Legends of Zita the Spacegirl
by Ben Hatke Series: Zita the Spacegirl #2 Published by First Second
on September 4th 2012 Genres: Graphic Novel Pages:
Ben Hatke brings back our intrepid space heroine for another delightful sci-fi/fantasy adventure. Zita is determined to find her way home to earth, following the events of the first book. But things are never simple, and certainly never easy, in space.
Zita's exploits from her first adventure have made her an intergalactic megastar! But she's about to find out that fame doesn't come without a price. And who can you trust when your true self is being eclipsed by your public persona, and you've got a robot doppelganger wreaking havoc . . . while wearing your face?
Still, if anyone can find their way through this intractable mess of mistaken identity and alien invaders, it's the indomitable Zita, in Legends of Zita the Spacegirl.
Plot: Legends of Zita the Spacegirl takes off after the first book. Our girl Zita is a hero and feeling a bit crowded by those asking for her autograph. So when she sees a robot impersonating her, she lets it take over so she can get away and explore the city. She ends up at a circus, where she gets sidetracked and almost misses their launch time. But the imitating her has accepted a mission to save a planet from destruction from Star Hearts and pushes Zita off the ship before it takes off. Zita must find a way back to her friends with Mouse, but in order to do that she ends up stealing and becoming a wanted criminal. A familiar face from the circus helps aide her and sets them on the path to finding her own ship. I really loved the spin this novel took, the robot becoming more and more like Zita as the graphic novel progresses. Along with new enemies, Zita will find more friends and allies to aide her along the way.
Characters: I really loved the new characters introduced in this book. The Zita impersonating robot is the first you meet, who takes on the image with scary ease and begins to act like Zita herself. Madrigal is another fascinating new character who is a circus performer that aides Zita, but there’s more to her that Zita does not know. Like how she knows Piper already. And all of the minor characters are just so cute and full of character as well. I love Mouse, who has messages appear from the box around his next to communicate with Zita.
Graphics: I love Hatke’s style. All of the characters are so unique and full of life. I love the cartoony feel of the graphics and everything fits so well with the story. Definitely one of my favorite illustrations are in this book. Just look at the beautiful images featured below, so gorgeous.
Final Verdict: Definitely a graphic novel series that kids and adults can enjoy. Hatke writes a wonderful story and illustrates it beautifully.
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