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Ben 10 Returns: Ben 10 Alien Force    by Cartoon Network order for
Ben 10 Returns
by Cartoon Network
Order:  USA  Can
Del Rey, 2008 (2008)
* *   Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto

Ben 10 Alien Force is Cartoon Network and Del Rey's latest graphic novel series featuring current kids' cartoon favorites. Ben 10 Returns is an easy read that reluctant younger readers will be able to get into easily, if they are fans of the show.

Ben Tennyson has put away the Omnitrix and has been living as a normal teenager for a few years. However, when his grandfather (former Plumber Max Tennyson) disappears leaving a somewhat cryptic message for Ben, Ben knows it is time to put the Omnitrix back on to save his grandfather and rid the world of evil aliens. This is a big task which he cannot do alone, so he is going to need the help of his cousin Gwen, an alien Plumber, and even his old nemesis, Kevin Levin.

Ben 10 Returns is a fun story with a well-written plot. However, the graphic novel goes astray a little from its purpose with the unneeded narration that accompanies a lot of the panels, simply saying what the stills are showing. These take away from the flow, causing the fast-paced dialogue and strict action scenes to become bogged down with stops for unnecessary words. The cliffhanger, though, will keep young fans eager for future installments in the Ben 10 Alien Force series.

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