher: DC

It's Amoeborific! Two stories comprise this week's Powerpuff Girls Both merit your--wait for it--undivided attention.

The Amoeba Boys really commit no crimes in these tales. They and the Girls sort of run into each other in the City of Townsville. Like the Flash rogues, the Amoeba Boys happen to be citizens of Townsville. Only, The Powerpuff Girls take this inherently amusing concept to the nth degree.

In "Amoeba Prime" the Boys attend Townsville's Amusement Park. In order to enter the gates of some rides, they must meet a height requirement. Brothers I can relate. It took me years and plenty of milk to finally grow taller than Charlie Brown in order to ride the Turnpike Cars at Kennywood.

The Boys come up with a unique method of beating the system, but it leads to a science based problem that the Girls defeat through a scientific experiment done macro.

Apart from the science in the story, Carolan and Moore bring in some beautiful character moments. Blossom for instance embraces her cleverness with an imitation of a carnival barker. Bubbles' little "Awwww." voices her sweetness.

The second story is a mindblowing absurdity in which the Boys cause a bad reaction in the Girls that leaves them unlike their usual playful, heroic selves. Bubbles must deal with some twisted sisters in an inventive turn of a classic plotline.

The artwork in both tales does more than mimic Craig McCracken Colorforms. I keeps the Girls distinguished through body language and behavior. It enhances the humor with exquisite comic timing. Particularly prevalent in the cute versions of the Amoeba Boys, Philip Moy also shows he can punch with the best of them in the finale.

Christopher Cook in the second story creates a very alarming change in the Girls attitude, and he shows how much skill it takes to follow the McCracken model when keeping the afflicted out of character but specifically for the duo. Both stories in terms of artwork and writing offer the reader rib-tickling fun.

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