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A Flight of Angels

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  825 Ratings  ·  178 Reviews
The diverse mythology of angels is explored in this lushly painted graphic novel from high-profile fantasy authors including Holly Black (The Spiderwick Chronicles) and Bill Willingham (FABLES).Deep in the woods outside of a magical kingdom, a strange group of faeries and forest creatures discover a nearly dead angel, bleeding and unconscious with a sword by his side. They ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by Vertigo (first published November 1st 2011)
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Michelle Morrell
In the woods, an angel falls. Those who find him, a collection of fae, decide to hold a tribunal to decide if he lives or dies, and tell stories of angels to help judge.

The art was lovely and the stories are versions of what we've all heard, skewed as appropriate to the viewpoint of fae. A little twee and overly romanticized for my tastes, but pretty while it happens.
Jillian -always aspiring-
Dec 02, 2011 Jillian -always aspiring- rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who enjoy stories built around lore, mythology, and even fairy tales
Angels. The world seems to be obsessed with them, given all the art and fiction we devote to their names. Some people see angels as their muses, creatures to worship, guardians who protect the meek and oppressed, or even just avenging warriors who wage a great war of good and evil which we humans cannot see. But what is truth when it comes to these creatures? Is there any truth in the jumble of tales that surround them?

A Flight of Angels begins with a seemingly ominous occurrence: an angel sudde
Jun 26, 2012 Sesana rated it really liked it
The story begins when an angel falls to earth. A passing group of fairies decide to hold a tribunal to decide his fate, telling stories to illuminate the nature of angels. Each story is written by a different author, but illustrated by the same artist. That's what really surprised me, that the same artist was so adept at handling such different styles. The stories are short, very short, but emotionally powerful and memorable. And so, surprisingly, is the framing story. This is a very quick read, ...more
Jan 11, 2015 Kate rated it liked it
When a group of faeries, fauns, and the like find an angel fallen in the forest, they decide to tell stories of why the angel has fallen, and the judge will decide what to do with the angel. The stories range from re-imaginings of the Biblical tales to folksy tales.

First off, the illustrations are gorgeous. I often found myself stopping to just look at the artwork. The stories were all interesting, I especially liked the alternate version of the Garden of Eden story. What I wasn't a huge fan of
Jan 04, 2016 Malwae rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: 11 year olds who think the Twilight saga is, like, totally mindblowing
Shelves: graphic-novels
The premise for this book is just fine - (some fae come across a wounded and unconscious angel in the woods, and tell each other stories about angels to figure out if they should kill it or let it live), but even allowing for the tradition that fae are shallow and unsophisticated in their understanding of the way non-fae operate, each story is still trite and takes itself far too seriously. The art really wants to be on the cover of a cheesy bodice ripper, and the one story which had some depth ...more
Nov 22, 2011 B.C. rated it liked it
This book was received for free through Goodreads First Reads.

I was excited to read this graphic novel as it has been a while since I read a graphic novel cover to cover; the reason being that most graphic novels fall into two categories for me: GN’s that focus on the art and care little of the writing and GN’s that care more for the writing and little of the art. There are only a few gems out there that have both beautiful art and beautiful writing. This book is unfortunately no exception. This
Krishna *needs a pink katana*
It was a pretty cool story-telling concept, the trial method, but I thought the stories themselves were sort of meh. The Adam and Eve story was preachy, the guardian angel was a bit silly, the Hamaliel story was pointless and some of the others was just old hash.
The art was on and off for me.
Overall, a fairly diverting read.
Jun 10, 2016 Karissa rated it really liked it
The back copy does a great job of summarizing this. Basically an angel falls from the sky and a group of faeries find him. They then conduct a tribunal to decide what to do with him. As part of this tribunal each of the faeries tell a story of where they think the angel came from and how he ended up fallen.

The main story including the faeries was done in sepia tones while the stories that they tell (each one by a different author) were done in full color. There is a variety of artistic style thr
Feb 23, 2012 Heidi rated it really liked it
Originally reviewed here.

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, wit
Mar 22, 2015 May rated it liked it
The main problem with anthologies or when you have multiple contributing writers is the inconsistent storytelling. My favorite story was "Original Sin" by Louise Hawes. I loved how everything knew about the Adam and Eve story got turned upside down, that an angel played a major role in human's "downfall" and that ultimately, the "expulsion" from Eden was a choice. Normally I love Bill Willingham but his story "The Story Within the Story Within" was mundane compared to Alisa Kwitney's "Chaya Sura ...more
Samantha Tai
This graphic novel has beautiful illustrations and I can see why it is one of YALSA's top ten graphic novels of 2012. The story also goes very well with the illustrations.

When an angel falls into a dark forest, the magical creatures of the forest must decide the fate of the angel. They decide to call a tribunal and each tell a story about who they think this mysterious creature is.

Conceived and illustrated by Rebecca Guay, each story is written by a different author. The only author I was famil
Alex Telander
Apr 25, 2012 Alex Telander rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 13, 2011 Katya rated it really liked it
An angel falls in a forest and is discovered by fae, who are believed by some to be fallen angels themselves. They are unsure if the angel should live or die, and thus conduct a tribunal of stories to decide the angel's fate.

It's short, for a graphic novel, and there's not much meat to it. However, the art is stunning enough to more than make up for it. I read the story in a couple of hours, but I could have spent many more just studying the details of the illustrations. There's no doubt that Re
Krystl Louwagie
May 27, 2014 Krystl Louwagie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
These illustrations are SO BEAUTIFUL. Also, the stories are good, and sad, and lovely, and interesting all at once. There's love and pain and lessons and themes and just about everything packed into this tiny volume, just the way short stories should be. Loved it.
Ari Eris
May 17, 2013 Ari Eris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This lovely story reads just like an old fairytale, updated for a 21st-century audience, with feminist undertones and pop-adjusted folklore. The art, telling each story in a different style, is as stunning as the concept is unique. I wish this stand-alone was an ongoing series! Fans of The Sandman and Angel Sanctuary will want to check this one out. Trust me, I'm picky about my angel stories - this wonderful book tops my list.
Oct 07, 2015 Dan rated it liked it
Okay stories about angels. Stunning artwork.
Ian Roditi
Mar 08, 2014 Ian Roditi rated it really liked it
En lo profundo del bosque, como empiezan muchas historias, un grupo de seres de distintas razas y condiciones se encuentran con un angel herido e inconsconsciente. El trato entre ellos quedó en que cada uno diría su teoría de quién es y por qué está ahí y al final decidirían el veredicto de qué hacer con él, de qué tan peligroso es el hecho de que esté ahí. Esta es la historia de cómo un montón de historias afectaron el destino de ese hombre alado.

Visualmente es hermoso, cada historia tiene un e
Eleanor Toland
Flight of Angels is a graphic novel with a syncretic fantasy setting that channels Neil Gaiman's Sandman. A boy with the legs of a goat and withered, useless wings on his back sees something fall from the sky above the fairy-forest he calls home. The something is an angel, fallen from heaven, unconscious. The fair folk gather and argue about what to do with the fallen angel, their argument taking the form of competitive storytelling. Flight of Angels gathers five stories within this wraparound t ...more
Mrs W
Sep 28, 2014 Mrs W rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Six author/illustrators collaborate to create this collection of stories framed by a larger one. When an angel falls to earth, a group of fairies and other mythical forest creatures gather around his unconscious form and try to decide what to do with him. Their knowledge of angels, and any possible angel threats, comes in the form of stories they’ve heard, so each takes a turn relating a story. Ranging from Biblical to secular, the stories cover a wide range of angelic myth, legend, and folklore ...more
Oct 13, 2015 Lauri rated it it was ok
Raamatukogust jäi näppu. Muide, Paepealse raamatukogus on muljetavaldav koomiksikogu, Bone'id, Maus'id, Sandman'id, meinstriimi ja indit, Bätmänni ja managasid. Aga see selleks, ühesõnaga, kui juba kord sinna sattusin siis laenasin ammu meeles mõlkunud American Vampire'i (valus pask)ja selle siin. Aga ei olnud seegi midagi erilist, selline hõllanduslik tundlemine romantilis-gootilikus maailmas, vist viis eri autorit oma lugudega ja vist samapalju kunstnikke. Lugu keerleb mingise taevast maha sad ...more
May 06, 2014 Hannah rated it really liked it
This was one of the most beautifully drawn and illustrated graphic novels I have ever read. The premise is quite simple- a fallen angel is discovered by a group of creatures from the world of magic and faerie- the group decides that each should tell a story of how they think the unconscious angel arrived there, then they will decide if the angel should be destroyed or spared. I loved the storytelling (Holly Black, Bill Willingham, Alisa Kwitney, Louise Hawes & Todd Mitchell each take a turn) ...more
A fairly good collection of stories about angels, framed within the narrative of a group of faeries who find one injured. Each individual tale either revamps an existing story, such as the Adam and Eve one, or uses an original idea based on our current notions regarding these winged beings. In both story and art, each tale is distinct, and they are only bound together by thematic choice, and the surrounding narrative. The faeries have a unique perspective on the matter of angels, and as they jud ...more
David Basora
Apr 03, 2015 David Basora rated it liked it
A collection of vivid artwork as well as crafty stories, the tales told to decide the fate of a stricken angel offer as much to learn from as the characters presiding in the impromptu council. Each story has a unique theme and undeniable biblical ties to angels of legend, set in the secret fantasy world of faeries hidden from mortal eyes in plain sight. The various story themes are tied together through the art of the main narrative, providing satisfying characterization to every player in each ...more
Sep 15, 2012 Ruth rated it really liked it
Review originally published at

An angel has fallen. Led by their insatiable curiosity, the hosts of fae have followed the descent of the white-winged creature and now gather around his still-breathing body to decide what to do with him. They decide to hold a trial, and present evidence in the form of stories about the deeds of angels to decide whether or not to let him live.

I am fairly new to reading graphic novels, so I do not know how original the conceit is of having
May 17, 2013 Molly rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
With gorgeous illustrations and a compelling story, this is easily my favorite of all the graphic novels I have (thus far) read.

No fewer than 5 people read this while I had it checked out. Mister BS loved it. My sister loved it. My friend pointed out that Rebecca Guay is known for illustrating magic cards, and he and his girlfriend loved it.

The story opens as a group of magical creatures discover a wounded angel in the forest. Because they are unsure of what to do about the angel, several of the
Peter Vicaire
Mar 20, 2013 Peter Vicaire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this Vertigo graphic novel - which isn't that big of a surprise since most of Vertigo's books I've read over the past few decades (the horror!) have been either really good or really great; with only a few duds in the bunch. Plus I was visiting a new comic book shop from out of town and the coffee was just perfect and the music was spot on, and...well, I digress. This story involves an angel that falls from the sky and the perception of him (it?) from various faerie onlookers, e ...more
Mar 11, 2012 Abbey rated it liked it
BOTTOM LINE: Superb book IF you like beautiful drawings mixed with a huge dose of "who the F*k cares, anyway...???!!" attitude, which ain't me.

The artwork here is simply glorious, practically pre-Raphaelite, a style I enjoy very much. The colorings are soft, subtle, and beautiful. The composition of the book is wonderful, using high-quality paper that allows those beautifully soft colors a clarity of reproduction that is so high you can almost feel the feathers in an angel's wings.

The arrangem
Dec 29, 2012 Chibineko rated it really liked 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 o ...more
Amanda Shepard
Feb 18, 2013 Amanda Shepard rated it liked it
A Flight of Angels explores the diverse mythology that surrounds angels through a series of short stories, all connected through a group of mythological creatures (faeries and the like) who have stumbled upon a fallen angel. The group calls a tribunal to decide the angels fate, and they each have a different idea of what angels are supposed to be. And they each have a different idea about what they should do with the angel they have found. Should they kill him or let him live?

I think the main th
Sergio Martinez
Jan 29, 2013 Sergio Martinez rated it it was amazing
Anyone who currently reads comics has most likely had a non-comic reading friend come up to them and say something alone the lines of this: "I want to get into comics, but I'm not sure the mainstream Superhero stuff is for me...what else is out there"?

All Publishers have 'go-to' books for this exact type of scenario; some more than others. Vertigo Comics hands down has one of the largest libraries of books specifically great for this occasion such as Sandman, Fables, Y: The Last Man, V for Vende
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