"Tentacles of Terror"
"I Green of Genie"
Writers: Christina Z; Amy Keating Rogers; Robbie Busch;
Artists: Christopher Cook(p), Jorge Pacheco(i); Ricardo Fuentes(p), Pacheco(i); Heroic Age(c)
Before we begin our reviews, as July 4th approaches I'm starting to feel patriotic. So, I'd like to recite the Pledge of Allegiance--
"I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United Federation of Planets, and to the galaxy for which it stands, one universe, under everybody, with liberty and justice for all species."
The tyke who spoke those words was punished. His mother who found the hilarity in the situation was called in for a serious talk, and the school administration attempted to humiliate the boy for speaking these seditious, offensive and inflammatory words. What have I to say about it? Rock on, little dude! What I love most about this story found at peterdavid.net, is that they're reprimanding the kid for honoring a fictional organization that represents optimism and the full potential of humanity. Can't have that now, can we?
Amy Keating Rogers conjures the best story in the latest Powerpuff Girls anthology. The Gangreen Gang find a genie in the lamp--who of course is a gag on Barbara Eden's famous jinn--and make their wishes.
Keating Rogers' sense of humor and characterization really comes through on the story. The Gangreen Gang wishes for super-powers, and these are the most nauseating powers likely conceived.
Christopher Cook and Jorge Pacheco--related to Carlos?--keep the slim tale action-packed and has a real hoot when putting the Basil Wolverton inspired Craig McCracken baddies through their paces.
Robbie Busch's story starts out strong and continues that strength through the middle of the book, but his ending leaves more to be desired. That said, this is a pretty okay Sedusa story, and Fuentes and Pacheco thread into the tail an impressive splash page.
Christina Z's tale is a little too preachy, and her aim seems to be to heap as many super-powers onto the Powerpuff Girls as possible. Really all that was needed here was strength.
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