Maximum Ride: The Manga, Vol. 1
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2012
Maximum Ride is an amazing manga as well as novel. I actually started out with the manga and got addicted, I spended the rest of my birthday money on the books (omg, I just figured out there's a fifth... I know where I'll be tomorrow!) and enjoyed them just as much! My only complaint is Nudge, she's eleven and has boobs the size of a twenty year old! Anyways, great writing and drawings, the drawings were VERY detailed. They also portrayed the emotions of the characters amazingly. It took me a while *coughcoughTHIRDcoughVOLUMEcoughcough* to figure out Iggy is blind, I thought they were joking around in the beginning. Yes, I am that stupid. The book has some swear words, I do not recommend this for younger kids. It has bastard and damn, stuff like that in it. It has mild, mild, mild violence. To me, at least it does. Oh, by the way, do not mistake Fang as a girl, as I did. Overall, really good book.

Wow, I babbled a lot in that review... Oh no! I caught the Nudge!!! I know, stupid pun...
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on January 6, 2012
This is not a bad manga but the story starts off with too much conflict and drama that keeps it from being one of the best mangas, with almost all the important characters and plots being revealed in the first chapters it ruins it and bring the intial excitment to a halt while they try to solve all the problem they have as people with wings on their backs.
The summary would be that a group of people who live together all have one thing in common, they have wings. Because they left "school" they are always being hunted, and throughout the first chapters they are trying to survive and meet up with each other in order to survive, the only good thing about the first voulume is the high spirit that the character eminate.
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on February 24, 2010
Well, this is the first Manga book I ever read, so I don't really have anything to compare it to. I like it. it was a fun story and the pictures made it come alive. I was disappointed when I got to the end and it wasn't the end. But I should have expected that, I guess, since it was labeled "Vol. 1." I picked it up at B&N on a gift card to go with my frappacino.
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on November 15, 2013
My Thoughts - 5 out of 5 unicorns - I loved it!!
**Checked out from the high school library

Okay this is my first time reading a graphic novel. My son reads them all the time. We have a book club at the high school I work at, and this month’s theme is to read something you usually wouldn’t read; I picked to try a graphic novel. My boys (my son and all the boys I teach) are always reading graphic novels because you know boys must have pictures…lol

Okay differences I notice between a graphic novel and a book are that you only get bits of the characters compared to a book. It is totally like snap shots of a book in other words it is sort of like a movie that doesn’t move. It is nice to know what the author envisions for character looks :) While I love seeing the visuals while I’m reading, I also love to use my imagination, so I am torn. Oh another bonus, it doesn’t take long to read a graphic novel compared to a book which is cool :)

Okay the story is very intriguing, and I really like Max and her family especially because I think it would rock to be able to fly :) Max is fierce which makes her an awesome heroine; she fights for what she believes in. The bad part is I can’t figure out what to say about the story where it won’t give something away and ruin it for you. I will say this though :) I’m going to continue reading this series in graphic novels, and then I’m going to go read the book version because I think it is going to be awesome too. Also my son does love this series and plans to read it tomorrow now that I have finished it.

I recommend graphic novels for all your reluctant readers and your kids who are very visual. I also think they are a great break in between books or filler when you don’t have time to read a full novel.
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on November 24, 2009
Maximum "Max" Ride and her "Flock" of five friends are ordinary young people--with one important exception: They have wings. Unfortunately, although they are capable of flying free high up in the air, they live in fear of being taken against their will back into bondage, back to the sinister lab known euphemistically as the "School," the place where they were permanently altered into their current mutant forms.

Still, they have survived on the proverbial outside for four years now, at first under the care and guidance of Jeb Batchelder, a scientist who helped them escape from the lab, and now under Max's protective wing. Unfortunately, even she is not able to keep them safe forever, and goons from the school overpower them and kidnap their youngest, the innocent Angel. With their safe haven no longer safe, the Flock takes to the skies after the bad guys. They will get Angel back...if it's the last thing they ever do. Too bad it might indeed well be the last thing they ever do!

This volume of the Maximum Ride: The Manga is adapted from James Patterson's young adult novel The Angel Experiment, the first of an ongoing series starring Max and her friends. It follows the original overarching plot closely, though much detail has been omitted. Even so, it is relatively easy to follow the manga's story, even as a newcomer to the franchise. The premise and large cast of characters are introduced in a readily comprehensible fashion, generally speaking, if not the most dynamic or exciting one.

Korean comic book artist NaRae Lee was specifically recruited by Yen Press to do the Maximum Ride manga, and she is a solid choice for attracting the attention of teenage and female readers. Her illustrations are polished and professional, and she draws in a style that is heavily influenced by Korean sunjeong manhwa, which is in turn heavily influenced by Japanese shoujo manga. Lee's main weakness is her action sequences, which are a bit heavy-handed and clumsy. The character designs of the members of the Flock are most reminiscent of those drawn by Su-yeon Won (Let Dai) or Yoko Kamio (Boys over Flowers), especially in the shape of the eyes. There are definitely some American influences as well, though. Ari, for example, looks like a steroidal, mutant wolf-man cut and pasted straight out of an X-Men comic, and the assertiveness of her lines seems to take into consideration the manga's American audience.

Maximum Ride: The Manga is a strong so-called global manga production that simultaneously capitalizes upon a popular franchise and potentially extends its reach to a new, manga-reading demographic. Though not necessarily revelatory, the multinational production is entirely convincing and of much higher quality than similar endeavors from other publishers. Plus, with eight color pages, excellent paper quality, and a larger than average trim size, the volume will look quite well placed on the manga shelves of bookstores. The $10.99 price point is also very competitive. This is a manga that boasts unexpected pleasures, and even fans who would otherwise be tempted to be dismissive ought to give it a chance.

-- Casey Brienza
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on February 13, 2009
My daughter, Erin, snagged this off the manga shelf at Barnes and Noble the other day and immediately gave me the puppy-dog look. "Can I please have this?"

Yeah. Right. Like I was going to say, "No."

The thing is, what Erin had keyed in to was direct evidence that not everyone making money decisions in traditional publishing is nominally brain-dead. Maximum Ride is actually a manga adaptation of a YA novel of the same name written by James Patterson. Manga, for those who have been hiding under bibliographic rocks for a while, is an incredibly popular media, especially with the younger age groups. The market probably does more damage to wallets in an ongoing basis that most of the rest of book publishing combined.

Thus, the decision by the publisher of the original (and already successful) Maximum Ride to contract for a manga version is actually a really clever marketing move. Not only do they open another revenue stream with a popular age group and media, but they also backfill sales of their novels and all the novel sequels by people who read the first manga, realize that there's a novel, and have to grab the novel to find out what's next.

Evil, evil publishing market geniuses. Fortunately for my wallet (and unfortunately for my writing career) they're an endangered species.

The Maximum Ride manga itself is an entertaining read. The art by Korean manwa NaRae Lee is top-notch although someone needs to buy that woman a plane ticket to the USA for field research. The story focuses on a group of teens and children who have been created through transhumanist genetic experiments at a DUM-DUM-DUM evil and secret laboratory for reasons unknown (yeah, like no one's every used that plot-device before.) The story begins at a point two years or so after the kids were extracted from the lab by their (now missing) benefactor and hidden away (they think) in the unnamed and unlocated wilds of the western US.

Okay, so the setup is a bit hokey. You can say that about a lot of fiction, frankly. In this case, though, the characters are likable if extremely clueless (which may be in keeping with their sheltered upbringing, given the benefit of the doubt.) Another key point is that the story is action-action-action for the most part, which is well in keeping with entertaining the targeted YA market.

Frankly, from a manga standpoint, Maximum Ride is a good, entertaining book for its target audience. If it relies a bit too much on overused tropes, eh. That's normal for manga. The entire media is based on reusing clichés. There's also some pretty glaring plot issues, but I doubt they'd really slow down a younger reader. How this reflects on the novel, I can't really say. I do plan on reading it, though. I'm really curious about how the graphic novel version compares to the prose.

In any case, I now understand what drew Erin into the series from a distant standpoint. Thank goodness she already collected the novels with her own money.

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on April 28, 2010
Max is at it again. The bird kids get into and out of constant trouble. Not sure how they survive. Book keeps you interested in the characters and the story. Well worth you time and money.
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on May 30, 2015
My sister and I were fans of the original Maximum Ride novel series by James Patterson. As an artist and a comic book/manga lover, I became very interested when was first announced. The book is drawn by Narae Lee and it's very thick but the content itself is easy to read and covers about 3/4 of the original novel.

What I loved most about this manga is Narae Lee's artwork. She wonderfully brought Max and the Flock to life in illustrated form and gave a fresh perspective on the stories, adding new expressions that the written words couldn't show. Even if you haven't read the original novels, this volume (and the rest of the series I'm sure) is worth buying just for the artwork. Narae's style seems to fit the shoujo (girly) genre at first, with all the big expressive eyes, sparkles and beautiful hair, but she shows that she can deliver intense action scenes and bloodied faces when needed. For an Original English Language manga, this is beautifully drawn and delightful to read. I plan to collect the rest of the series and hope Narae draws more comics.
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on June 9, 2010
I love the art work and I liked the story line. Of course I had already bought the non-manga version and enjoyed it.
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on November 8, 2011
For those of you who are to lazy to read a hefty series of books like the maximum ride novel's but want to see the great story this manga adaptation is perfect for you. I was surprised to see some of the lines from the book's implemented into the manga. While the action sequences can sometimes be hard to follow you'll actually find yourself laughing at the characters. This is one of those rare comedic manga that is actually pretty funny. The characters weren't exactly as I interpreted them (FANG,IGGY) they still felt like they had their same personalities. Overall I fell the book's are better but this is still a overall a good manga that will have me patiently waiting for the next volume. Whether or not this is your first time reading the Maximum Ride series this is definitely worth your money.
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