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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
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Jillian -always aspiring-
Dec 02, 2011 Jillian -always aspiring- rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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Sesana
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
Kate
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
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B.C.
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
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Heidi
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
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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
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Alex Telander
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
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Katya
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
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Krystl Louwagie
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.
Ariane
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.
Ian Roditi
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
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Mrs W
Sep 28, 2014 Mrs W rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Hannah
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
Ruth
Review originally published at www.fantasyliterature.com

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
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Molly
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
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Peter Vicaire
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
May
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
Abbey
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
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Chibineko
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
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
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Sergio Martinez
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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Jael
Dec 08, 2011 Jael rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
I caved about willingly bought a book that dealt with angels. Most of the art in this book was absolutely beautiful; however some of the stories I didn't really care for. I really enjoyed the frame story which was done by Holly Black, she also did "shining host" which was about the fall of angels. The twist she gives to the story however would have been interesting but I have heard it done before. I wish that she could have expanded it more but graphic novel writing is hard. I believe it was the ...more
Xan
Wow, just... wow.
The winter wonderland of a faerie filled forest sets the strange scene for the informal tribunal of a fallen angel. Wounded and dying the angel lies silent as the faerie folk tell stories meant to decide his fate.
The stories spill so seamlessly into one another that it's easy to forget they have actually been written by different authors as apposed to simply being told by different characters. The lush, vivid illustrations are another creature entirely, and appear to have been
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Shara

The premise: ganked from BN.com: 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 call a tribunal to decide his fate, each telling stories that delve into different interpre
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AngelLeah
My daughter won this book and I wanted to read it when I saw how gorgeous the art was.

I'm going to agree with many of the other reviews here though. The art really draws you in, but the story just doesn't equal up to the art. I had a really hard time reading a few of the stories.

I'm not a fan of all the narrating boxes, with only little blurbs of talking here and there. A few of the stories had WAY too much narrating of facts and it made it hard to focus on the story.
Another problem that I had
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Emily Rogers
Audience: Ages 13 and up

When an injured angel falls to the earth it is up to a group of mystical woodland creatures to decide whether he should live or die. In the style of the Decameron and The Canterbury Tales, the Elven Knight, Lord Nevling proposes that each of the creatures recount a tale about angels so that the group might educate themselves before deciding the angel's fate. Each story is written by a different author and the tales range in plot from familiar Biblical myth to edgy modern
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Miss
i liked this! except the ending; didn't think much of it. idk, the whole ~dark~ twist ending has gotten so popular it's just boring and predictable now, like (view spoiler)

hahaha man it's not like i'm even mad about it happening, it's more i'm offended that they went for something so boring

anydoo
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Cale
There are some graphic novels you read for story. There are some you read for the art. And some you read and wonder why you read them. This one doesn't quite reach the third category, but it is definitely mired in the second. The art is beautiful, painterly and impressionistic, and multiple artists have applied different styles to each of the separate stories within the larger work. Like any collection, some stories are stronger than others, but none of them really seems important, and the wrapa ...more
S.M.M. Lindström
Loved the artwork and the character felt like they operated on logic based on a culture that wasn't human, which always is a nice touch when writing about fae. The stories the characters tell are equally interesting and different from each other so that the telling doesn't get repetitive, which also motivated me to keep reading.

I think it's the ending that brought it down a star for me, since while I understand the author's choices (any different ending would have requiered several more pages of
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Courtney
An angel has fallen in a forest inhabited by the fae. While he's unconscious, the fairy folk argue over whether or not this angel is a threat. It is ultimately decided that the youngest and least jaded of the fairies will determine the angel's fate, but not before hearing testimony from the others regarding their interactions with angels. Each thinks they know who this angel might be and why it has fallen into their forest. Some believe the angel is benign, others believe it to be deadly.
The ma
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“Occasionally, there are battles in the sky. One likes to imagine the angels are always triumphant. One does not like to think of the ancient and terrible scales balancing the infernal and divine as wobbling back and forth. Tilting freely, to and fro. One does not like to think that sometimes it is the angel that falls.” 8 likes
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