#Critics Cinema

#Critics Cinema

Powerpuff Girls: The Bureau of Bad #2

Posted: 22 Jan 2018 09:00 AM PST

The second issue of Powerpuff Girls: The Bureau of Bad, in which various villains present their closest call to defeating the Powerpuff Girls, rolls out some C-List villains as Bianca Bikini takes center stage to describe the closest the Fashionistas have come to defeating the Powerpuff Girls. Oh, and Garbage Gary gets a turn, too. Yeah... he didn't come very close.

The Fashionistas actually come up with a pretty good plan of kidnapping Professor Untonium and forcing their hostage to design for them indestructible suits capable to standing up to the Powerpuff Girls. It's just too bad the suits don't solve the pair's vanity issues, as simply by staining the costumes the Powerpuff Girls force the villains to change clothes, finding a way to save the day once again (and enjoy some lemon squares).

We'll have to wait until issue #3 for Mojo Jojo to finally take center stage and offer up his closest call, but I'll admit the comic does pretty well with the likes of the Fashionistas and Garbage Gary and delivers an enjoyable story. Worth a look.

[IDW, $3.99]

The Good Place - Rhonda, Diana, Jake, and Trent

Posted: 22 Jan 2018 06:01 AM PST

Disguising his escaped humans as low-level demon workers, Michael (Ted Danson) works out the second-half of his plan while leaving the group in the Hall Of Low-Grade Crappiness not realizing the hall is about to get a new exhibit (joining the likes of the first white person with dreadlocks), this one starring animatronic versions of all four humans. And then things go to hell, in this case literally. While Chidi (William Jackson Harper) doesn't ever fit in anywhere, it's interesting to see just how easily Eleanor (Kristen Bell), Tahani (Jameela Jamil), and especially Jason (Manny Jacinto) take to their new surroundings and get along with their ball-punching, torture-loving, evil new acquaintances (which include Bell's real-life husband Dax Shepard).

In a clever juxtaposition, the episode that shows the other characters devolve a bit to who they were prior to their time in what they believe was the Good Place also features Michael finally connecting to the the human philosophical ideas Chidi struggled to teach him and come up with his own solution to the trolley problem. And Jason? Jason gets to save the day by relying on his only standby - Molotov cocktails! And he's right, the group has an entirely new set of problems to deal with as yet again the show continues to keep us guessing where Eleanor and friends may eventually end up.