After a well-received first graphic novel, Jake Parker returns with another action story featuring his rodent hero, Missile Mouse: Rescue on Tankium3.
There's a great action sequence to start off the book with flying cars that might remind you of The Fifth Element or one of the new Star Wars prequels. Like the first book, the plots is straightforward with a lot of action throughout. The plot involves the secret ingredient to Cosmic Cola and another would-be galactic despot named King Bognarsh. Missile Mouse has to battle an evil bounty hunter named Blazing Bat and King Bognarsh's minions to rescue the kidnapped inhabitants of Tankium3 and defeat King Bognarsh.
The set-up in this book is not all that different than the first book as Missile Mouse again is saddled with a partner he doesn't trust — in this case a squadron of robots. Missile Mouse is a pint-sized, science fiction version of the loner cop/sheriff/hero who wants to do it all themselves but eventually learns to work well with others. In this case, one of the robots, Agent 44, shows Missile Mouse that even a robot can make a good partner.
It's not a comedy, but it's a very light-hearted book and bound to appeal to young kids who are already familiar with science fiction stories. There's also a short "Guide to Missile Mouse's Universe" chapter at the end of the book which is fun. Lots of extra details on species, ships and weapons. The page on the lifecycle of the Tankians is interesting – they're a kind of evolved amphibian. However, nothing of their unique lifecycle is really part of the story itself.
Definitely worth checking out for younger kids, especially ones that enjoy action stories and science fiction.
The publisher provided a free copy of the book to ComixTalk for review purposes.