on July 23, 2009
Flight is always a pleasure to read. Storyboard and advertising artists rarely have the opporutnity to display their sequential storytelling talents in print.
Volume Six is not the best collection of tales, and as any anthology goes, good will outweigh the bad. The 'bad' this time around is a couple of tales that really seem too long and from my pov, it is Walter and The Saga of Rex. Walter travels aimlessly on, and Rex is probably four or five pages toolong.
However, there are some jewels here. Cooking Duel is spectacular. Who knew that QUiche could be exciting? The Exceedingly Mundane Life of Kenneth Shui is a riot. Ninja school? Career opporutnity? Gotta love the slash fest to determine the janitor. Dead At Noon is a non conventional look at High Noon with a broken clock. Remind me not to look for dead bunnies too. I am surprised at the parablistic nature of the story. It truly resembles the scripture that describes the body of Christ.
Look for all six volumes of this great series. Where do we sign up?
on September 14, 2013
Flight Volume Six starts off with another of Michel Gagne's The Saga of Rex stories, this one called "soulmates", where our starfox Rex and his lovely mystical starfoxette explore weird transformation and astral voyaging through mystic alien orbs and altars and who knows what all else. There's crazy stuff that Rex is a witness to that seems to be a part of his spouse's world, and all sorts of magic gook going on, before the pair voyages with all sorts of other beastie pairs to an earth-like planet, where they experience the change of the seasons and welcome a companion fox. The story ends abruptly (are there missing pages here?). Next up is a splendid episode of "The Excitingly Mundane Life of Kenneth Shuri". Ken is a ninja, but he's out of work, and his wife is sick of supporting him and the two kids on a librarian's salary. The ending shows the world's coolest cartoon ninja group duel-to-the-death. Fantastic scripting, and very cool felt tip marker art. Love it!! Fantastic how author and artist JP Ahonen pulls this off!! "Phantom, a Daisy Kutter adventure, is a cool tale of the wild west, and Daisy Kutter is a female detective who looks like a lost character from a Lupin Sansei episode. She drifts into a town where the sheriff is having trouble with a ghoul. She wanders a haunted house with her six-shooters, encountering a robot ghoul and the ghosts of his victims, finishing it off neatly, before moving on. Atmospheric as hell, and a job well done. Probably Kazu Kibuishi's best tale so far. "Magnus The Misfit" is a funny and stylish tale of a goofy Viking who survives a voyage to the new world by being goofy and stylish. Very nice. "Dead At Noon" is a wordless high noon tale of a drunk farmhand confronting the landowner who done his woman wrong. Each panel is lovingly drawn and supremely expressive. It's like the first 10 minutes of The Good, The Bad And The Ugly, where also not a word is spoken - nor does any need to be. Supreme. "Epitaph" is a cool tale of two men and a robot crossing the desert. Short, sweet and stylish. "Walters" is a strange, painterly, wordless episode about a sensitive young man who remembers his youth, remembers seeing an angel, and tries to recapture the moment by floating away on helium balloons. A hard tale to follow, but beautiful nonetheless, and very rich in fantasy and motion. "Mate" is a stylish, wordless tale of birds who become bunnies overnight through some strange construction/deconstruction process. Amazing. "Kidnapped" by Rad Sechrist is a cool, colourful tale of samurais, kidnapping, winter swordsplay, blood on snow, and all sorts of other groovy stuff. "Cooking Duel" is a silly tale of who can make the better mushroom quiche, a guy or his girlfriend. Big deal. "Dead Bunny" is a sort of "Are You My Mother" about a zombie rabbit in search of its true love before its heart gives out. Sorry, this one's not a winner, nor is "The Zs and the Attack of the Early Bird", which is a Calvin and Hobbes ripoff that is too dumb to describe, suffice it involves a young boy on the eve of a fishing trip, his talking teddy bear, an all-nighter, the Early Bird and a pit full of night-crawlers. At least the Jellaby episode, "Hide And Seek", is charming and fun. "Fish 'n' Chips" is a dumb superhero adventure starring a goldfish (in a bowl, but with a cyborg body to make it mobile on land) and a lame cat hero of some sort, fighting the Holo-Clam fishbowl-tank and his attack dog and killer crab. Yawwwnnnn... The final tale, "Long Winded", about a young raccoon-girl asking her grandfather what makes the wind go, is a charmer with a lot of life to it.