I can't help but smile as I read the words "The City of Townsville," as I flip to the first page of The Powerpuff Girls Super Smash Up #1. I immediately channel my inner 90s kid and feel at home in the simplicity of what it was like to watch this cartoon when I was younger. From IDW Publishing, The Powerpuff Girls Super Smash Up #1, written and illustrated by Derek Charm is an amazing combination of classic Cartoon Network characters that will appeal to the nostalgic soul, along with the enormous fanbase these cartoons still have.
The plot is highly entertaining, filled with intense action sequences, furious fiery felines, and more! If you're a lover of this powerful team of girls, you will be satisfied with how accurate Charm writes them. Small details had me laughing out loud as I read, including a scene where zoo animals are running wild and a side character states, "Ugh! This happens every time I go to the zoo." I love when writers add little bits of comedy in that way.
This issue features a Powerpuff Girls/Dexter's Laboratory crossover, as Professor Utionium is being introduced to Dexter for the first time. As a thank you to Dexter, the Professor gives him a small sample of the infamous Chemical X to study. In return, Dexter gives the four characters a tour of his lab, and reveals the research he has been doing about multi-dimensional adventures. However, things get a little wacky when Dee Dee comes into the picture. I won't spoil the ending here, but I will tell you that it's fantastic! Charm seamlessly flows into the beginning of a new adventure that will leave you wanting more.
The bonus story at the end features Courage The Cowardly Dog, written by Jeremy Whitley, with art by Jorge Monlongo. It's a short tale that captures that classic nervous Courage The Cowardly Dog feeling. Even though it's only a few pages, there is a lot of action and some very interesting interactions with cows. You can expect everything you have grown to love when watching the TV show.
Overall, I couldn't feel more enthusiastic about The Powerpuff Girls Super Smash Up. I will be most excited to see how Johnny Bravo and Cow and Chicken are incorporated into the series. They are on the cover, so I assume they will be! For those of you who don't know, it's a follow up to Cartoon Network: Super Secret Crisis War, which you can buy in trade paperback from February 3rd.
Christine Marie is a Staff Writer at Bleeding Cool, and bibliomaniac with a love for all things creative. She hopes to one day be a Superhero/Disney Princess/Novelist. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @AWritersWay or on her blog writerchristinemarie.wordpress.com.