Kazu Kibuishi – Flight, Vols. 7 & 8
Length: 288 & 284 pages
Genre: Fantasy / Sci-Fi Comics Anthology
Started / Finished: 06 February & 09 February 2012
Where did they come from? The library.
Why do I have them? Needed some graphic novel distraction.
Summary: Flight is a series of comics anthologies that feature short pieces, on a variety of subjects but mostly all in the fantasy / sci-fi realm, from a variety of young graphic novel creators. Stories in Volume 7 include the last/first part of Michael Gagne’s The Story of Rex, another of JP Ahonen’s “Kenneth Shuri, Modern Ninja” stories, a Kazu Kibuishi story featuring the courier, as well as a number of one-off stories featuring everything from monsters to motorbike races, soldiers to sandwiches, fairy markets to forest spirits. Volume 8 involves flying shoes, imaginary friends, lonely robots, cursed fountains, reluctant ninjas, and endless labyrinths.
Review: Both of these volumes were solidly enjoyable, with lots of good-to-very-good stories, but nothing that really blew me out of the water. My favorites in Volume 7 were “Premium Cargo” by Kostas Kiriakakis, about an airship captain who has been tasked to deliver a very special child, and “Sentinels” by Jason Caffoe, a short piece that manages to effectively capture the terrors and the wonders of the power that dwells in the woods. There was also some lovely artwork in some of the stories in this volume, particularly Justin Gerard’s “Live Bait”, a story of some rodents and a horrible creature that has taken up residence deep in the swamp, and Cory Godbey’s “Onere and Piccola”, an Orpheus-like creation myth. Favorites from Volume 8 were Kostas Kirikakis’s “Encore”, which was thematically similar to “Precious Cargo”, but which features a chance meeting with an out-of-work circus performer, Cory Godbey’s “The Clockmaker’s Daughter”, which had the same lovely painting style of “Onere and Piccola”, and Matthew S. Armstrong’s “Periwinkle in Try, Try Again”, which features possibly the world’s cutest penguin who just wants to fly. 4 out of 5 stars.
Recommendation: The Flight collections are an amazing outpouring of creativity, and well worth picking up whether you’re just getting into graphic novels, or if you’re an established comics reader who wants a sampling of what’s out there.
Other Reviews: 1330v (Vol. 7)
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