Archvillain #2: The Mad Mask
Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545196536 Paperback
240 Pages | 5.24" x 7.56" | Ages 8 to 12
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 use of 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!
Raves & reviews:
"Good, snide fun." —Kirkus Reviews
"Who is the good guy and who is really the archvillain? Tune in next time." —School Library Journal
"Lyga laces his story with ample humor . . . Readers will find plenty to ponder, from guessing Mike's true motivations to debating whether Kyle is a hero—or a villain in the making." —Publishers Weekly
"Lyga displays a nice grasp of superhero tropes . . . that middle-grade boys should flock to with much enthusiasm." —Booklist