Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Review: Powerpuff Girls: Super Smash-Up by Various

After their victory in the Super Secret Crisis War, the Powerpuff Girls take it easy with a rare VIP tour of Dexter’s Laboratory! But when tag-along Dee Dee accidentally activates Dexter’s newest invention, the fate of the entire multiverse is suddenly at stake! A dimensions-spanning epic into the worlds of Courage The Cowardly Dog, Cow and Chicken, Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends, and Dexter's Laboratory!
Cartoon Network was my favorite cartoon channel when I was growing up, so this comic was a must-read for me.

In Powerpuff Girls: Super Smash-Up, the Powerpuff Girls visit Dexter in his laboratory. However, Dee Dee ends up being doused in Chemical X and passes through Dexter's invention that transports her to one of the multiverses. Complications keep piling up and it seems like this is one situation that the Powerpuff Girls can't fix.

Reading this book felt like spending a couple of hours watching Cartoon Network. Aside from the Powerpuff Girls and Dexter's Laboratory, the comic also features Courage the Cowardly Dog, Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends, Cow and Chicken, The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy, plus a blink-and-you'll-miss-it cameo by Ed, Edd, and Eddy, and Samurai Jack.

This was certainly a trip down memory lane. The Grim Adventure of Billy and Mandy and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends came after my time, though, so I was more interested in the other cartoons. Of the other crossover cartoon bits, the one I enjoyed the most was the Cow and Chicken one. I loved the show way back in the day, and it was nice to see the characters again in a story that wouldn't have been too out of place on the show.

As for the main story, I enjoyed it a lot. The Powerpuff Girls seem to have gained new powers since I last saw an episode, but otherwise, it felt just like old times. Same goes with Dexter's Laboratory, although I wish Mandark had made an appearance in this comic. The main conflict here is certainly what you'd expect to happen in Dexter's Laboratory, but I'm glad that the brawn here were the Powerpuff Girls. Dexter is at his best when he's in command, and it was nice to see the girls in the field, so to speak.

If you're feeling nostalgic for the '90s and early 2000s, read this!

Thanks to NetGalley and IDW Publishing for the e-ARC.


  1. It's nice to see my favorite childhood cartoon characters again.
  2. It was a fun story.
  3. There's something for everyone. 


  1. The amount of cameos and crossovers can be overwhelming. 


  1. You grew up watching Cartoon Network.
  2. You like crossovers.
  3. You are a fan of the Powerpuff Girls and/or Dexter's Laboratory. 



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