Graphic Novel Review – Mighty Jack by Ben Hatke (First Second Books)

FullSizeRender (5)Ben Hatke is my two year old’s favorite author, and my favorite to read to him. Every book of his we get into the house gets well worn and produces countless happy moments of in my lap reading with my son. His books are more for elementary school to middle school aged readers, but that doesnt prevent my son from loving the artwork, identifying objects and repeating sounds in a super fun experience.

Mighty Jack is another great installment in Ben’s catalog. This is close to his Zita the Spacegirl books in terms of a higher age group within his spectrum, but regardless there are all of his strongsuits in artwork, creativity, sound moments and fun characters. I enjoyed the way our young Jack takes care of his sister and must endure as their mother works herself to the bone. This created strong sympathy for Jack in this homelife, and then to see him, his sister and a cute neighbor girl have to tend to a garden of epic scifi ingenuity and danger…it was just great storytelling! Bring on the next book!

Here are some of my favorite pages from Mighty Jack:




About Timothy C. Ward

Timothy C. Ward is a former executive producer and Hugo Nominee of Adventures in SciFi Publishing. He has been broke and lost on the other side of the world and now dreams of greater adventures from his keyboard in Des Moines, Iowa. This summer, he released his second Sand Divers book, Scavenger: A.I., where two parents use an ancient technology to fight a reproducing A.I. while trying to resurrect their deceased infant, and a new series that begins with Godsknife: Revolt, an apocalyptic battle for godhood in the rift between Iowa and the Abyss. Sign up for his newsletter for news, sales, giveaways and more:

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