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The Mad Mask (Archvillain #2)

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THE MAD MASK is book two in critically acclaimed author Barry Lyga's Archvillain series!
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.
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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by Scholastic, Inc.
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Steven R. McEvoy
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
In the last month I have read five of Barry Lyga's novels. Each was a great read. But this is the first in a direct series. It was interesting watching the progress of Kyle's character from the first book and through to the end of this one. In this installment we find out that a third person was affected by the radiation from space that brought Mighty Mike to Earth and gave Kyle his invulnerability and his super intellect. But we also find out during the course of the story that 5 children in to ...more
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Kyle HATES Mighty Mike! Ever since Kyle (A.K.A. the Azure Avenger) got his super powers and the alien Mighty Mike showed up in the town of Bouring, Kyle has been trying to show the world that Mike is a big fake and an alien! Trying to embarrass Mighty Mike with the disappearing ”Pants Laser” was a big failure. What was Kyle going to do? The Mad Mask, a new teenage supervillain showed up and made a deal with Kyle. If Kyle helped The Mad Mask build a giant robot, Ulitron, The Mad Mask would use Ul ...more
Sep 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 31, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

When Mighty Mike the alien crash-landed on Earth, prankster, Kyle Camden was in the area and ended up absorbing super brain powers and flying abilities. Determined to prove Mighty Mike is a phony and not a good superhero, Kyle becomes a supervillain. Little beknownst to him, however, Mad Mask was also in the area and absorbed super brain powers and one ugly face. Bitter towards the world for shunning him for his disfigurement, Mad Mask shows up on Kyle’s doorstep and enlists his help with finish
Jan 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-s
First, let me say that I'm not really the comic book, superhero type so this wasn't my cup of tea. (or should I say coffee since I rarely drink tea?) However, my 12 yr old son thoroughly enjoyed this so maybe I should've let him write the review?

This is the continuation of Kyle aka the AZURE AVENGER and his efforts to defeat Mighty Mike which completely backfired in the first book, ARCHVILLAIN. As he sets out with his new plan, he's thrown a new twist when another superhero flies into town. The
Any middle grade boy readers out there? This series is for you!

Though it is not suggested that you read these out of order. The Mad Mask is the second book in the series, and there are tons of references to characters and happenings from the first book. I liked the first book, Archvillain, but unfortunately, this one didn't pack the same punch for me. It had a cute start, and I enjoyed getting back into the head of scheming and dreaming Kyle. But just after the halfway point, I quickly grew bore
Jul 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of the character development is nice, but it's not always easy to believe that a genius would be so very incapable of applying his brain to social interactions (an issue also with the first book). I wasn't entirely happy with the ending, but I still liked the book and am optimistic about the sequel adding more plot progression. And normally I hate sequels, so to say I'm enjoying this series is saying a lot. They are easy reads.

Some profanity (in the sense that I actually care about the thir
Adam Riedel
Jan 22, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book is terrible. The plot is impossible to follow and you get lost all the time. It is clearly directed for the 5th grade level. The story is overall really boring and I do not recommend this author.
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twelve-year-old Kyle teams up with Mad Mask who, claiming super brain-power and superior superpowers, wants help building Ultitron, a robot that would rid Bouring of archvillain Mighty Mike and, perhaps, Mad Mask, as well.
Moe Lopez
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was very funny and made me picture how the characters would talk or do things.This is by far the best super hero book I've read.
Oct 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The sequel to the Archvillain series was even better then the first book, which is saying a lot. This book was filled with twists and turns and had a very interesting and amusing character.
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was filled with action mystery and fun, it was amazing
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superhero
Even more fun than its predecessor, this volume ups the ante by throwing a very silly Doctor Doom parody into the mix.
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Good fast-paced adventure series, especially for reluctant readers.
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Barry Lyga is a recovering comic book geek. According to Kirkus, he's also a "YA rebel-author." Somehow, the two just don't seem to go together to him.

When he was a kid, everyone told him that comic books were garbage and would rot his brain, but he had the last laugh. Raised on a steady diet of comics, he worked in the comic book industry for ten years, but now writes full-time because, well, wou
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