Missile Mouse may be a secret agent for the Galactic Security Agency, but that doesn’t mean that he always follows the rules, which can cause problems. When yet another job goes wrong and he finds himself in trouble with the GSA again, he’s stuck with a new partner and a dangerous mission to save the entire universe from the Rogue Imperium of Planets. But is Missile Mouse’s cocky attitude going to land him in hot water like always or can he find the strength to do the job that needs doing?
Parker’s science fiction/adventure story is made up of all the elements that science fiction fans will recognize from television and movies like Star Trek, Babylon 5, Star Wars, and Firefly–and that is exactly what makes it so strong. Parker obviously knows his science fiction, so when he takes those iconic elements and combines them in his story, he comes up with something that both hearkens back to science fiction classics and is also fresh and new. The only weak spot is that the obvious betrayal is a little too obvious, but I’m saying that as an adult who has read and watched a lot of science fiction. Children reading this might not see the betrayal coming, but even if they do, that obviousness is only a minor quibble in an otherwise fine story.
Much of what makes the story work is Missile Mouse himself….
Missile Mouse: The Star Crusher
ISBN: 978-0-545-11714-2 (hbk); ISBN: 978-0-545-11715-9 (pbk)
Scholastic Graphix, January 2010