Target Practice. Cleopatra in Space Vol 1. by Mike Maihick. Graphix, 2014.
Cleopatra, before she was queen, was a teenaged girl trying to worm her way out of formal lessons so she could spend more time perfecting her slingshot skills. One day, she found her way through a portal to the far future, where they are sure that she is going to save them. She’s not sure from what, but meanwhile, it turns out that there are boring lessons even in the far future – and detention for those who try to skip. It’s all quite confusing, but it turns out that her skill at the slingshot translates really well into laser gun skills! It doesn’t take long before she’s involved in rollicking, school-sponsored adventures.
This is a fun and fast-paced adventure with lots of appeal for elementary school kid. Is there a whole lot of logic behind Cleo travelling in time like this? Why, yes – it gives her an excellent excuse to have a talking cat as a tutor and a sphinx-shaped space glider thingy. I didn’t really notice much in the way of character development, but it is an awful lot of fun. The art bring the action to life with a sense of innocent and wide-eyed enjoyment of the adventure.