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The Powerpuff Girls Super Smash-Up! #1 Review

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The Super Secret Crisis War is over, but that doesn’t mean it’s the end of our favorite Cartoon Network heroes and villains.  The Powerfuff Girls Super Smash-Up!, published by IDW, is a new crossover miniseries where Blossom, Buttercup, and Bubbles will team-up with various Cartoon Network characters.

The story begins with Fuzzy Lumpkins kidnapping Ms. Bellum.  The girls arrived in time to see Ms. Bellum perform a move on Fuzzy, taking him down.  You may wonder if we finally get to see Ms. Bellum’s face.  Well I’m not telling, you will just have to read the story for yourself to find out.

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Next, the girls and Professor Utonium pay a visit to Dexter’s Laboratory for a VIP tour, with the professor giving Dexter a sample of Chemical X in exchange for the tour.  Of course the obvious (and always funny) happened next.  Dexter’s sister, Dee Dee, snuck into the lab.  And yes, she is still a walking catastrophe.  Actually Dee Dee is a dancing catastrophe.  As always, she begins to dance and twirl, causing chaos in the lab.  Chemical X spills over onto Dee Dee, turning her into a hideous creature.  To make matters worse, she accidentally transports herself into another dimension.

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Derek Charm is the creative writer and artist.  The story is just as entertaining as when I watched both cartoons on television, especially Dexter’s Laboratory.  Dee Dee always stole the show, and it’s no different in this story.  Excellent script, funny character interactions.

The art is amazing with bursts of pretty, bright colors and fine details.  Great action scenes.

The Powerful Girls Super Smash-Up! #1 also contains a Courage the Cowardly Dog bonus story.  It is a super short story, and since I don’t give spoilers, I’ll just say that it’s funny and weird like the cartoon on television.

Jeremy Whitley is the writer.  Fun and strange script, and in case you’re wondering, yes Courage is still a “stupid dog.”  And he is still paranoid, and always first to notice strange events on the farm.

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Great artwork by Jorge Monlongo.  I especially like Courage’s facial expressions.  I laughed out loud as if I was watching tv.

There is no doubt that I am going to continue to read this all-ages comic book miniseries.

The Powerfuff Girls Super Smash-Up! #1 was released on January 28, 2015.

VERDICT (drum roll please)
I strongly recommend this title.  I give this issue 5/5 stars.

 

Super Secret Crisis War #1 Review

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If you and/or your children are fans of Cartoon Network, or just cartoons in general, then you will definitely want to read this comic book.  Published by IDW, Super Secret Crisis War is a six-issue mini-series featuring some of the network’s most beloved heroes and villains.

The demon, Aku, formed the League of Extraordinary Villains, a group of Cartoon Network’s most notorious villains.  Their mission is to capture and control the power of the heroes, and conquer their worlds.

The league sends evil robots to fight the heroes.  If the robots are defeated, the heroes get transported to the league for the next phase of their villainous plan.

The heroes that are targeted by the robots are:

  • Ben 10
  • Dexter (Dexter’s Laboratory)
  • Powerpuff Girls
  • Samurai Jack
  • Ed, Edd, n Eddy

We all know that Ed, Edd, n Eddy combined doesn’t make the sharpest tack in the box, but hey, they were targeted by an evil robot.

Five one-shots are included in this mini-series.  Below are the titles and month of release.

  • June – Super Secret Crisis War #1
  • July – Johnny Bravo #2
  • August – The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy #3
  • September – Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends #4
  • October – Cow and Chicken #5
  • November – Codename:  Kids Next Door #6

What a great line-up.

Louise Simonson is the writer.  Well-written script.  Funny dialogue and character interactions.  I couldn’t help but to hear the characters voices in my head while reading this hilarious comic, especially Mojo Jojo and Ed, Edd, n Eddy.

Beautiful artwork by Derek Charm.  Fine details.  Bright and colorful panels that kids will love and enjoy.

There is no doubt that I am going to read this entire mini-series.  I just wish that I was in this comic.  I would steal Ben 10’s omnitrix, and ask Dexter why is he the only person in his family that talks with an accent.

VERDICT (drum roll please)
If you are looking for comic books for your kids, then I strongly recommend this all-ages comic mini-series.  I am giving this issue 5/5 stars.

Teen Titans Go! #1 and #2 Review

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Teen Titans Go! was released a few months ago on DC Comics Digital First platform.  Although I am happy the series has now been released as print media, my children are even more excited.  We prefer print, so these two books were at the top of our comic list last week.

Both issues contain two stories each, and they are all funny and entertaining.  Dialogue is just as enjoyable as watching the cartoon itself on Cartoon Network.

The stories are well-written, and the art is superb.  The characters in the book are no different than their portrayals on television.  Robin is still controlling, Starfire is loveable, Raven is dark and gloomy, and Cyborg and Beast Boy are still best buddies who like to eat and joke around.

In the first story of Teen Titans Go! #1, Cyborg is determined to find out who keeps stealing his sandwiches out of the refrigerator.  Here are a couple of my favorite panels from the story.  Robin conducts his own investigation.

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In the second story, Robin and Beast Boy make a bet on the mini-golf course, and Beast Boy is determined to win Robin’s cape.  Cyborg instigates during the entire game.  I mentioned the superb artwork earlier.  I love the detailed facial expressions.  Check out Cyborg’s expressions as he instigates the shenanigans between Beast Boy and Robin.

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Meanwhile, Starfire and Raven are having their own adventure on the mini-golf course.  Starfire gets a little carried away while playing golf.  The two of them venture off into an arcade where Raven sees a stuffed animal she wants.

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Starfire asks Raven about the claw that’s supposed to grab the prize.  I’m not spoiling it here, you’ll just have to read it for yourself to find out what really happened.

In the first story of issue #2, Starfire signs the team up as contestants on Jump City’s Got Your Talent Right Here.  Robin opposes, but does he change his mind?

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Yes he does!

The panel of judges include one my favorite villains in the DC Universe.

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In the second story, Captain Cold blasts Robin into a block of ice.  Now the team has to come up with ways to try to free Robin.

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Sholly Fisch is the writer of this fun-filled title.  Fun character interactions, and family-friendly action/adventure.

The art team consists of Ben Bates (art, issue #1), Lea Hernandez  (art, issue #2), and Dan Hipp (cover).  Great visual storytellers.  You don’t even need text to know what’s going on in the stories.

If your kids watch Teen Titans Go! on Cartoon Network, then they will definitely want to read the books, as well.  Even if they’re not watching the cartoon, they will still appreciate this comic book.

VERDICT (drum roll please)

I highly recommend this all-ages comic book.  There is no doubt that Teen Titans Go! gets  5/5 stars.