Not in De Nile: Cleopatra In Space Book 1: Target Practice

GameStop, Inc.

Art & Story By Mike Maihack
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ISBN: 978-545528429

Cleopatra might be the Queen of the Nile, but did you know she spent a large portion of her youth saving the galaxy from an evil overlord?  You aren’t going to find that written on any hieroglyphic tablets.  While the historical record might not account for it, Mike Maihack examines this untoldcleopatra in space cover tale of Cleopatra’s life.  According to a futuristic prophecy, Cleopatria is supposed to save the galaxy, so she is transported to the future in order to do so.  The only problem is nobody knows when and how she will do it.

In the mean time, Cleopatra is enrolled in the Yasiro Academy, where she attends regular school classes: combat training, alien languages, algebra, weapons, and biology.  With the help of her tutor, Khensu (a talking cat descended from Cleopatra’s personal pet) and friends Akila and Brian, Cleopatra quickly acclimates to the future and school.  The question, though, is when will she save it all?

Cleopatra In Space is an awesome idea!  It reimagines an amazing historical figure and places her in (literally) a space drama mixed with some high school storylines.  It seems too farfetched to work, but Maihack doesn’t allow the history books to weigh him down nor sci-fi cliches.  He makes Cleopatra a relatable teen heroine and adds the fun Egyptian story telling elements from cartoons, movies, and books.  While the futuristic world is fun, the characters are the story’s real pull.  Cleopatra is confident, brave, and quirky and Khensu is a talking cat trying to teach her (he’s interesting enough on his own).  The supporting cast each fill required roles to round out the story, but not in a stereotypical manner.

The art is extremely delightful.  Mahiack doesn’t have any obvious influences for his work, which is another tally in his favor.  He creates an entirely new aesthetic with style that borders along kid-friendly and something you would find in a high class action comic.

Cleopatra In Space was written for younger audiences, but it certainly belongs on the bookshelves of every comic book fan.

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