While trying to stop Mojo Jojo on New Year’s Eve, the Powerpuff Girls get sent back in time. This story focuses on Blossom and her endeavor to get back to the present. Blossom ends up becoming Sheriff of a town in the old west, taking on some more criminals than intended, but time travelling in the end—hopefully to the right time period where Bubbles and Buttercup will be waiting for her to defeat Mojo Jojo and save the city of Townsville.
Mancini and Goldman add a lot of humor in this issue, especially with the Mayor’s character in the old west town of Fishstench Cove. Even though things are of a pretty urgent nature, the Mayor’s character is always one to be joking around and bringing a lighthearted tone to the script.
I do wish we had seen more of Bubbles and Buttercup in this issue. I’m sure we’ll see where they are in future issues, but an issue entirely devoted to Blossom kind of defeated the purpose of the Powerpuff GIRLS.
The writing is really smooth and easy enough to read that the issue becomes really fast-paced. That’s not to say it’s a bad thing, but the dialogue just reads quickly because of its simple nature. It has a cinematic quality in that sense, and becomes very reminiscent of the TV cartoon.
The artwork also adds to the cinematic nature of the issue. Murphy’s illustrations are really basic, with clean, 2-D lines that resemble the TV show’s animation more often than not. This gives him room to make characters hyperbolic and over-expressive. It adds a lot to the humor of the story, and makes sure not to stray too far from the Powerpuff Girls we know, love, and grew up with.
This is a great issue for any Powerpuff Girls fan, and reads much like the cartoons play out. Now that Blossom has succeeded in time travelling (hopefully she ends up in the right place of the future), it’ll be interesting to see what Bubbles and Buttercup have been up to and what kind of damage Mojo Jojo has done. So, keep reading to see what these three heroes get themselves into!
Written by: Haley Mancini & Jake Goldman
Illustrated by: Philip Murphy