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01/23/2005 Archived Entry: "Graphic novel review: Flight, volume 1"

Flight, Volume One
Edited by Kazu Kibuishi
Publisher: Image Comics

Review by Tom Good

"I believed, deep in my heart of hearts, that one day I'd find a genie lamp in a desert - and wish to fly, first thing." (from I Wish by Vera Brosgol)

Have you ever noticed how few out-of-body experiences seem to involve burrowing into the earth? On the other hand, dreams about flying feel inspirational and uplifting. Notice that word: uplifting. Our language encodes our desire for flight into that word, as well as in expressions like "flying high," "walking on air," "on cloud nine," and many others. Why is "earthbound" a disparaging term? What is it about flight that we find so inspiring?

Flight, Vol. 1, a collection of comics by twenty different artists, explores the literal and metaphorical aspects of flight. Flying squirrels take to the sky here, but so do whales, pigs, and penguins. Zeppelins, biplanes, circus performers, and winged girls also appear in these twenty-four stories. There are even a few actual birds.

Most of the artists featured here have web comics or some form of web presence, and the full list of links can be found in the sidebar at Flight's main page. One of my favorite stories was Deep Blue by Phil Craven, a tale of a "flying" penguin, which has an online preview. I also really enjoyed the boy-and-his-dog adventures of Copper, and after reading the two episodes in Flight I found more available on the web.

Though it may have roots online, Flight succeeds as a printed book, with beautiful colors on high-quality glossy paper. The stories and art have enough variety to offer something for everyone, so I would recommend it to all comics fans. I am looking forward to Volume 2.

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