Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Graphic Novel Review: Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke

Release date: February 1, 2011
Published by: First Second
Source: Provided by publisher
Author links: benhatke.com | @BenHatke
Buy links: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Zita’s life took a cosmic left turn in the blink of  an eye.

When her best friend is abducted by an alien doomsday cult, Zita leaps to the rescue and finds herself a stranger on a strange planet. Humanoid chickens and neurotic robots are shocking enough as new experiences go, but Zita is even more surprised to find herself taking on the role of intergalactic hero. Before long, aliens in all shapes and sizes don’t even phase her. Neither do ancient prophecies, doomed planets, or even a friendly con man who takes a mysterious interest in Zita’s quest.

Zita the Spacegirl is a fun, captivating tale of friendship and redemption from Flight veteran Ben Hatke. It also has more whimsical, eye-catching, Miyazaki-esque monsters than you can shake a stick at.

I'll admit that my first impression of Zita the Spacegirl was that it looked a little too young and cutesy for me. It arrived courtesy of a publicist who has recently provided me with some really amazing stories. I've come to learn that when she says something is good, I better read it. So I dove right in and found myself enjoying this a lot more than I expected.

The story follows a girl named Zita whose friend is abducted when she unknowingly opens a gateway into another world.  Using a device first discovered at the bottom of a large crater, Zita reopens the portal and jumps in. What she finds is a planet inhabited by alien creatures of all shapes and sizes, some unintelligible and some that she is able to understand. 

Zita quickly realizes that not only has she stumbled onto a foreign planet with no idea of how to rescue her friend, but also that the planet is in danger and most are trying to find their way off world.

The characters in this story vary in species and personality and were all enjoyable. I thought Zita was a spunky, courageous little heroine and she easily made friends everywhere she went. 

Zita the Spacegirl is lighter than what I'm used to and unlike 99% of the stories I read, this could easily be enjoyed by a much younger audience. The art is very basic but this simple style seems to fit the story just fine. Overall I thought this was a fun read and I'm looking forward to starting Legends of Zita the Spacegirl



How young can this one go? I'm looking for graphic novels for the kids.

Braine TS said...

I'm trying to groom my nephew to become a bookworm, I remember I started with Archie comics and Tintin. I'm thinking of introducing him to comics/graphic novels, slowly progress to Hardy Boys... The art does look cutesy but I think this is more for girls?

Melissa (My World...in words and pages) said...

The drawings are cute looking. I like that. Sounds like a great graphic to read with the family. :)

Addicted2Heroines said...

Anne - I would say 10 and up, but I think it's listed as even younger than that.

Braine - I would say boys and girls, especially because there are so many male characters. But my 10 y/o son quickly skimmed through it and informed me that it was a girl book. I'm not sure how old your nephew is, but if he is into TMNT and/or Adventure Time, they have a lot of good comics.

Melissa - Yes, it is cute. I think this would even make a good tv series for kids.

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