Graphic Novel Review: Mighty Jack and Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke
Posted on October 8, 2019 at 11:22 am by Gene Ambaum
Mighty Jack and Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke. First Second, 2019. 9781250191731. 254pp plus a bunch of sketches at the end.
I’m not a fan of crossover events in comics. Usually major comics companies bring together heroes or teams and no character gets enough focus to make the effort worthwhile. However Hatke’s Zita / Jack crossover is perfect as he brought together not only his two heroes, but every element you could have possibly loved in each series. He did it in a such a way that I’m going to go back and read both series again in order ASAP, followed by this book again.
The giants are bringing a war to Jack that will destroy the world. Even with Zita and her friends’ help, they need to delay the giants from breaking down the door to Earth, and to find allies for the coming battle. Basically they’re going to need everyone’s help, and things don’t go as expected. Saying any more would be a major spoiler for events in both series, so if you haven’t read them, start with the Zita the Spacegirl books now, no matter what age you are.
If you have read these, though, I will say that Tig and Jerry make an appearance, and my favorite bit may have been seeing Zita’s double again. But that’s me — I’m sure you’ll have your own favorite moment.
On a personal note, Ben is one of the nicest guys and most talented cartoonists I’ve ever met. His family recently suffered a terrible tragedy, and folks have been chipping in to help them cover the associated bills. Here’s a link to the fundraiser if you want to consider it, too. https://www.givesendgo.com/idahatke