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  • Paperback: 363 pages
  • Publisher: Villard Books; Gph edition (1 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345505891
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345505897
  • Product Dimensions: 16.9 x 1.9 x 26.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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By Simon Jacobs on 21 Nov. 2013
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Wonderful art and memorable stories. The whole collection is a joy to own, you'll want to read them again and again
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful Comic Anthology 19 Aug. 2008
By Akachei - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Flight Anthology - an anthology of short comics from people with an art background - is now up to the fifth volume. It's a wonderfully creative book - many of the artists are returning, but they still keep it fresh, and all of them are quite talented.

Like the last few volumes, it starts off with Michel Gagne's ongoing wordless "Rex" tale, as good as ever; in general the writing effectively complements the wonderful art, even if it never reaches the same level. A few of them are flawed - "Seasons" is a little long, "Voyage" a little obvious, and "Delilah Dirk and the Aqueduct" and "N" weren't that interesting, but otherwise even the simpler stories (there are 21 in total) work.

And the art is outstanding. Kazu Kibuishi (here "The Courier") never seems to disappoint; Reagan Lodge's "The Dragon", Sarah Mesinga's "The Changeling" were particularly beautiful. The latter and J.P. Ahonen's "Worry Dolls" had quite neat stories as well. As a whole, Volume 5 is one of the better volumes of the "Flight" series, and a very inventive comic anthology.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The premier comics anthology 27 Sept. 2008
By Steven E. Higgins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A few months ago I wrote a review of the first volume of Flight Explorer in which I wondered if the introduction of that anthology specifically aimed at children would alter the content of its parent anthology, Flight, in any way. Now, having read the most recent volume of Flight (released back in July), I would have to say that the anthology's focus might have slightly shifted but that this fifth edition is still true to the roots it established in its previous incarnations.

The stories in Flight Vol. 5 are slightly more grown up than previous collections. Violence is prevalent in several of the stories such as "N." and "The Dragon," and in both of those stories the violence has deadly consequences. However in neither case, nor in any of the other adventure stories contained within the anthology, is the violence gratuitous, just a natural aspect of the plot, and they would still be appropriate for younger readers.

Several stories in the collection were still definitely aimed at an "all-ages" audience. The Jellaby story "Lost" is one such example, as is the story "Disguise" featuring Igloo Head and Tree Head. But adult readers will find incredible charm in each of these stories. In particular, the silliness found in the latter example, though intended for younger readers, is such that older audiences will have a good laugh at it as well.

Click for a larger image.Meanwhile other stories have content or deal with subjects that skew a little bit older. "Evidence" deals with a man's dog digging up skeletal remains and the man having to dispose of them in another way, implying with its title that the man is covering up a crime he has committed. "The Changeling" involves an unwanted pregnancy and how such scenarios were dealt with in a previous era, while "Two Kids" features a young girl running away from her parents because they are getting a divorce. Younger children might have problems digesting some of this subject matter, but still the stories are in no way inappropriate for them. In fact, due to the manner in which each story approaches its subject-"Evidence" with humor, "The Changeling" with fantasy elements, and "Two Kids" with its child protagonist's point of view-they would each be excellent ways to expose children to these sensitive subjects for the purpose of further discussion.

Each story will hit or miss with readers depending upon their personal preferences, but there is literally something here for everyone to enjoy. Even stories that didn't appeal to my interests as a reader were still of the utmost quality. The highlight of the collection for me was "Beisbol 2" by Richard Pose. At over forty pages long, it is one of the longest stories in the collection, and it is a beautifully drawn, very heartwarming tale about the passion sports can invoke in fans and players alike. Joey Weiser's "Timecat" is also highly recommended for any cat lover.

If I had to quibble with anything in the anthology, I would complain about the lettering in "The Dragon," which seemed a little sloppy to me, too amateurish. Also the artwork in the final story "Seasons: Frank and Frank" was a bit overly simplistic, with its repeated backgrounds and its thinly sketched characters. But those two problems are very minor and are only really noticeable if you're looking for something to criticize. All in all, Flight's reputation as the premier comic anthology remains intact, as this fifth volume is virtually perfect.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great variety of style and storytelling 26 Nov. 2008
By Parka - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the fifth volume for the Flight series. It has come a long way since volume 1. Kazu Kibushi has packed in new artists each time.

In case you don't know, Flight is a compilation of short story comics from a group of artists.

Over more than 20 artists has contributed their stories and art for this series. There is a huge variety of artistic style, coupled with interesting stories. It's an inspiring read for all comic artists, or wannabe, or just comic fans.

If you're a previous Flight collector, you already know what to expect. For new readers, be sure to check out the previews at flightcomics. com.

Here's the list of stories and their respective artists:

* The Broken Path by Michel Gagné
* Delilah Dirk and the Aqueduct by Tony Cliff
* The Dragon by Reagan Lodge
* Beisbol 2 by Richard Pose
* The Courier by Kazu Kibuishi
* Malinky Robot by Sonny Liew
* Worry Dolls by JP Ahonen
* Igloo Head and Tree Head in Disguise by Scott Campbell
* Evidence by Graham Annable
* The Changeling by Sarah Mensinga
* N by Phil Craven
* Mountains by Matthew Bernier
* Big Dome - Flowers For Mama by Paul Rivoche
* The Chosen Ones Club by Dave Roman
* Jellaby - Lost by Kean Soo
* Two Kids by Bannister w/ colors by Steve Hamaker
* Scenes In Which the Earth Stops Spinning by John Martz and Ryan North
* Time Cat by Joey Weiser
* Voyage by Kness and Made
* On The Importance of Space Travel by Svetlana Chmakova
* Franknfrank - Seasons by Chris Appelhans

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
This was a great gift for my two sons! 12 Jan. 2009
By D. Copp - Published on Amazon.com
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My 22 year old son asked for this as a gift - after reading the another volume of Flight. I went ahead and ordered two - one for my other son (24)- since they both love graphic novels and are graphic artists themselves. They both were very appreciative when they received the books for Christmas. The art work is very creative and imaginative - and the book features lots of different artists with varied styles. I highly recommend this book for any person who appreciates this genre.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great price for such quality work! 13 July 2009
By ClickmeClickme - Published on Amazon.com
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I did have some concerns about the content of earlier volumes being a little too mature for some readers (Hey I'm a parent and it's my job). I found this one to be just great! Some dark edges but all very well done. Fantastic art and stories! Lots of fantasy and imagination. I especially like the science-fiction stories.
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