Target Practice (Cleopatra in Space #1)

18527488Target Practice by Mike Maihack

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Diamond Comics
First Published: 2014
Publisher: Graphix
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Super fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Action, Science Fiction, Humor


When a young Cleopatra (yes, THAT Cleopatra) finds a mysterious tablet that zaps her to the far, REALLY far future, she learns of an ancient prophecy that says she is destined to save the galaxy from the tyrannical rule of the evil Xaius Octavian. She enrolls in Yasiro Academy, a high-tech school with classes like algebra, biology, and alien languages (which Cleo could do without), and combat training (which is more Cleo’s style). With help from her teacher Khensu, Cleo learns what it takes to be a great leader, all while trying to figure out how she’s going to get her homework done, make friends, and avoid detention!


This is a kickass graphic novel series for young readers.

I try to stay away from science fiction works—whether novels or graphic novels—because when the author does not clearly illustrate the world, it can be very confusing, and so, not at all a wonderful experience.

But Mike Maihack nailed it. Although we don’t know absolutely everything about the world, the author didn’t info-dump us, meaning that the little we know is clear enough for me to be receptive to more information in the future sequels.

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Cleopatra is a great heroine. She’s fifteen, therefore she’s young and sometimes immature as well as reckless, but she has a good heart and is someone I believe I could have gotten along with had she been real. She is adjusting well at her new futuristic academy, considering she is a historical figure.

It’s obviously not at all a realistic story, but once in a while you do need a work purely entertaining that doesn’t require too much of your attention. It’s action-packed and fast-paced. There is little dialog. It’s the perfect book to read during a short bus or metro ride.

I can’t wait for more. I’m beginning to care about this world.


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