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Target Practice (Cleopatra in Space #1) (edition 2014)

by Mike Maihack (Author)

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Title:Target Practice (Cleopatra in Space #1)
Authors:Mike Maihack (Author)
Info:GRAPHIX (2014), 176 pages
Collections:Library Borrow, Previously Read - All, Previously Read - Unowned
Rating:***1/2
Tags:Comics

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Cleopatra in Space #1: Target Practice by Mike Maihack

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15-year-old Princess Cleopatra has little interest in her school lessons. She’d rather make slingshots and go exploring. While investigating a strange cave, she is accidentally catapulted into the future and surrounded by talking cats. Unable to return to her present, she is enrolled in the Yasiro Academy and told of the evil Xaius Octavian who is destroying planet after planet. Cleo is no fan of her classes, except combat training, and has to struggle with adjusting to a new world and finding her place in it.
Maihack’s artwork is simple and wonderful. The linework is expressive and the colors are perfect. He has also created a universe that basically looks like ‘what if the Ancient Egyptians lived in the distant future and were capable of casual flight between worlds.’ It’s awesome. The characters are diverse and it’s easy to sense the love that Maihack has for them. This is an all-ages comic that I would recommend to anyone who enjoys adventure stories, science fiction, or Ancient Egypt. If you love all three of those things, then you’re definitely going to want to check this out. ( )
  Jessiqa | Jul 25, 2017 |
Cleopatra (nicknamed Cleo) is flung into the future, where she discovers that she is part of an ancient prophecy that says she was born to save the galaxy. After Cleo finds that there is no way back home to the past, she gets settled in the future. She has to go to school, which is not her favorite, and she has to learn combat training. She really likes the combat training! She is as good with a ray gun as she was with the slingshot. The adventure in this story is that the evil Xaius Octavian is trying to rid the world of information. He has locked up all the electronic data and entire worlds have lost their histories and culture. There are sectors of space that relied on the written word to preserve their history and they are still safe.

The artwork in this graphic novel is great. It is full of expression and adventure. The panels are easy to follow and part of the story is absorbed visually. This book is a great fit for upper elementary, middle school girls who are looking for comics and graphic novels that feature a fun and spunky heroine. It is not necessarily historically accurate as some reviews are quick to point out, but there are some nods to ancient egypt. If students have an interest in ancient Egypt, this might be a good recommendation -- just with a futuristic twist. There is nothing objectionable in the story. Some teachers may notice that Cleo is not exactly engaged in school. She is probably more of a kinesthetic learner ;) This would be a good addition to a school library. It would appeal to reluctant readers as well as advanced readers. It would be a good fit for a graphic novel display or on a reading list with strong female main characters for young readers. This would be a fun book to promote for summer reading. ( )
  kmjanek | Jun 14, 2016 |
Eh. Cheesy. I don't love the girls wearing pink flippy miniskirts with knee-high boots while the boys wear long pants and jackets, either. Come on.
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
I originally read most of this as a webcomic online and then the author pulled it when he got a publishing deal. This only went a little bit further then the stuff I had read online and so I ended up a little disappointed. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
I originally read most of this as a webcomic online and then the author pulled it when he got a publishing deal. This only went a little bit further then the stuff I had read online and so I ended up a little disappointed. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
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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, while trying to figure out how she's going to get her homework done, make friends, and avoid detention!

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One minute, fifteen-year-old Cleopatra is goofing off with her best friend in Egypt and the next, she's on another world, far into the future, and is propesied to be the savior of the galaxy.

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