Many of the Powerpuff Girls biggest enemies have teamed up in hopes of bringing Bubbles, Buttercup, and Blossom down one and for all. But in order to do that, the likes of Mojo Jojo, Sadusa, and Butterfingers must decide who will lead them. They all can’t be the head of the Bureau of Bad!
So in order to determine who will be the leader of the Doom Room, each villain will recount how they came the closest to taking down the Powerpuff Girls. First up is Princess Morbucks’ tale of how she started her own version of the Powerpuff Girls and reduced her enemies to ‘nothing.’
This opening chapter of the Bureau of Bad reminds me of one of the greatest episodes of Batman: The Animated Series, ‘Almost Got “Im.’ In that story, all of Batman’s greatest villains including the Joker, Two-Face, and Killer Croc recount how they all almost took down the Dark Knight. Having the Powerpuff Girls’ enemies tell their version of events is pretty similar to that great episode and as someone who isn’t really familiar with this franchise, I was pleasantly surprised with how good this first issue was!
Issue #1 is written by the team of Haley Mancini and Jake Goldman. The latter is a regular writer on the show. But it’s Mancini who really sparked my interest as she is the voice of Princess Morbucks. Who better to delve into the psyche of the character than the actress who brings her to life?
I’d be really interested to know if the actors behind some of the other characters who are members of the Bureau of Bad will be writing their alter-egos own stories. Unfortunately, upon further review on the IDW Publishing listings for issues #2 and 3, I don’t think that’s likely as only Mancini and Goldman are listed as the writers for those installments.
As for the art, it looks pretty darn close to what the cartoon series looks like. Again, I’m no expert of the Powerpuff Girls. But, I think artist Philip Murphy did a very photo-realistic job.
The Powerpuff Girls: The Bureau of Bad #1 was a very entertaining opening chapter. I think it’s got a lot of potential. A perfect read for not just fans of the show but as this introduces readers to all of the baddies, this is a great starting point for newbies.
This all-ages comic book retails for $3.99. It debuted in stores on November 29th in comic book shops nationwide.
This review was concurrently published on my blog A Madman With A Book.