The Mad Mask

The Mad Mask

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by Barry Lyga
     
 

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THE MAD MASK is book two in critically acclaimed author Barry Lyga's Archvillain series!

Things haven't been going well for Kyle since Mighty Mike became the new town hero. He's pretty sure he could fix this disaster if he could expose Mike's secret (he's an alien), but to do that Kyle would have to admit he is the Azure Avenger -- the unintentional town

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THE MAD MASK is book two in critically acclaimed author Barry Lyga's Archvillain series!

Things haven't been going well for Kyle since Mighty Mike became the new town hero. He's pretty sure he could fix this disaster if he could expose Mike's secret (he's an alien), but to do that Kyle would have to admit he is the Azure Avenger -- the unintentional town archvillain.
One night a new masked hero, aptly named the Mad Mask, arrives, boasting to the Azure Avenger of an off-the-charts IQ and superior superpowers. Yet the Mad Mask has come seeking intellectual assistance in building Ultitron (the robot of all robots). In exchange he offers to allow the Azure Avenger to use the awesome Ultitron to rid the world, or at least Bouring, of Mighty Mike. Forging alliances isn't usually Kyle's style, but it seems he has no choice. While Kyle agrees to help, he also has another plan: finding out who the Mad Mask is and how he got his powers. Because the last thing the Azure Avenger needs is another mindless archvillain hanging around town!

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Kirkus Reviews
Continuing to plead that he's not the Archvillain (2010) everyone makes him out to be, a teenager with super powers complicates his case by falling in with a hilariously crazed megalomaniac bent on world conquest. It's just so frustrating. Despite a megagenius IQ and super powers of his own, every scheme Kyle has concocted to unmask widely admired superhero Mighty Mike as an alien in disguise has gone wrong while making him look like the Bad Guy. Worse yet, Kyle's long-time best friend Mairi has taken to hanging out with the hunky creep! Yet another teen superhero appears on the scene, this one wearing a cool wooden mask, given to frothy third-person rants ("The Mad Mask fears no one--man, woman, child, or platypus!") and sporting both plans for a titanic killer robot and some impressive tech gear. It's too much; Kyle disregards the reservations of the mouthy sidekick AI he's constructed in his iPod and jumps at the chance to, well, at least show Mighty Mike up. Styling himself "The Azure Avenger" but generally known as "The Blue Freak," Kyle isn't the most reliable of POV characters, but his intentions are generally good, despite a tendency to rationalize iffy acts like stealing chemicals for his basement lab or altering his parents' memories with a brain-wave manipulator. By the end, he finds himself actually having to help Mighty Mike. Figures. A fizzy mix of multilayered comedy and awesomely destructive battles, presented from an unusual narrative angle. (Adventure. 10-13)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545196512
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2012
Series:
Archvillain Series
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,365,765
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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