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The Journal of the Lincoln Heights Literary Society
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10/20/2008 Archived Entry: "Comic Book Review: Air vol. 1"

Air vol. 1
Story by: G. Willow Wilson
Art by: M.K. Perker
Published by the Vertigo Comics Imprint of DC Comics.

Review by Kris

Blythe is a flight attendant for Clearfleet Airlines. She also suffers from acrophobia. Not a good mix, right? On many of her flights she runs into to a man who seems to have many different personas (this time around he seems Arabic/Middle Eastern/Pakistani). Another man approaches her and offers his help. He is a member of a group called the Etesian Front. It's a group that formed to try and stop "terrorists" on their turf. It seems that this group has grand designs. They ask Blythe to deliver a briefcase to a contact in Amsterdam. Zayn, the man with the many personas works for some unknown group. He has Blythe check the contents of the briefcase. She is staring at plane hijacking instructions. She tries to get away from the Etesian Front guys. Unfortunately, she and Zayn get caught and get dragged onto one of Clearfleet's planes and are held hostage.

When it comes to comic books, my experience is very limited. I only started reading manga earlier this year. My only experience is with manga, not American comics. Air vol. 1 sounded like it had an intriguing plot, but when I opened it up I found myself not really being impressed. The art is lackluster and I found the characters not at all attractive, even when they were supposed to be. The story was predictable. I found myself bored. I really wanted to like it, but I just felt, well… blah. It is a longer series and maybe it'll get better with time.

The only thing positive I can say is it's all in color. Because I read a lot of manga, it is presented in black and white. You very rarely get colored pages. At least in American comics they're all in color.

I'm not saying whether I recommend this title or not. I'm going to leave it up to you to decide. But you can't blame me if you don't like it, but be nice to me if you read it and you like it!

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