MIGHTY JACK AND ZITA THE SPACEGIRL by Ben Hatke
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MIGHTY JACK AND ZITA THE SPACEGIRL

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Age Range: 7 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Heroes Jack and Zita return to meet in an epic comics crossover.

In an exciting convergence between Hatke’s two successful middle-grade graphic-novel series Mighty Jack and Zita the Spacegirl, the titular protagonists team up to save Earth once again. The giants from Jack’s storylines along with the Screed from Zita’s are determined to seize Earth for their own nefarious purposes. The heroes are flawed in ways readers will understand, and these imperfections appear to work against them: As the opposition mounts, it seems as though they may not prevail. As the action culminates in an extraordinary and unforgettable battle, they find that unity rather than force will ultimately save the day. Hatke’s latest adventure is a wonderful and exciting page-turner, seamlessly blending dragons, giants, robots, and portals to other worlds, creating instant appeal for almost any young fan of graphic novels, fantasy, fairy tales, or science fiction. In an artistic style that is delightfully consistent and utterly recognizable, the illustrations are both alluring and cinematic, jumping to life off their pages through the vivid hues added by colorists Alex Campbell and Hilary Sycamore. For those who worry this may be the end of the line for their beloved heroes, fear not: Hints are left that further adventures may arise in the future. Most of the main characters present white; Jack’s sister, Maddy, has autism, as readers of Jack’s previous adventures will know.

Perfection. (Graphic science fiction/fantasy. 7-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 3rd, 2019
ISBN: 978-1-250-19172-4
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: First Second
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15th, 2019




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