Title: The Last LaughHardy Boys Casefiles #42 - The Last Laugh
Author: Franklin W. Dixon
Pages: 155
Reading Level: 8-12
Star Rating: ★★

How many of these Casefiles ARE there?!?

The Story.

The Hardy boys – along with their friend, Chet Morton – are vacationing in San Diego when it happens. Barry Johns, the founder of Zenith Comics, is kidnapped before the eyes of hundreds while he speaks at San Diego’s Comic Con! But that’s not the most bizarre part – he was kidnapped by the supervillains of his rival’s franchise!

Joe and Frank Hardy are used to taking on human villains, but can they hold out against flame-throwing, whip-wielding supervillains?

Discussion.

No, the villains don’t turn out to actually have super powers – instead, they are men who have taken advantage of some high-tech film equipment to give them the appearance of having super powers. However, this doesn’t stop them from staging several unbelievable stunts and causing many people to wonder if they are indeed the villains they are pretending to be.

When they are heading to the Comic Con, Joe initially complains that they aren’t headed to the sunny beaches and girls of California. He changes his tune when he sees a group of girls heading for the Convention. He doesn’t try to make any moves on them, though, and no further mention is made of girls until the last page where Frank marvels that Joe is reading a comic book rather than “watching the many bikini-clad lovelies around him”. [pg. 155]

Conclusion. So-so: if I were more of a comic book fan, I would have enjoyed this more.

Review © 2014 Laura Verret

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