Mighty Jack and the Goblin King (Mighty Jack, #2)
Like a bolt from the blue, Jack's little sister Maddy is gone — carried into another realm by an ogre.When Jack and Lilly follow Maddy’s captor through the portal, they are ready for anything... except what they find waiting for them in the floating crossroads between worlds. Even the power of their magic plants may not be enough to get them back to earth alive.Alone and injured, Jack and Lilly must each face their own monsters — as well as giants who grind the bones of human children to feed their “beast” and a fearsome goblin king in the sewers down below.But when Jack finds himself in a tough spot, help comes from the most unlikely person: the goblin king!Ben Hatke, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of Zita the Spacegirl, concludes his latest middle-grade fantasy-adventure graphic novel series, Mighty Jack, with the energetic finale to his retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk.

Mighty Jack and the Goblin King (Mighty Jack, #2) Details

TitleMighty Jack and the Goblin King (Mighty Jack, #2)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 5th, 2017
PublisherFirst Second
ISBN-139781626722668
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GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Childrens, Middle Grade, Adventure, Comics, Fairy Tales

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Mighty Jack and the Goblin King (Mighty Jack, #2) Review

  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    In this sequel to Ben Hatke’s MIGHTY JACK, Jack (the mighty hero) is trying to save his sister Maddy from her kidnappers.But he and Lilly have no idea what they’ll be up against. Unfortunately, they get separated early on and have to face dangers without each other’s combined strength.Ben Hatke mystified us with a peculiar dragon in the first book! But here… we have goblins! And a gigantic goblin king who eats little girls. So yeah, Jack better save his sister before it’s too late.While I do bel In this sequel to Ben Hatke’s MIGHTY JACK, Jack (the mighty hero) is trying to save his sister Maddy from her kidnappers.But he and Lilly have no idea what they’ll be up against. Unfortunately, they get separated early on and have to face dangers without each other’s combined strength.Ben Hatke mystified us with a peculiar dragon in the first book! But here… we have goblins! And a gigantic goblin king who eats little girls. So yeah, Jack better save his sister before it’s too late.While I do believe Jack and Lilly were always meant to be a team that goes on adventures together and fight the unexpected by each other’s side, I like what the author did here. How both characters have to individually explore the unknown, goblin-populated dimension before they could hope to see one another again. Lilly especially drew the shortest straw between the two of them, as she has been kidnapped as well!I thought the book was even faster-paced than the first one. It’s action scene after action scene. There barely is time to stop and look around, admire the alien surroundings. The ending made me feel really out of the loop, as I haven’t read the series the author visually references to. Though I believe I need to now. Oh dear, three more books to add. Jack has grown so much since the beginning of the first book. He is stronger, bolder, more courageous and open to the magic that is around him. Since I am pretty sure there will be a sequel (if not sequelS) I am eager to read more!PS. What I didn’t like was Lilly’s whining, because I don’t remember her being like that, and it’s just such a stereotype to have the girl complaining and the boy running past her without considering her words. The author redeemed himself eventually, by showing Lilly’s true strength, but I cringe as I remember that scene. ‘‘Boys will be boys’’ much??Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • First Second Books
    January 1, 1970
    Mighty Jack and the Goblin King continues the vivid, warm, and sensitive epic fairytale adventure its prequel started. In this volume, the garden behind Jack’s house has gone wild with creatures set loose by the magic beans Jack and Maddy planted. One particularly mean creature has kidnapped Maddy, and now Jack and his neighbor Lilly must rescue her from the dangerous world beyond the vines and stalks.
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  • Misty
    January 1, 1970
    It's no secret around here that I love Ben Hatke's work. All of it. Every last drop of ink, right down to the tiniest, silliest character. Everything is very vivid and lively, with bright, bold colors* and big, big emotions, and I always, always, always finish his stories with a giant smile on my face.Mighty Jack and the Goblin King was no exception. It's got that perfect blend of whimsical fantasy, sweet and fearless characters, and lush, vibrant coloring that I've come to associate with Hatke' It's no secret around here that I love Ben Hatke's work. All of it. Every last drop of ink, right down to the tiniest, silliest character. Everything is very vivid and lively, with bright, bold colors* and big, big emotions, and I always, always, always finish his stories with a giant smile on my face.Mighty Jack and the Goblin King was no exception. It's got that perfect blend of whimsical fantasy, sweet and fearless characters, and lush, vibrant coloring that I've come to associate with Hatke's work, and it's also possibly the funniest book he's written, thanks in large part to the goblins (goblins! Anf gobblets! I WANT A GOBBLET. Dammit, how does Ben always make me care about and want these silly little creatures in every. single. book.) As I've said before (in probably every review of Ben Hatke's work that I've ever written), the story feels like elements of my childhood come to life. It's a retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk, so of course there's that, but also, the giants remind me of the Gorgs from Fraggle Rock, with maybe a dash of Little Monsters and something else from my childhood that I can't quite out my finger on. And Jack and Lilly . . . where to even begin with Jack and Lilly. They're all the best bits of all of my childhood favorite adventurers combined, but with more modern finesse.  There's really nothing not to like about them, and I very, very much would like to see an entire series featuring the adventures of Lilly   (view spoiler)[the motherfreaking Goblin King! (hide spoiler)]. This one plunges right into the action, wasting no time from where the first book left off. This is great, but it also means that you definitely should read book one first (though that said, there is enough info given, and most people are familiar enough with the concept of Jack and the Beanstalk, that the majority of readers would still be able to pick this up and read/understand/enjoy it just fine, even without having read book 1. But, dude, read book 1. It's good!) The stakes feel very high in this (poor Lilly gets dragged through the ringer from page one!), and Ben reinterprets/repurposes original elements from Jack and the Beanstalk and similar tales in very fun, clever ways.And it's just a joy to read. I mean, there's a giant suit full of rats, you guys. I know that's probably repugnant to a lot of you, but I mean, clearly with a blog name like "The Book Rat," I'm more than happy to find surprise rats in my books... And yeah, okay, maybe the rats aren't really good guys here (typical), and maybe a fewof them get a little stabbed. But still. The old sight gag of something smaller (two kids stacked one on the other's shoulders, etc), pretending to be full-sized and Very Important is only made funnier and more absurd by the fact that it's rats. But even for those of you who won't be won over by the rats, I can't imagine there will be many people who will pick this or any of Hatke's books up and not be charmed. And those who are already fans may find a surprise special guest or two tucked away in these pages...If I haven't already made it clear, you should be reading Ben Hatke's books . Like, now.*And shout out to Alex Campbell and Hilary Sycamore on the gorgeous coloring for this series!
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  • Intisar Khanani
    January 1, 1970
    The more I read, the more I feel like Maddy is a plot device more than a character. What an absolute waste, and how frustrating when I was hoping to find positive disability rep here. I love the rest of this story (The Goblin King story arc was awesome!), I would read on, but I really wish Maddy's character & disability were handled a little differently. Here's hoping Maddy's character gains more depth, substance, and strength in future books.
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  • Ellie
    January 1, 1970
    I really like how this series is for kids just on the cusp of becoming teens. It's a tricky time to accurately portray, but these books feel authentic, despite all of the fantasy. This one was a bit more formulaic or less fantastical in some way, so it felt a little less exciting than the first volume. The epilogue has me so excited to see what's next, though, and I will definitely recommend this volume along with the first to tweens on up!This review is based on NetGalley ARC provided in exchan I really like how this series is for kids just on the cusp of becoming teens. It's a tricky time to accurately portray, but these books feel authentic, despite all of the fantasy. This one was a bit more formulaic or less fantastical in some way, so it felt a little less exciting than the first volume. The epilogue has me so excited to see what's next, though, and I will definitely recommend this volume along with the first to tweens on up!This review is based on NetGalley ARC provided in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion.
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  • Jillian Heise
    January 1, 1970
    Good follow-up to the cliffhanger ending of the first book.
  • Jenna
    January 1, 1970
    A great conclusion to the series but it felt almost too rushed. I’d have been happy if this had been a trilogy and we could’ve had a bit more time to enjoy this new world as well as their adventures running solo. Lily in particular should’ve had more time with her goblin journey. I’m very excited at the crossover shown in the epilogue, sort of like the Avengers hints in the early Marvel movies...
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  • Kendra
    January 1, 1970
    AAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!I love it.
  • Suzanne Dix
    January 1, 1970
    My favorite Hatke book to date! I’m even more excited now about our school visit with Ben!
  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks for the advance copy NetGalley! My son Ronan and I loved this one. We are fans of his other books as well and this one was right up there with his other works. Believable and likable characters, exciting action and heartfelt sentiment. Hatke always has strong female characters and this one follows suit. I recommend these books to boys and girls all the time and I'll be adding this one to the mix. There's a lovely surprise ending as well.
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  • Maggie Gordon
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn't in love with the first Mighty Jack volume, but this second one managed to win me over! Jack and Lilly have chased the ogre who stole Maddy into an alternative dimension. They quickly end up separated and Lilly actually has a plot that's worth reading this time becoming the Goblin King! Maddy is saved, the weird transdimensional universe is saved, and everyone makes it home safe... But not really the same... My one complaint is that the action is a bit too fast-paced, but it's a fun, exc I wasn't in love with the first Mighty Jack volume, but this second one managed to win me over! Jack and Lilly have chased the ogre who stole Maddy into an alternative dimension. They quickly end up separated and Lilly actually has a plot that's worth reading this time becoming the Goblin King! Maddy is saved, the weird transdimensional universe is saved, and everyone makes it home safe... But not really the same... My one complaint is that the action is a bit too fast-paced, but it's a fun, exciting book with great male and female characters. And the end offers quite a welcome surprise!
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  • Lilyn G. | Sci-Fi & Scary
    January 1, 1970
    Quick review for now:The li'l bit is sick. Some sort of tummy/allergies, whatever. Point is, she felt like crap tonight, and kept getting out of bed because she was afraid she was going to hork. So, I pulled out this book, which I'd honestly forgotten I checked out from the library over the weekend, and decided to give it a read with her.We both loved it.Mighty Jack and the Goblin King is the perfect type of book to read for a bedtime story. It's action-packed, it has characters that beg for dra Quick review for now:The li'l bit is sick. Some sort of tummy/allergies, whatever. Point is, she felt like crap tonight, and kept getting out of bed because she was afraid she was going to hork. So, I pulled out this book, which I'd honestly forgotten I checked out from the library over the weekend, and decided to give it a read with her.We both loved it.Mighty Jack and the Goblin King is the perfect type of book to read for a bedtime story. It's action-packed, it has characters that beg for dramatic voices, and even though the main character is technically Jack, Lilly owns her part of the story as well. (And she saves Jack's behind in a rather epic fashion!) The illustrations are perfect. The story comes to a sweet ending, but tags on an epilogue that makes you want to read the next book in the series.If you're looking for something to read with your little Monster, I highly recommend Mighty Jack and the Goblin King. Though I do warn you, it has *one* naughty word in it, but it's a very mild one. (view spoiler)[Ass. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Nicola Mansfield
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the first "Mighty Jack" book and this second in the series doesn't disappoint. This story of a boy, his autistic sister and homeschooled neighbour starts off where the last book ended at a high point that has the characters off and running from the beginning. Non stop action from beginning to end with fantastic creatures such as goblins, giants and rat creatures. Hatke's illustration is always wonderful and brings this fantasy world to life. The book ends on a note that makes us think th I loved the first "Mighty Jack" book and this second in the series doesn't disappoint. This story of a boy, his autistic sister and homeschooled neighbour starts off where the last book ended at a high point that has the characters off and running from the beginning. Non stop action from beginning to end with fantastic creatures such as goblins, giants and rat creatures. Hatke's illustration is always wonderful and brings this fantasy world to life. The book ends on a note that makes us think there will obviously be another sequel. I sure hope so! This is a fun series!
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  • Raina
    January 1, 1970
    Fun, solid adventure by one of the masters. Many of Hatke's books include unending surprises - new creatures, new worlds, and this had less of that then I wanted. But it was breezy, fun, loved the suspended world.
  • Jasmine
    January 1, 1970
    Well the first book was fantastic, and this was better. I love it, I want so many more books in this series. Lilly's arc was one of my fave things in books.You gots HURTS and INJURATIONS.
  • Mary Catelli
    January 1, 1970
    This and Mighty Jack are really a single story in two volumes. So spoilers ahead.Starting with the way it starts with Lily and Jack in hot pursuit of the ogre that kidnapped Maddie -- up a beanstalk.Featuring not only goblins, but giants, rats, and more. Like the reappearance of the dragon, a car in a sewer, Lily's sack of plant stuff, pipes, broken ribs, and the effects of goblin blood.It has an epilogue to hint at future story -- and, oh, yes, confirm a link to Zita the Spacegirl.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    An exciting conclusion to this modern day version of Jack and the Bean Stalk. In this volume we find Jack and Lily in the land of Giants trying to rescue Jack's little sister. Jack and Lily are separated for most of the story. Jack's story is heavy on action and sword fighting. Lily's story also has plenty of action, as well as her introduction to Goblin society and a battle against their King. There's also a setup for a future Zeta The Spacegirl crossover. Lighthearted, swashbuckling, graphic n An exciting conclusion to this modern day version of Jack and the Bean Stalk. In this volume we find Jack and Lily in the land of Giants trying to rescue Jack's little sister. Jack and Lily are separated for most of the story. Jack's story is heavy on action and sword fighting. Lily's story also has plenty of action, as well as her introduction to Goblin society and a battle against their King. There's also a setup for a future Zeta The Spacegirl crossover. Lighthearted, swashbuckling, graphic novel fun, with a hint of heart and darkness. A good recommendation for older elementary and middle school graphic novel and action fans.
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  • Faith Hough
    January 1, 1970
    The best part about having a 10-year-old daughter who reviews books for our local bookstore is the chance to read some of my favorite books before they're released. No, I mean, um, the best part is that she learns to analyze and appreciate books and write about them succinctly while gaining confidence in her skill... but also, you know, the getting to read them early part. :)A fun follow-up to the first Mighty Jack book, definitely a sequel in that it will only be understood and appreciated with The best part about having a 10-year-old daughter who reviews books for our local bookstore is the chance to read some of my favorite books before they're released. No, I mean, um, the best part is that she learns to analyze and appreciate books and write about them succinctly while gaining confidence in her skill... but also, you know, the getting to read them early part. :)A fun follow-up to the first Mighty Jack book, definitely a sequel in that it will only be understood and appreciated with knowledge of the first book. So go find that one now so you can enjoy this on September 5. :)
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  • Rose
    January 1, 1970
    Sometimes Hatke is almost too brilliant. It's a tough call, but this might be even better than the first one. He plays off of classic fairy tales and makes them totally his own in a wonderful new way.
  • Jen Petro-Roy
    January 1, 1970
    Those last few pages!!!
  • Karissa
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book in the Mighty Jack series and was an absolutely amazing read! I am a huge Hatke fan and really enjoy both the Zita the Spacegirl series and the Mighty Jack series. My 10 year old son also reads these graphic novels and they are his absolute favorite right now. This is a very fun and feel good story that’s an absolutely pleasure to read.In this book Jack and Lilly chase the ogre who kidnapped Maddy into another dimension; a sort of floating crossworlds between the worlds. This is the second book in the Mighty Jack series and was an absolutely amazing read! I am a huge Hatke fan and really enjoy both the Zita the Spacegirl series and the Mighty Jack series. My 10 year old son also reads these graphic novels and they are his absolute favorite right now. This is a very fun and feel good story that’s an absolutely pleasure to read.In this book Jack and Lilly chase the ogre who kidnapped Maddy into another dimension; a sort of floating crossworlds between the worlds. It is incredibly creative and fun to read about with lots of adventure and action.I love Hatke’s illustration; the drawing lines are fairly simple but the color is spectacular and the creativity behind the illustration is amazing. The illustration really makes the whole amazing story come alive.I also like there are some interesting topics covered in here. Of course this storyline continues with the importance of supporting and protecting family. It also covers some about struggling with finances, not taking things at face value, friendship and responsibility. There is a nice big surprise at the end of the book too, which absolutely thrilled both me and my son.Overall this was an amazing read and I loved every moment of it. This is a fantasy graphic novel that is aimed at middle grade readers but is great for readers of all ages. Everything about this graphic novel is perfect from the story to the illustration. Highly recommended.
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  • Christopher
    January 1, 1970
    More a straight-forward adventure for Jack and Lilly than the first volume. I'm more than a bit annoyed by the "captured girl to be bride to monstrous king/chief" trope. Yes Lilly is having none of it but it does leave me shaking my head asking "why is it always rape". Bad enough for Lilly to be injected with goblin blood against her will - even if it does make her more of a kick-butt fighter.Lilly is also the voice of reason in the start of the book, arguing to go back and bring in adults (mayb More a straight-forward adventure for Jack and Lilly than the first volume. I'm more than a bit annoyed by the "captured girl to be bride to monstrous king/chief" trope. Yes Lilly is having none of it but it does leave me shaking my head asking "why is it always rape". Bad enough for Lilly to be injected with goblin blood against her will - even if it does make her more of a kick-butt fighter.Lilly is also the voice of reason in the start of the book, arguing to go back and bring in adults (maybe with guns), but she also gets sucked in to the world in a way that Jack is not.Basically you end up wondering why Jack has top billing here. The first book was his story, but this one is shared between him and Lilly and her story is the dominant one.
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  • Forever Young Adult
    January 1, 1970
    Graded By: BrianCover Story: You and What Army?Drinking Buddy: All Hail Her Majesty, The King!Testosterone/Estrogen Level: She Drives a MustangTalky Talk: And They Lived Happily Ever After Until the SequelBonus Factors: Girls Kick Butt, EpilogueBromance Status: Just FriendsRead the full book report here.
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  • bjneary
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to NetGalley and First Second Books for the ARC, Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke. What a spellbinding read! Ben Hatke has done it again with a super charged graphic novel middle school and teen readers will totally enjoy. Mighty Jack and the Goblin King continues expanding the fairy tale begun in the first comic, Mighty Jack, with bright, electric illustrations crafting an action filled horror adventure story with Jack and Lilly with their swords and daring racing to save Thank you to NetGalley and First Second Books for the ARC, Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke. What a spellbinding read! Ben Hatke has done it again with a super charged graphic novel middle school and teen readers will totally enjoy. Mighty Jack and the Goblin King continues expanding the fairy tale begun in the first comic, Mighty Jack, with bright, electric illustrations crafting an action filled horror adventure story with Jack and Lilly with their swords and daring racing to save Maddy, with help from Phelix and goblins. Highly recommended for those who love fantasy, building tension, thrilling plot twists and fierce characters.
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  • Daniel Cooksey
    January 1, 1970
    The thrilling and delightful conclusion to the story started in Mighty Jack #1. This fulfilled all of the first book's promise, with more excitement and exotic situations. The little connections to Hatke's other stories made me tingle and the very end made me shout "Yes!" out loud.
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  • Darcy Roar
    January 1, 1970
    Cute stuff. A good continuation from the last book, but it feels a little rushed. I'd have liked to see them do a bit more once they went through the gate, maybe explore a little rather than running full blast through the plot. Still very fun and cute (lots of adorable goblins!) with a good core story. Hopefully we'll get more in this world!
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  • Gaby
    January 1, 1970
    I just really enjoyed everything about this series from start to finish.
  • Shazzer
    January 1, 1970
    Yes!
  • JoAnne
    January 1, 1970
    As always, we thoroughly enjoyed this Ben Hatke book! Without giving anything away, we also enjoyed seeing other beloved characters from his other books! A fun read!
  • Sean
    January 1, 1970
    I love this series! What an ending!
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