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Flight Volume One (Flight #1)

3.90  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,087 Ratings  ·  306 Reviews
Flight Volume One features stories by professionals and non-professionals alike, all playing on the theme of flight in its many incarnations. From the maiden voyage of a home-built plane to the adventures of a young courier and his flying whale to a handful of stories about coming of age and letting things go, this first volume of Flight is full of memorable tales that wil ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 207 pages
Published April 10th 2007 by Villard Books (first published August 25th 2004)
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
I've read another short story collection put together by Kazu Kibuishi that I loved, so I kind of went into this one hoping that I'd like it just as much, but that wasn't really the case. These stories just didn't really have the wow-factor that I was looking for. I did enjoy the variety of art styles, but I really only enjoyed four of the stories.
This is a collection of short sequential art stories, all loosely based on, in some way. or at least brushing their feathers against the topic of flight.

While I appreciated many of the stories and fragments, I found it hard to stay attentive to the book as a whole. Though there is some thematic stuff holding these many disparate pieces together, well, I'm not sure the concept works for me. Maybe because I was expecting a series more along the lines of Amulet.

Some of the stories I couldn't acce
Sep 24, 2007 Speedtribes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Out of all the volumes, I have to say that the first volume was the most interesting to me simply because this was an anthology where the majority of the artists are females drawing in styles that aren't typically noticed in the Superhero, male, and floppy format dominated American comics industry. These are fellow artists in my age group who I've seen online and at conventions -- I wanted this volume in support of them and their work. I applaud them just for the very existence of this book-- an ...more
Elizabeth A
Dec 28, 2015 Elizabeth A rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphix, 2015, kids-ya
First you need to know that while I'm a huge fan of the graphic novel, I am neither a fan of short stories nor anthologies, and that is what this book is. A collection of graphic stories. I did not know that going in. Mea culpa.

The stories are all about flight in one way or another, and while I quite liked the art, many of the stories in this collection were really weak. That being said, there is wide variety of stories and artistic styles, and for that reason alone it might make sense to grab
Oct 15, 2015 Andrew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics-alt
Argh. I hate these anthologies that have a guiding story topic. I mean, how about just selecting great comics?

This one all of the stories in some way related to flight. And all of the creators were young (at the time). McCloud in an afterword makes a point of stating the average age was 24 and each creator biography states their age.

The flight idea is dumb, but I guess the idea of anthologizing and giving young artists a wider audience is nice. I don't feel compelled to seek out any of their w
Anthologies are difficult to review. Do I rate by the best of the collection or the worst? Luckily, Flight solves my problem by having almost uniformly good and, more to the point of the collection, beautifully illustrated stories. There's a wide variety here. The thread that binds them together is the concept of flight, very very loosely defined. So in the same collection, we have adventures aboard an airship and reflections on faith. There's also a huge range of art styles, including collage-i ...more
Aug 23, 2015 Praxedes rated it really liked it
Lovely anthology from assorted graphic novelists, most of which centered their craft around the theme of flight. I was pleasantly surprised to see several female writers/illustrators in the mix!

The art was sublime in its variety and richness. The stories could use a little work, but at least they did not distract.

Occasionally I am asked to speak in class before students begin a unit on Graphic Novels; this is a perfect book to start the conversation.
Feb 24, 2009 Jared rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One day, when I was ten or so, alone in the dinnertime quiet of our suburban cul-de-sac, I reclined in the seat of an upturned Big Wheel and let my gaze wander upwards. My head lay on the warm pavement, which hummed with the day's dissipating heat and, far below, the slow engine of the turning earth. Staring past the handlebars, I watched as the pane of blue ahead, just a dusty ceiling an hour ago, began to slowly sink away, giving way to a distance I'd considered but never quite conceived. I fe ...more

I was crushed by my lack of overall love for this graphic novel. It wasn't bad. However, I wasn't a fan of every one of the comics. I probably was a big fan of about a third, enjoyed a third ok, and wouldn't have minded a third being edited out. So, I liked this, but I didn't love it.

As a compilation, it's worth picking up. I was exposed to three new artists that I really enjoyed, and found some of their art I plan to check out in other comics. So give this volume a shot, but don't bump it t
Dec 30, 2012 Robbie rated it really liked it
I am considerably new to the idea of graphic novels, although I have always loved the concept ever since I read the "Bone" series way back when (I want to read it again, just for grins). Seeing 'Flight' on StumbleUpon, I was absolutely intrigued at the idea of an anthology of different artists, and as such, asked for Volume One for Christmas, and received.

Once again, because I am relatively new but already know that I like them, this was something fantastic to me. I loved the diversity of the di
Heidi Cullinan
Mar 28, 2009 Heidi Cullinan rated it really liked it
My one-word review of this book would have to be "charming." I picked it up because I kept seeing it on the shelf at the library, and the cover looked so beautiful I finally had to give in. And the cover sold the book accurately, because the book is beautiful, enchanting, and deceptively easy to slide into. Essentially these are short stories told in graphic form: a few have no words at all or very, very few. The styles of art vary between pieces, sometimes radically. The types of stories are al ...more
Sep 03, 2011 Craig rated it liked it
read as 3.5 stars.

What do you know? sometimes you CAN judge a book by its cover. I was drawn to this series by the amazing cover art (and now that I've finished volume 1, I'm glad that I picked up volume 2 at the same time.).

Basically a graphic novel anthology of short stories that are all somehow related to flight of one sort or another. Some authors took the idea very literal while others were more playful. I have to say there isn't a stinker in the bunch. I enjoyed every story in the collecti
Oct 20, 2014 Austin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this was a great book i enjoyed it a lot. this book has multiple stories in it so if you dont like a story you can go to the next one. i think this book was cool because all the stories were all about flying or in the air.
i gave it a 4 star rateing because it was a good book and it kept my intrest throughout the whole book. i would reccemend this book to anybody who like to read a book with a lot of stories in it
Ms. Library
Jan 28, 2013 Ms. Library rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an anthology about flight that allowed people to explore this new medium and to explore different styles. I really loved some of the art and stories, and some of them, I didn't care for so much.

However, one of the things that makes this so interesting is that there are a lot of different voices here. In graphic novels, most of the voices tend to be white males. This one is filled with people of different perspectives, and the art and stories reflect that, which is important. The graphic
Lupe Dominguez
Jul 08, 2015 Lupe Dominguez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
I'm current on both an Anthology and graphic novel kick. This suited my needs perfectly. Beautiful illustrations and story telling, Kibuishi did a great job bringing all these comic writers together in one place. I'm going to continue this series. I'm sure it will be as beautiful.
Mar 06, 2015 Melki rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Though the art work, without exception, is absolutely breathtaking, none of the stories were very strong or memorable.
Somehow I managed to read vol. 2 before vol. 1 (although I don't think it matters that much--there are some continuing story arcs that I noticed, however). I liked this one less than vol. 2--a large number of the stories were just completely incomprehensible to me. I mean, just plain weird stuff. And I generally like weird. Some of them--well, I wondered what they had to do with flight (either real or metaphysical).

However, I like the idea of this and how the work of very different artists creat
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Kazu Kibuishi is one of my favorite kid-friendly author-artists, penning the Copper comic strip and the Amulet graphic novel series. He also has arranged the Flight anthology series, where he usually contributes one or two of the several-dozen stories in each book. Most of the short stories can stand alone, but it’s best to read the Flight books in order for the several story lines that recur, such as Neil Babra’s “Life of Tejinder Singh” and Michel Gagne’s “Saga of Rex,” both of which are told
May 07, 2015 Michael rated it liked it
Complete Collection Rating: 6/10 (OK)

While there is some standout writing and artwork in this book, many of the stories either made no sense or were poorly done. That being said, the shear variety of stories and artistic styles in this book make it a worthwhile read. If you can borrow it from a friend or grab a library copy as I did, I wouldn't hesitate.

Story Ratings:

"Air and Water" 6/10 (OK)
"Maiden Voyage" 7/10 (Good)
"Hugo Earheart" 8/10 (Really Good)
"I Wish..." 6/10 (OK)
"Paper and Strings" 5/1
Somehow I discovered Flight, Vol. 3 in my book meanderings, and I really enjoyed it, so I thought I would explore the whole series so far, starting with the beginning. I was hoping this first Volume would have an explanation for the series, and fortunately there is a kind of tongue-in-cheek description of how it all came together at the very end of the book, written by Scott McCloud. The one thing it left out was how "flight" is being used as a connecting theme for these stories. Sometimes the c ...more
Matt Ryan
Jan 08, 2015 Matt Ryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Flight is a compilation of multiple stories by various authors, all pertaining to the one concept of flight. Whether flight comes in the form of wings, engine, healium, propeller, this book has it.

At first, I didn't know what to expect. I admittedly judged this book by its cover, and the cover is what lured me in. I was pleasantly surprised, normally I don't really like anthologies, but this was a different case! I found myself connecting to each and every story, and learning something new from
Apr 28, 2014 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Synopsis: "Flight Volume One features stories by professionals and non-professionals alike, all playing on the theme of flight in its many incarnations. From the maiden voyage of a home-built plane to the adventures of a young courier and his flying whale to a handful of stories about coming of age and letting things go, this first volume of Flight is full of memorable tales that will both amaze and inspire."

my Review: This was an interesting and new take on graphic novels for me. I had never re
Jul 21, 2010 Blake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always, the "Flight" series, especially this first one, is very entertaining and well drawn. The women artist in this, which is most every story, seem to show more feeling and dynamic quality in their art in this issue than the later issues to follow. Love the coloring most of all, and the cover is very epic and amazing.
Aug 14, 2011 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good book, for sure, it's just too bad I've read these out of order. Not for continuity's sake, no, just that the newer volumes have been better--and bigger. However, this is still a great book full of fantastic art and fun stories. Give it a looksee. If you start here, it only gets better as the volumes progress.
This is the first compendium of short story graphic novels I've read and it was both better and different than I expected! ^_^ I liked most of the short stories, though some I just didn't get and others were just a little too weird for my liking. The art for all of them was beautiful though, and each and every one was different than the last, which was nice and refreshing, and made it easy to fly through the entire book. My favourites were "Maiden Voyage" and "Copper" by Kazu Kibuishi, "Paper an ...more
May 11, 2012 Krystle rated it really liked it
Really neat! Takes a look at graphic novel illustrations a different way as well as storytelling. Some of the stories are obviously better than the others but they're all refreshing to read and this is a great gem of graphic novel anthologies.
This collection was not what I wanted to be. When I read the description that said all the stories would be about flight, I was expecting that in a pretty straightforward manner. Many of them didn't seem to have anything to do with flight (even considering other definitions of the word) and I was disappointed. Several of the stories were cute and I liked some of them but probably less than half. The penguin one was my favorite. I also think that maybe I just didn't 'get' some of them. I still fe ...more
David Miller
Oct 28, 2015 David Miller rated it really liked it
The best measure of an anthology is consistency, and Flight is consistently interesting. Together, the stories serve as a statement of purpose for comics in the digital age, bursting with color and not limited by apparent constraints in form. Individually, they represent a diverse range of styles that challenge the reader's understanding of what a comic is.

Not every page is equally gorgeous, and not every story is equally brilliant. Some artists opt for clear, readable vignettes with clean lines
Jan 21, 2015 Bella rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-ratings
Awesome artwork in here! I liked some of the stories better than others. And some were just too confusing but overall a very nice graphic novel. Now I want the rest of the volumes!
Aug 05, 2013 Molly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some of the stories were absolutely perfect. PERFECT. Love them so much. Others, not so much. Eh. But it evened out, so I would definitely recommend it! Can't wait to read Vol. 2!
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Kazu Kibuishi (born 1978) is an American graphic novel author and illustrator. He is best known for being the creator and editor of the comic anthology Flight and for creating the webcomic Copper. He has also written (drawn) the Amulet series. The webcomic artist and noted critic Scott McCloud has said that some of Kazu Kibuishi's work is so beautifully drawn that "it hurts my hands when I look at ...more
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