Flight Volume 5
Villard, 2008 (2008)
Reviewed by Lance Victor Eaton
ith four previous successful and praiseworthy books in the anthology series, it is no wonder that
Volume Five would find its way into readers' willing hands. With dazzling and diverse digital art coupled with fantastical and whimsical tales, this series has done exceedingly well at seducing a large range of readers from young to old, from avid comic fan to neophyte.
his collection lives up to the standard of previous editions with an interesting mix of new stories and those that build off previous pieces in the series. For instance, the opening story,
The Broken Path
by Michael Gagne is part of the serial named
The Saga of Rex
. This series follows the exploits of a Rex (a fox-like creature) as he explores the mysteries of a strange magical universe. Aside from the colorful creatures and places that are present throughout this story,
The Saga of Rex
is told solely through panels; no words are present and yet readers young and old can follow this beautiful and complex tale.
ontrast also plays a pivotal role. For instance, to follow up Reagan Lodge's
(mixing samurais, scientific monstrosities, and sweet yams), Kibuishi chose
by Richard Pose. This is about the destruction of a young boy's admiration for his baseball idol. After his idol humiliates him, the boy finds new inspiration from a quiet and lesser known Cuban baseball player who challenges the arrogant ballplayer. Such different stories, yet both offer hope and pleasure in reading. Also of note is the artistic contrast of Joey Weiser's iconic and cartoonish
, followed by the beautiful painting-like stills of Kness and Made's
espite being digitally created, some stories still appear artistically derived from more famous artists. JP Ahonen's
seems to draw some of its style from Robert Crum, while the previously mentioned
invokes Frank Miller's sometimes chaotic and hectic panels. Undoubtedly, as many have remarked about previous volumes, this is a beautiful anthology. Eyes could skim the text and just marvel from page to page about the artwork with its vibrant and intermingling colors.
f a fault can be found, it's in the lack of introduction, either to the anthology as a whole or to specific stories. This isn't necessary in the initial reading, but readers would find it interesting to get a larger perspective on the work and its origin. However, this is a small issue to consider, given the power and delight in the rest of this volume.
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