Mighty Skullboy Army Volume 2

The Mighty Skullboy Army Vol. 2The Mighty Skullboy Army Volume 2
By: Jacob Chabot
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Format: Softcover, 6 x 9, full color, $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-59582-872-9

I really like Skullboy and his comics. It's probably because I wish I were smart enough to write them. Skullboy is an elementary aged businessman. He is also an evil genius, and he needs some help to carry out all of his clever ideas. Enter the Mighty Skullboy Army. But this isn't just any army. Consisting of two key henchman, an ironically logical robot referred to as "Unit 1" and an intelligent monkey referred to as "Unit 2," the Mighty Skullboy Army is actually pretty efficient. Literally, that is.

It depends on how you define "efficient." Laugh out loud and extremely logically inept Unit 1 often literally confuses Skullboy's figurative directions. And Unit 2, well, he’s usually playing a video game while he listens to Unit 1’s explanation of Skullboy's to-do list. Needless to say, these henchmen may set out to accomplish Skullboy's tasks, but their doing so is really where most of the fun begins.  

When not interpreting Skullboy's directions, however, Units 1 and 2 can indeed prove helpful. Like the time when Skullboy creates a time machine and gets into a matter of interpretative nuance about the success of Skull Co. in the future. While his future self thinks that things are going swimmingly despite the dilapidated condition of Skull Co. and its lack of production, the elementary-aged Skullboy is enraged. In a hilarious and ironic argument with himself Unit 1 and Unit 2 actually come out on top of this one, convincing the younger and the future Skullboys that it probably wouldn't be a good idea to destroy themselves. After all, if they destroy each other who will guide Skull Co.'s evil doings both in the present and in the future?

Language Arts Elements of Story

Plot: Run by the self-deemed evil-genius Skullboy, Skull Co.'s corporate mission is to promote and implement Skullboy's evil plans.     

Setting: Skull Co., the school, the city, the park, the bank, the present, the future

Major Characters: Skullboy (present and future), Unit 1 and Unit 2, the police

Themes: Good and Evil, Friendship, Loyalty, Literal and Figurative, Present and Future

Traditional Literature Pairing Suggestions: Bone by Jeff Smith, Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi, Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, Great Expectations or A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Holes by Louis Sachar

Some Teaching Recommendations For Middle Level Readers

Suggested Alignment to the IRA /NCTE Standard(s):*
- standard #s correspond to the numbers used by IRA/NCTE

1. Students read a wide range of print and nonprint texts to build an understanding of texts, of themselves, and of the cultures of the United States and the world; to acquire new information; to respond to the needs and demands of society and the workplace; and for personal fulfillment.  Among these texts are fiction and nonfiction, classic and contemporary works.  

2. Students read a wide range of literature from many periods in many genres to build an understanding of the many dimensions (e.g., philosophical, ethical, aesthetic) of human experience.

3. Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate and appreciate texts.

4. Students employ a wide range of strategies as they write and use different writing process elements appropriately to communicate with different audiences for a variety of purposes.

Suggested Reading Lesson Plan for Middle Level Teachers and Librarians:

Directions: Ask students to look at the graphic organizer below and keep a detailed running record of the various elements of story as they read through each set of Skullboy comic adventures.  






Your Response to the Comic


Comic Set 1, pages 8 – 24








Comic Set 2, Pages 25 – 42








Comic Set 3, Pages 43 - 60








Comic Set 4, Pages 61 – 86








Comic Set 5, Pages 87 – 104








Comic Set 6, Pages 105 – 128








Comic Set 7, Pages 129 – 143










Katie Monnin, PhD, is an assistant professor of literacy at the University of North Florida and author of Teaching Graphic Novels: Practical Strategies for the Secondary ELA Classroom (2010) from Maupin House. To learn more about Teaching Graphic Novels or Katie Monnin, please go to this link: http://www.maupinhouse.com/monnin.php.