Flight, volume two, picks up where the first left off, which is to showcase amazing young illustrators telling strange stories vaguely (or directly) related to flight and flying. This is a hefty one of 430 pages that contains the work of 33 artists telling their stories.
The set opens with an amazing wordless story (many of the subsequent pieces in this volume are wordless as well) about a young space fox engaging with a cool flying space fox that splits his planet in two, the first of a fantastic series about Rex by Michael Gagne that continues until Volume Seven. Wow! "Solomon Fix" shows a young dogy preparing for a weird afternoon tea, dealing with the anxiety of having visitors. Yes, very strange indeed, and some wild, edgy architecture and physical comedy. Wonderful stuff. "Robot Sparrow" shows some wild, innocent stuff - a robot learns how to dream by interacting with a migrating sparrow. Oooo-kay.... "Dead Souls Day Out", a Malinky Robot Story, shows what happens in a future wasteland when two urchins run into some money. "Monster Slayers" has some nice artwork, but not much of a story; it's about luckless monster slayers hired to slay a tentacled well-monster in the desert. "The Golden Temple" by Neil Babra continues the story of a young Indian emigre who returns to his native land, this time wryly interacting with a cousin in another part of India from wherever it was that he had his glass of water in Volume One. Aaaaahhh... Don Hertzfeld's bold stick figure drawings are eery, efficient, and more than just a little creepy! "Destiny Express" is a well-drawn, but very quietly naive pice set in a train station of the interaction between an old conductor with a guilty past and a young artist who wants to become trapped in time. Great drawings!! "The Orange Grove", a spooky little manga-like piece in black and white (and orange) tells the tale of a young romance, of a fisher-boy falling in love with an actress girl, his fisher-father trying to keep his son away from her play, the weird whale tale that sets up their reunion (she's moving away). Sweet storytelling, and great art by the editor of Flight, Kazu Kabuishi. "Weather Vain" by Hope Larson is a cute, illustrative tale of weather systems and romance. Very creative!! Coloured in white and blue, with weather symbols in the red margins, it's very nice indeed. "Heads Up" is wild tattoo-ish art by Becky Cloonan (not sure what the story is about, though...). "Tendergrass" is beautiful wordless cornfield snake autopsy art done in sepia. "For Rachel". Wow!! "Last Things Last" is more wordless art by Kean Soo (initially), a bald man and a dog haunt a wake and engage in reunions and mourning. Nice doors, tables, chairs, vases, sunsets, human interaction, emotion. "Cellmates" is about a young man in jail, the spot of sunlight on the floor, and a neighbour rat. Sad what a life can devolve to. "The Ride" is totally wordless, about a bicycle race between a laborer and a sexy woman who leads him into town. It's lascivious and sinister and darn beautiful and expressive. Wow! "Laika" is a cool wordless comic about the Soviet space dog's alternate future exploring strange mutant worlds. "Ghost Trolley" is about a ghost trolley in a strange Ghibli architected world-of-wonder. Groovy greatness. "Wilford's Stroll" has a puppy dog wanting to go out in the rain, his lazy/sexy mistress just wants to snooze - they come across the cloud-cleanser, who takes them for a ride. Nice! Very Lilo And Stitch, especially the young mistress. "Impossible" is another funky/sexy tale of a beauitful young lady and her dog going on walks in the park, imps prevent her from actually talking to the hunk she likes who hangs around by the pond. Beautiful, but... yawwwwnnn!!!! "Dust On The Shelves" is a cool 20-plus year story about two young French BD-lovers falling in love with each other, their identities permanently attached to the BD shop that they met in, everyone growing older (dating, love, marriage, adulthood, parenthood...). Nice. "This Time" is a cool adventure by Clio Chiang that shows a young flower thief building a monument to the boy she admires. Nice!! "Blip Pop" is a cool Heavy Metal-like freak world comic about a young green-skinned hipster ("This street used to be "cool" and weird but now it's just so normal." She buys some bubble juice that makes her float and fly with the cloud beings, who save her from a certain death. It's just like a Shonen Knife album cover. "Moustrap" by Johane Matte is a nutty story about a freaky Egyptian cat that defies a mouse that enters her world - but it's a magic mouse that turns a pond into the universe. Nice. "Sirius and Betalgeuse" is a seriously cool story about our two planet-hoppers/eaters as they bounce around the solar system. Wonderful stuff by J Smith, who did Bone. "The Flying Bride" is stylish stuff in sepia showing a damsel in Victorian distress, bullied by her suitor, saved by a group of flying-car weirdos, carried off by a gorilla. Weird!! Great anthropomorphic action, though - really something to rival Indiana Jones stunts!! "Plank" is a short tale about the world's cutest little red-pigtailed girl pirate. "Icarus" is about the young Greek family that wants to fly (but still ends up on Minos anyway). "A Test For Cenri" is about a young dragon fighter, it's very much like some sort of anime story of a warrior-in-training. Yawwn... "La Sonadora" is a similarly- adolescent tale of fairie daughters of a fairie grandmother who's become corrupt and wants to suck the energy from the stars, until she's saved by a solar squirrel. Silly. "Skyblue" is an enchanting tale of a young pixie who dances with butterflies. It sounds lame, but it's drawn in a beautiful way that evokes 1970s album covers and a trippy Heavy Metal take on things. Nice. "Beisbol" tells the tale of a young Cuban ball player, Francisco Sanchez, and his relationship with a kindly old former pro, who gives him his first real baseball. Also nice (and we see a bit more of Francisco in later volumes of Flight). The final page is about the salmon running in my home town of Mississauga. Extra nice!