"Meet the Micros"
Writer: Amy Keating Rogers; Jennifer Moore & Sean Carolan
Artists: Christopher Cook(p), Mike DeCarlo(i), Heroic Age(c)
Powerpuff Girls often parodies super-hero tradition, and in this issue, Amy Keating Rogers sends up a particularly odd theme only found in comic books. While short supernatural trouble-makers abound in fairy tales, Bat-Mite and Mr. Mxyzptlk were particularly original pests in comic books. They focused their efforts specifically on the World's Finest team, and in "Meet the Micros" the Girls gain their own imps.
Keating Rogers makes the most of her newly created vermin. Because the Silver Age was so wacky with which to begin, you really didn't comprehend just how much these visits of the impish kind could impede a hero's progress. Rogers shows the destructive results of distractive abilities. The ending kind of fizzles, but the story still displays old school heroics in a new light.
Moore and Carolan create a different kind of problem for the Girls and a new means for Sedusa to commit her crimes. They examine the thirst for the fad and celebrity as a natural hindrance for super-hero activity. The Girls' solution to the problem is both practical and hilarious, and it also perhaps teaches a lesson to Townsvilles' residents about the dangers of conformity.
Christopher Cook and Mike DeCarlo are the artists on duty for both tales. Cook borrows an idea from Manga to create the designs for the Micros, and although my distaste for manga is high, there's no denying a good visual gag. He creates more realistic citizenry for the Sedusa tale, and throughout the book with DeCarlo's thick Colorform line inks displays the might and powers of Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup.
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