3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 16, 2011
A team of all-star writers provide the frame work for this modern fantasy masterpiece. Bill Willingham, Alisa Kwitney, Todd Mitchell, Louise Hawes and Holly Black spin a tale that is gripping, wild and poignant. Simply: this is fantasy at its best.
The star shining brightest here, though, is Rebecca Guay. Her lavish illustrations weave the different points of view into a seamless, singular journey. The art will will take your breath away as easily as it transports you into a world of angels.
Profoundly moving, this is a graphic novel that should not be missed.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2011
I flew through this book only to go right back again and really take my time with the larger illustrations. The images were full of story telling details that wound the short stories wonderfully within the larger tale. Full of twists and beauty, well bound and well designed, made my morning better than strong coffee.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2012
Every once in a while a graphic novel comes along that steals the show on whatever it's competing with on the shelf or display or endcap; A Flight of Angels is one of those books. The cover catches the eye with its color, complexity and style, right away piquing one's interest, and then known names like Bill Willingham and Holly Black force the curious reader to pick it up and start reading.
Talented artist Rebecca Guay is known for illustrating fantasy and children's books, including stories by the likes of Ursula K. LeGuin, Bruce Coville and Jane Yolen; and most recently The Last Dragon graphic novel with Jane Yolen. Guay conceived and illustrates A Flight of Angels which explores the fantasy concept of angels and how they've interacted with humanity. In the framing story, written by Holly Black, a number of fairy characters find the body of an angel who has yet to return to consciousness, and they mull over whether to let him live or die. It's a great setup for some great storytelling, as each character tells a tale they have learned about angels, and whether they are to be feared or respected. A Flight of Angels features stories penned by the likes of Bill Willingham, Alisa Kwitney, Louise Hawes, and Todd Mitchell.
What is most surprising and mesmerizing about this book is that even though it's illustrated by one artist, each story feels like it is done by its own unique artist, with its own special distinctive style. The stories are compelling, and overall the book has a feel of a moving fairytale fantasy, akin to Neil Gaiman's graphic novel works in faerie. It is a delight to read and enjoy, and will be appreciated by anyone caught up by its distinctive cover.
Originally written on January 1, 2012 ©Alex C. Telander.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 19, 2012
A Flight of Angels by Rebecca Guay was a fun read that I quite enjoyed. Once I got a sense of the story, I read straight through, and when I finished the last page, I was sad to see it end!
I had a bit of a hard time following the story for the first chunk of the book. There wasn't a story set up, and then from there I had an issue grasping at the plot, since it wasn't fully developed. Basically, there was one long plot and shorter stories told by the characters interspersed within it.The third story told was my absolute favorite. It was so beautiful and touching. I didn't want it to end.
The pictures in this one were just GORGEOUS. I could sit here and look at them all day! This was a really fun read, despite the fact I had a bit of an issue following the story for a good portion of the book. I would definitely recommend this one.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2012
Occasionally, there are battles in the sky. One likes to imagine angels as always triumphant. One does not like to think of the ancient and terrible scales balancing the infernal and divine as a wobbling back and forth. Tilting freely to and fro.
One does not like to think that sometimes it is the angel that falls.
An angel falls to ground, grievously injured and unconscious in the land of the fairies. A lord, a maid, a hag, and a trickster sit tribunal over his fate, with a boy as judge. Their goal is to determine what to do with the angel--to help him, to kill him, or to let him be. Each member of the group tells a tale they know of angels, a tale they feel reveals the creature's nature and will influence the tribunal's outcome.
A Flight of Angels, conceived and illustrated by Rebecca Guay, is one of the most hauntingly beautiful graphic novels I have encountered to date. Perfect for readers looking to enter or ease into the genre, the story is captured in one compact volume composed using the work of well-known young adult and graphic authors. Holly Black has written the frame story of the fae creatures determining the angels fate, and each author tells a tale of angels therein. In one short and breathtaking novel, questions of incredible depth and complexity are asked such as what it means to live, the value of a soul, and how do humans balance their animal instincts and angelic natures? Heartbreaking at times, and very fist-pumpy girl power at others, A Flight of Angels is a graphic novel for any fantasy fan. The illustrations were astoundingly gorgeous, Rebecca Guay (who's illustrated for authors such as Ursula K. Le Guin) has a style not often seen in the graphic universe, and I for one could not get enough of it.
I'm going to try to be as non-spoilerish as possible, but I might spill one or two details in my attempts to review the volume. If you're wondering if this is something you should get, then I would recommend it with one or two reservations. As long as you are OK with episodic "Canterbury Tales" type storytelling and don't expect the book to end with kittens wrapped in rainbows and sunshine, you'll be good to go. Oh, and don't expect this to be a religious type of book. These aren't those types of angels, not really.
That said, on with the review.
One of the most striking things about this comic book has to be the variety of art. Very few of the stories have a similar artwork style, which works in the stories' favor. It helps each one stand out and keeps them from blurring together. Some panels of this comic will definitely wrench a few emotions out of you, especially the last page. No spoilers, but the mixture of both heavenly and worldly creatures in that setting really does work well.
For the most part the storytelling here is excellent. The individual stories are all well done and while I have a few favorites (namely the Willingham one), I wasn't all that fond of the wraparound story. The artwork helped the stories all stand out, but I couldn't help but wish that there was more to it. It just felt a little too choppy at times. It's not bad by any stretch, but it didn't feel as fully formed as some of the stories. That ending though... that really grabs you and it's why I didn't mind everything else as much. I will say this- I grew to appreciate the wraparound story more with repeated readings.
Overall this was a nicely done comic book. It won't be for everyone's tastes, not even if this type of read sounds right up their alley. I recommend it to fans of the various authors and artists, as well as those who love comics similar to Gaiman's work.
I like a lot of what this book offers. The format's familiar: a series of tangentially related stories, each told by a different teller in a band thrown together unplanned. Hey, if it was good enough for Chaucer, it's good enough for me - and they're all good yarns, in the 'fairy tale' genre if I had to pick just one.The art works, too - varied, with many artists and styles, sometimes changing page by page. But, for all that, there's an underlying coherence that keeps it from being simply random. There is a large story, the one that binds the vignettes together, but I didn't find it compelling.
The thing I found distinctive, though, was the way this drew on Biblical themes and religious icons without being the religious in the slightest. Instead, it eased the stories' transition from dogma to mythology - classic tales of superhuman beings, even references to the supernal, but with neither reverence nor disrespect. It's just a story, to be told and told well, but still just a story. American society, though secular by constitution, maintains a deep theocratic streak. Perhaps this shows a way to resolve the old religions with a modern culture: keep the stories alive and relevant, but let go of whatever it is that gods are supposed to do for and to people.
on January 29, 2013
This was surprisingly a GREAT buy! When I ordered it I thought it would be a book with a few lovely pictures, I didn't anticipate a trip through childhood with fairie tales of angels & witches & good & evil. The first story drew me in with it's fimiliarity while the ending wrapped it up nicely. All in all, after I post this, I'm off to see what else Amazon recommends!!
on February 18, 2013
I purchased this book when one of my favorite authors mentioned it on her blog, and I am so glad I did. The storyline and the artwork are both inexhaustible-- I have read this many times already after having it only for a short while, and I notice something new every time. So, so in love with this book.
on April 30, 2013
Great Book Amazing stories and art! I dig stories like this. Thanks for putting this book together all you groovin artists and writers