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Flight, Vol. 1 (Flight #1)

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  4,434 Ratings  ·  346 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, First Edition, 208 pages
Published August 24th 2004 by Image Comics
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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.
Dov Zeller
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 15, 2015 Andrew rated it it was ok
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
Aug 23, 2015 Praxedes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 25, 2016 Jacquelyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A graphic novel anthology.... Very odd and unfortunately, not very enjoyable. Most of the stories left me extremely confused. I liked the art of some but didn't like them on others and found some to be way too crowded and busy. Of the whole anthology, I probably only really enjoyed three, maybe four, stories.
Feb 24, 2009 Jared rated it it was amazing
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
Oct 22, 2012 Magila rated it liked it

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  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 03, 2011 Craig rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Heidi Cullinan
Mar 28, 2009 Heidi Cullinan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ms. Library
Jan 28, 2013 Ms. Library rated it really liked it
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
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
Oct 20, 2014 Austin rated it really liked it
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
Jul 21, 2010 Blake rated it it was amazing
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
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.
May 11, 2012 Krystle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lupe Dominguez
Jul 08, 2015 Lupe Dominguez rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 21, 2015 Bella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Sep 30, 2013 Noura rated it really liked it
Plot wise i'll give this 3 but the collection of art work was gorgeous which is why i ended up rating it a 4.
Mar 06, 2015 Melki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
Though the art work, without exception, is absolutely breathtaking, none of the stories were very strong or memorable.
Aug 05, 2013 Molly rated it liked it
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!
Ha Li
Feb 17, 2013 Ha Li rated it it was amazing
a beautiful collection of artistic stories! can't wait to experience other volumes.
Becky B
Since this is such a mixed bag of graphic novel short stories, I’ll do summaries and ratings for each short story individually. I will say this for the mix as a whole, I’m not sure who the intended audience of this book is supposed to be. Some of the stories are done in little kid style animation and have accompanying simple plot lines aimed at that age group, and then others are most definitely adult with content inappropriate for kids. I’ve read the Box and Island compilations Kibuishi put tog ...more
Chip Hunter
Dec 30, 2016 Chip Hunter rated it it was ok
I don't mean to come down too hard on this original and beautifully done collection of comics, but I have to admit to being disappointed. After reading the glowing reviews on Amazon, I thought I was really in for a treat. I dived into this volume as soon as it arrived on my doorstep only to find myself wondering what all the hoop-la was about. Many of the stories contained in this anthology (especially the 6-7 crammed into the middle) do very little to inspire, and in fact left me with a rather ...more
Jan 18, 2017 Sinsarady rated it liked it
Hey do you like books that have multiple small stories, but have the same meaning? How about graphic novels? Well if you do, you will like this book by multiple authors( Obviously its has multiple shorts stories so there are gonna be more than one author). All of the stories have a similar meaning. Some are sad while some are exciting.
I’m a fan of graphic novels and when I first read Flight didn’t think I was going to be interested because it had a lot of other stories, but when I started read
Jan 14, 2017 Asher rated it it was amazing
This book was super good! it is like a short story book but instead of regular short stories these were meaningful comics.The thing i liked most is the quantity of comics there are. There are about 24 comics. and i cant wait to read the other 8 books I feel as the stories will never be repetitive or the same. The stories will always confuse you (in a good way) and you will be awed in what people write.
in some stories they write about some real life things, but in other ones they will talk about
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
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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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