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Powerpuff Girls #54

Posted: Saturday, September 18, 2004
By: Ray Tate



"Fish Fight"
"Mojo's Mix-Up"

Writers: Abby Denson; Robbi Busch
Artists: Christopher Cook(p), Mike DeCarlo(i), Heroic Age(c)
Publisher: DC

I have been noticing a downward spiral in terms of intellect thanks to Johnny DC. Perhaps the little tyke has the measels leading to spotty storytelling. Fortunately, this contagion has yet to affect The Powerpuff Girls.

In the first story, Professor Utonium tries to teach fishing to the Girls. The imparting of his knowledge about the past-time runs into the blockade of Bubbles' characterization. Bubbles is so sweet and fun-loving that she does not want to harm a living thing--even a worm.

The philosophical conflict escalates and unfolds in lyrical manner that's almost like kwaidan fused to kaiju. Bubbles in the end comes through but not in a way that can be predicted until the very last panel and the surreal ending truly casts the tale in Craig McCracken territory.

The second story features Mojo Jojo, but this is not a plan worthy of Mojo, in that the plan is not worthy of him to scheme.

The artwork including that to be found in the puzzle and activity, both by Sholly Fisch, uniformly keeps everything action-packed, and the stand-out scene in the first story where Bubbles comes to the resolution of her personal conflict parodies stirring direction in classic Japanese cinema.



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