The Mad Mask – Archvillian Book #2

Archvillain #2 – The Mad Mask

By Barry Lyga

240 pages – ages 9+

Published by Scholastic Press on January 1, 2012

Kyle HATES Mighty Mike! Ever since Kyle (A.K.A. the Azure Avenger) got his super powers and the alien Mighty Mike showed up in the town of Bouring, Kyle has been trying to show the world that Mike is a big fake and an alien! Trying to embarrass Mighty Mike with the disappearing “Pants Laser” was a big failure. What was Kyle going to do? The Mad Mask, a new teenage supervillain showed up and made a deal with Kyle. If Kyle helped The Mad Mask build a giant robot, Ulitron, The Mad Mask would use Ulitron to destroy Mighty Mike. Kyle teamed up with The Mad Mask but The Mad Mask tricked Kyle and used Ulitron to destroy all the beautiful things in Bouring, like the town’s light house, which was – strangely – placed in a field, and the Mall!  The Mad Mask hated everything beautiful because he was in an accident that made him disfigured. Can Kyle now stop The Mad Mask and Ulitron?!?

I liked this book. In fact I liked it more than the first book in the series (Archvillain #1 see my review HERE). I liked The Mad Mask character because he had cool powers (he can control electronic things) and he was a great villain. In the first book, I didn’t like Kyle so much because he just didn’t seem like a guy I’d want to be friends with. In this book, I liked Kyle a  lot more because he made better choices and used his super-smart brain for good. Mr. Lyga described the action scenes so well that I really saw what was happening in my mind. There were also some really funny parts to the book (Like talking about the “Pants Laser”). I recommend the book to kids 9+ because there is a lot of (superhero-ish) fighting and some rude language (like shut-up, nothing too bad). At the end of the book there is a page that says the next Archvillain adventure will be when Kyle travels back in time to learn about when Mighty Mike came to Earth. I hope there is a Book #3.

To learn more about Mr. Lyga and his other books, please visit his website by clicking HERE.

Four out of five book worms for Archvillain #2 The Mad Mask!

Categories: Age 9+

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8 replies

  1. Great review! I’m adding this book to our Goodreads group “Parents of Tweens.” Do you mind if I quote you and credit you?

  2. Any book with “archvillain” in the title gets my attention 🙂 I like your review, especially your thoughtful reasons for preferring this book to the first.

  3. Disappearing pants lazer? Ha! Ha! Ha!

  4. Sounds like a fun book.

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