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The Return of Zita the Spacegirl

(Zita the Spacegirl #3)

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  6,399 ratings  ·  409 reviews
Zita the Spacegirl has saved planets, battled monsters, and wrestled with interplanetary fame. But she faces her biggest challenge yet in the third and final installment of the Zita adventures. Wrongfully imprisoned on a penitentiary planet, Zita has to plot the galaxy's greatest jailbreak before the evil prison warden can execute his plan of interstellar domination!
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 13th 2014 by First Second
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Wonderful end to an amazing trilogy. I highly recommend these books.
Schizanthus Nerd
What a fun way to round out the trilogy! After the huge Legends of Zita the Spacegirl cliffhanger I’ve been keen to know where we’d find Zita at the beginning of this story. Zita is on trial in the Court of Dungeon World, facing a slew of trumped up charges; her heroics in the first two graphic novels twisted into crimes. Poor Mouse appears at her kangaroo court and, shackled in a way that brought to mind Hannibal Lector, he’s been sentenced to death! But wait! Who or what is that mysterious cr ...more
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Jun 09, 2014 marked it as first-second-publications  ·  review of another edition
This is the last volume of Ben Hatke's Zita the Spacegirl trilogy.

People keep coming to ask us if there are going to be more. 'Zita is so awesome!' they say. 'That means there must be more books!'

We agree that Zita is awesome! And this book certainly does end on an . . . interesting note.

But right now, there are not any plans for future Zita volumes. We have an amazing picture book coming out from Ben in the fall -- it's called _Julia's House for Lost Creatures_ -- and another graphic novel for
Jun 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
THE RETURN OF ZITA THE SPACEGIRL is the third and final Zita graphic novel (for now). Zita has saved many people and multiple worlds since leaving Earth to rescue her classmate Joseph. She's also made enemies, which has led to her being thrown into a terrible underground prison.

The Zita series is extremely popular for a good reason. The books have a lot of sci-fi action, colorful and creative character design, and an intrepid heroine determined to save the day. I really enjoyed how THE RETURN OF
Zita's origin story comes to an end with this volume, though there's plenty of room for further adventures.

As with the other two, this book is full of well-rounded characters, intergalactic adventures, real-life emotions surrounding not-real-life conundrums, and wonderful creatures on every page.

It's the ending that particularly charmed me, making me say, "Good for you, girl. Take charge of your own destiny!" It's pretty empowering and I wish I'd have had this in my hands when I was 8-years-old.
Possibly my favorite so far!! This was an amazing story and I can’t wait to see what Zita and (view spoiler) get up to!! This group of survivors and friends keeps growing and getting better and better.

I’m such a big fan!! Ben Hatke is a genius.
Nicola Mansfield
Excellent. All the characters from the first two books return in this book that brings elements from the previous stories together into a new book that has Zita saving the planet Earth. While all three books can be read as stand-alones, this one does a fine job of tying the books together and creating a trilogy with a plot that increases and culminates in this book. However we are not left at the end here and the last few pages set the stage for more Zita adventures. The creativity and imaginati ...more
Steph Sinclair
This has to be the CUTEST graphic novel series I’ve ever read. My kids and I love it so hard. The best part is that it’s a perfect graphic novel for my young kids (3 and 6) to understand and enjoy. It’s also great for me to do lots of voices to entertain them. I love the fact that it’s a sci-fi story for kids that features a female heroine. That doesn’t happen often enough! Zita is brave and a good friend. Though she has her moments of insecurity and bad decisions, she doesn’t give up easily. Al ...more
Zita's back, hooray!! I just love Ben Hatke's characters. There are some delightful new ones in here, and of course all of our old favorites. He is SO GOOD at comic action -- every frame is filled with color and movement and excitement, and you just cannot put down the story and leave it. Well done, as always.

I did think the ending was a liiittle abrupt. I hope that it also means that this isn't the last we're seeing of Zita, though :)
Jan 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Gah, I really love this little superhero. The world Hatke has created throughout this series is filled with all sorts of adorable aliens, quirky robots, and very loyal friends. Fingers crossed that Zita and her comrades have another adventure sometime soon!

"I went coast to coast, and from star to star
that's how you learn, just who you are"
Nov 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphicnovel, j
I love this series so much - it raises the bar for kids comics. Still pretty heartbroken he's stopping at three with Zita.
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Zita has been captured and is facing the consequences of her crime, as well as some trumped up charges that suit the Dungeon Lord's purpose of keeping her locked up. However, Zita is far from beaten. She refuses to give into Dungeon Lord and when a mysterious "ghost" tries to help her, but demands she not stop to help others she refuses him too. Zita is determined to save Mouse and help the people of Dungeon World! Fortunately, she has outside help on their way as even Spacegirl heroes need a li ...more
Jackie B. - Death by Tsundoku
Sadly, the tales of Zita's adventures in space have come to a close. The final book in a beautiful graphic novel trilogy, The Return of Zita the Sapcegirl picks up where the last book left off. We find Zita trapped in an asteroid prison because all the good she did as Zita the Spacegirl had some repercussions that might not have been all good. Awaiting trial for her crimes of goodness, Zita and her pals learn that the prison warden is planning to dominate the galaxy-- starting with Earth!

The thi
Definitely just cried at the end of Zita.
Bruce Gargoyle
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Zita is held prisoner by a despotic ruler who wants to use her portal button to take over Earth. Aided by a skeleton, a pile of rags and a friend from the past, Zita tries to overcome the ruler's evil plans.

You may have picked up that I skipped book two in the series, Legends of Zita the Spacegirl, because the library didn't have it (boo!). This wasn't too much of a drama because the opening scenes cleverly work some of the key points from books one and two into the dialogue
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish there were twelve more, but also it was so perfect the way it was.
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars. Other than a weirdly gendered comment in the middle about a boy not understanding women, I loved this a whole lot.
Raven Black
Similar to rest. Read all to find start to finish of Zitas story. Then read Might Jack's stories.
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Absorbing science fiction adventure in graphic novel format.
Matthew Connell
Jun 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was gonna give this five stars, but I think the twist at the end robs it of some of its power. Still, it's another great book with the characters, art, and dialogue I expected and appreciate. Can't wait for the next one.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How do they just keep getting better. So much fun.
Ms. Ahart
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best graphic novels for kids I've read in a long time... I would read 100 volumes of this just for the creatures.
Wow, wow, wow, and more wow! What a fantastic volume this was, even better than all the others before it. And then that ending! <3

I will first talk about the stuff that is spoiler-free, after that I will review the rest in spoiler tags, as that is needed. I don't want to spoil the epic stuff in this book. So, be warned, read the spoilers at your own risk! They are big spoilers, but I need to review the book, and thus some things will have to be spoiler tagged.

First up, Zita. Ah, I loved her in t
A great finale and an all too short trilogy. I wish we could see more of Zita and Joseph and all Zita's friends! The ending made me smile!
On another episode of Zita the Spacegirl, we discover that Zita is in prison in a planet that is difficult for anyone to locate her. It has been rumored this prison planet existed but never discovered. Zita is guilty on all charges from stealing the space ship and luckily this masked hero helps her almost escape. While she was almost out of prison, she discovers there is a creature that is supposed to be floating in space and instead is chained up and its power is being drained. She wants to hel ...more
Stuff I Read - The Return of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke Review

I should say that I have not read the earlier Zita books, and that well could have affected my enjoyment of this, the third book in the series. Judging this volume completely on its own, though, and I found that it was a fun and charming read, a light story with some heavier and darker elements and enough plot twists and interesting characters to keep things moving along nicely. The action was solid, the plot complex enough while
Cozy ending that kind of promise a continuation!
Thanks NetGalley for the read!

I thought the spatial art for this volume was done beautifully. I’ve loved Zita from the very beginning as this spunky heroine adjusts quickly to space life and decides to help others and make friends. Showing the sparse bleak landscape of this dungeon world fit beautifully into Zita trying to escape (and not lose hope) in her biggest challenge, yet. The secondary characters that she meets are HILARIOUS!~ Hatke takes the usual trope of prison scenery and turns a “d
Dec 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels, arc
My eight year old daughter and I are both huge Zita fans, so we were very excited to get an arc of this third installment in the saga. We were not disappointed - The Return of Zita is arguably the best the series and develops the story with new depth while tying up all the plot threads. All the elements that made the first two books so entertaining are still here - the satire, appealing characters and wonderful melange of alien species, worlds and gadgets (I have been using doorpaste as a plot d ...more
Although I still really enjoyed this third Zita volume, especially because Ben Hatke's art just continues to improve, it came to my attention that Zita isn't very developed or unique as a protagonist. While I'm thrilled that she's a cool girl who goes on adventures, I realized that, in many ways, she's the bland main character you see in shonen manga (think Naruto, or Goku): good-hearted, persistent, loyal and impulsive, but not particularly clever, whose real "magic" power is her ability to mak ...more
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Ben Hatke is an author and illustrator of graphic novels and picture books. Most notably he is the creator of the Zita the Spacegirl graphic novel series.

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