Wednesday, 28 March 2012

The Mad Mask - Barry Lyga - Archvillain 2

The Mad Mask
Archvillain Book 2
Barry Lyga
Scholastic
ISBN 9780545196512

In the last month I have read five of Barry Lyga's novels. Each was a great read. But this is the first in a direct series. It was interesting watching the progress of Kyle's character from the first book and through to the end of this one. In this installment we find out that a third person was affected by the radiation from space that brought Mighty Mike to Earth and gave Kyle his invulnerability and his super intellect. But we also find out during the course of the story that 5 children in total went missing that night. We can only wonder if more of them will show up with powers as the series moves on. The Mad Mask tracks down Kyle and his villain name,
The Azure Avenger. He proposes creating a giant robot, Utilitron, to wipe beauty from the world. At first Kyle falls under the Mad Mask's spell but soon he realizes not all is as it appears.

This is a wonderful middle grade story that children will love and parents will enjoy reading with them. It has adventure, super heroes, villains, a giant robot and the unexpected. It was great fun to read and I look forward to book three.


Books by Barry Lyga:
I Hunt Killers:
I Hunt Killers (2012)
Game - I Hunt Killers #2 (2013)

??? - I Hunt Killers # 3 (2014)

Brookdale High:
The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl (2006)
Boy Toy (2007)
Hero Type (2008)
Goth Girl Rising (2009)

Archvillian:
Archvillain #1 (2010)
The Mad Mask - Archvillian #2 (2011)
Yesterday Again - Archvillian #3 (2013)

Other Books By Barry Lyga:
Graphic Novels in Your Media Center: A definitive Guide (with Alison A.W. Lyga - 2004)
Wolverine: Worst Day Ever (2009)
MangaMan (with Colleen Dorren 2011)

Unsoul'd (2013)

Contributed to:
Geektastic (2009)

Author Profile and Interview with Barry Lyga

Author Profile and Interview with Randall Banner

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