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Powerpuff Girls #68

Posted: Saturday, November 19, 2005
By: Ray Tate



"Micro-Managing"

Writer: Amy Keating Rogers;
Artists: Christopher Cook(p), Mike DeCarlo(i), Heroic Age(c)

"Brace Yourself"

Writer: Sean Carolan & Jennifer Moore
Artists: Ricardo Fuentes Garcia(p), Mike DeCarlo(i), Heroic Age(c)
Publisher: DC

Amy Keating Rogers' Micro-Puffs--Mxyzptlk inspired imps--return in The Powerpuff Girls. Their well-devious scheme forces Blossom to resort to an unusual method of crimefighting but one that's time-honored in the annals of comic book history.

Oh, what a delight is the delightful arch-nemesis that is the main foe of the Powerpuff Girls. Blossom buries the hatchet by appealing to the villain's ego. Such insight indicates that although all three Girls arrived in the world at the same time, Blossom is the Powerpuff with the maturity to lead.

Cook and DeCarlo add spring to the steps of the story through sly expressions from Blossom and her abnormal partner. Their illustration of multiplicity like Russian nesting dolls further adds complexity to the sublime style aped.

John Rozum pops in for two quick one pagers--a fun little puzzle and an informative identification class in Professor Utonium's laboratory. Rozum as usual doesn't offer dry lectures or mental exercises, and his capper jokes are quite amusing.

While the villain is weak in Carolan's and Moore's story, their reliance on a bizarre but actual fifties eugenics program run in grade schools across America will make Mysties grin, and Ricardo Fuentes panels depicting the Powerpuffs' pathetic problem is just gut busting.

The book concludes with three one page gags by Sholly Fisch riffing off of that marvelous malevolent monkey's mentally meager method of Powerpuff Girl adaptation--a brilliantly bad technique explored in the episode "Doggie See Doggie Do Too."



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