by Whitney Grace
Zita has become a popular hero in the galaxy. She stands up for those who can’t fend for themselves and she has saved several planets. Those actions would make anyone a reputable superhero. Not everyone is happy with Zita, especially the evil Dungeon Lord who imprisons her and forces her to work in the mines on threat he will kill her friend Mouse. Despite her sad situation, Zita still remains positive and tries to escape. She can count on all of her new friends to help for formulate a plan and even one she was beginning to think she would never see again.
The Return of Zita the Spacegirl is the last volume in Ben Hatke’s popular series that tells about the power of friendship and love without all of the sappy stuff. Zita is a family affair for Hatke, his wife originally conceptualized the character and he expanded on the story with help from his wife and four girls. Hatke takes the simple concept of two friends abducted by aliens and transforms it into heartwarming and exciting adventure. One really has to read the prior two volumes to get the full Zita experience and understand the eclectic band of characters.
Hatke’s art is a treat. It has some elements from Hayao Miyazaki, but he transforms them thoroughly into his own. That being said any fan of Miyazaki will enjoy this trilogy. He also favors muted color and simple details that don’t over power the character or dull out their actions.
This is Hatke’s third bout in this universe ad he has perfected his style.