POWERPUFF GIRLS #1 Review

After so many years does the property still have sugar, spice and everything nice? Read on to find out.

The official description from IDW:

Citizens of Townsville, fear not! The Powerpuff Girls are back! In this IDW debut issue Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup are back to take down the meanest of the mean and the ugliest of the ugly! Plus, what fiendish secret is Mojo Jojo hiding? The answer is sure to surprise!

If you grew up watching Cartoon Network in the late 90s and early 2000s then there’s no way you missed this classic program. And as we approach its impending future we have a tribute of sorts to the classic rendition, courtesy of this mini-series.  But the question is does the content here live up to its television heritage?  Speaking as one of the fanboys that watched this show back when it aired, I can smile and say yes!

Troy Little begins to spin this yarn exactly as you might expect it, and that right there is what makes this piece inviting.  As first issues go, the author has seen fit to focus on what followers know as he employs enough savvy to represent the characters well.  He plays with all the available toys as he slowly but surely builds a narrative that’s very familiar.  Truth be told that’s the charm of this work, but in the end he doesn’t push the boundaries of what came before which could be a bit of a detriment.

The scribe pulls some serious double duty as Troy Little dives headfirst into the visual portion of this equation.  When it comes to transitioning a property from the small screen to the comic book page the question of how much of the show’s innate spirit will successfully transfer over emerges.  I can tell you that the talent does a tremendous job taking what we remember and breaking it down into beautiful still images that are sure to please.

PowerPuff Girls #1 is an excellent read that indeed stays in familiar waters from beginning to end but delivers more than enough to earn a recommendation.

4/5

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