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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  310 Ratings  ·  59 Reviews
Born covered in black feathers, abandoned as a baby in the slums of the Maze, Poe has lived his entire eleven-year-old life hidden away under the protection of his adoptive father, Gabriel. He spends his days secretly helping the Mice, bands of orphans who roam the slums, but there is a whisper of an altogether more sinister figure in the shadows, making street children di ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published December 22nd 2015 by Archaia (first published January 7th 2015)
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Fantastic opening volume to this story. I like the characters and there is enough mystery to keep me wanting more, but it made sense. I still don't really understand what was happening with the villain and the feathers at the end. The rest of the story worked.

Feathers is a boy who has feathers like a boy. He lives up in the towers of a city hidden by his pop. He doesn't know who his real parents are. A girl runs away from the prosperous part of the city and meets feathers. She helps him get find
Sep 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Probably was meant for younger readers. Quite Michael Moorcock, some nice characters and the story seemed to be going somewhere. But then it finished abruptly.
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jorge Coronan Feathersia on vaikea lokeroida mihinkään tiettyyn kategoriaan. Tähän sarjakuvaan on mahdutettu paljon kaikenlaista. Siksi tarina tuntuu aika ajoin olevan hieman sekava. Tässä sarjakuvaromaanissa on paljon erinomaisia aineksia, kuten piirrostaide ja aika ajoin kiehtova juoni. Sitten kuitenkin lukijana usein hämmennyin, sillä esim. taustalla puhui kaksi tuntematonta henkilöä, eikä heidän keskustelunsa aivan avautunut, vaikka heillä tuntui olevan tärkeää sanottavaa. Eniveis, Feathersi ...more
Paul Mirek
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This visually impressive fantasy slots nicely in Boom and Archaia's stable of subversive fairy tales. There's an interesting Dickensian feel to this one -- well, if Dickens had expounded on some of his more weirdo tendencies. Poe is a young orphan whose kindly guardian urges him to stay hidden due to his uniquely feathered condition. Plans change when a young girl from the city becomes lost in the walled "Maze" that surrounds the capital.

There's a lot of world-building going on in this volume, a
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Corona's channeling Victor Hugo and Charles Dickens here while he does his best gothic art on the design work of not only the City, but its environs, the Maze, and everything in those two places. From the central plot to the internal discussions about class, faith, fate, and lies, this is something it would be fun to place in the hands of anyone from a third grader to someone very old. It's pretty and gritty at the same time, art & story, in a way that maybe only comes from the artist and wr ...more
Although this is nothing new under the sun, it combines familiar themes and storylines into a satisfying whole with good messages: learning to be yourself; listening to children and letting them take risks even when adults want to protect them; and resisting scapegoating. I loved the art in the imagined Victorian-ish setting, especially the striking silhouettes of Feathers's character.
Purl Scout
Mar 05, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
my son and I read this together. I hated being unable to answer his questions in regards to the conversing (god & lucifer???) quasi-narrators. it was a bit too open-ended and abstract for his atheistic autistic brain but we both enjoyed it's surface message and the art.
Great art, but the plot was lame and didn't make much sense to me.
cute MG graphic novel about a boy with feathers
Jackie B. - Death by Tsundoku
It's hard to clearly define what kind of story Feathers is. Is it a Hunchback of Notre Dame retelling? Beauty and the Beast retelling? Steampunk or Victorian dyspotian fantasy? All I know is that it's beautiful and captivating.

Feathers tells the story of Poe, an adopted boy born with feathers and hollow bones. Poe lives in a Dicken-esque world called the Maze filled with thieving orphans and poverty. He is the only one who looks like he does, and his adoptive father shelters him from the world f
tony dillard jr
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it

Bianca is a young girl from the City, a white walled settlement that houses the upper class. Poe is from the Maze, an urban wasteland that encompasses the City. Born with black feathers, the odd looking boy operates in the shadows scavenging for food and shelter with his adopted dad, Gabriel. On a tour of the Maze with her father, Bianca runs away in hopes of looking for adventure. But when she runs afoul of the both the palace guard and a gang of waifs called the Mice, Poe must step out of the
Matt Graupman
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
More often than not, when I pick up a comic that I know nothing about, I usually get it because of the art. And Jorge Corona's "Feathers" has some tremendous art! Nestled in that sweet spot between realistic and cartoon-y occupied by the likes of Mike Mignola, Skottie Young, Fabio Moon, and Humberto Ramos, Corona's drawings of Victorian-style buildings and the characters that live in them are reason alone to read this clever all-ages graphic novel. What surprised me, however, was the maturity of ...more
Apr 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
A solid title from Archaia about a boy with feathers having adventures in a quasi-Victorian London separated into the haves and have-nots by a giant wall. The have-nots live in the maze, with iffy architecture and children pickpockets who barely scrape a living but come off as rather Lord of the Flies. Poe, the Feathers of the title, lives in the maze with his adopted father and is meant to only go out at night to scavenge...but Poe can't stop himself from going out during the day to help the Di ...more
Mar 28, 2016 rated it liked it
My nephew recommended this book to me--- so once he was finished with it, I stole it away. I was looking forward to a new comic book....especially since the artwork was amazing. Sadly, I was a bit confused and disappointed by the storyline....certain details were never explained (why a maze/city? who was the guide?...why do they mistrust each other?) and I was left a bit lost. I am not daft, but I found that the white feathered guide/statue needed some more backstory....and the hypnotic music wa ...more
Stephanie Tournas
Poe as a baby is abandoned on the street. He is rescued by Gabriel, who, when he sees that Poe is covered all over in black feathers, knows that the baby is special. Gabriel protects him and teaches him to stay away from the Mice in the Maze and the rich people from the City beyond the Wall. As a child, even though he is an outcast, Poe also is always on the lookout to protect the Mice, orphan children scavenging for food on the streets of the Maze. Z, the leader of the Mice, thinks that Poe is ...more
Dakota Morgan
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Jorge Corona creates a beautiful and fascinating world of haves and havenots (and birdmen), but never quite fills in all the blanks to explain why certain aspects of the world exist. Specifically, why are there birdmen? Or a birdboy, in this case. So if you pick up Feathers with the hope that there will be an explanation for why a boy has feathers, prepare to be disappointed.

But if you pick up Feathers hoping for a fast-paced, involving story featuring a Beauty and the Beast-style friendship bet
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Gorgeously illustrated, although some of the children's body shapes looked a little deformed (like a Japanese manga chibi rather than an actual child's shape), but I loved the coloring and the drawing style. Poe's minimal character design reminded me of a sleek verson of +Anima
s Cooro (and now I'd like to reread that series), or, perhaps, Bakuman's Crow character. I wish we had a bit more expansion on the world building, because I still was lost regarding the Guides, the feathers, and the overar
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Part adventure and part fantasy story about Feathers who is a self-appointed guardian of the Mice. A group of orphaned children living in the Maze which is outside the white walled city. His pop wants to continue to hide him away and protect him from those who would see him as different and would want to hurt him. Then a girl from the city crosses his path that promises to take him to the Guardian, who has feathers just like him. Surrounding this is the mysterious being who is taking the Mice an ...more
In the span of 6 chapters, the heroine had a huge character development. From a snarky brat into a tolerable sidekick. Whopee.

I really like Poe, I have no idea how old is he, I'm imagining around 8. He was defiant to his pop because he wanted answers and despite the fact that he was shunned after he showed himself to the world, he still had his chin up. A tad grim for a middle grade book but when I think about it, I read the same kind of thing when I was younger so it is suitable. Similar settin
May 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Artwork and characters - 4 stars
Story - 2 stars
I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who was a bit confused by the story. We have two unnamed characters conversing at both the beginning and the end of the story - two opposing sides, we gather - but we are never clued in to who they are. I get the impression of one identity, but not the other, and it never really feels like it ties into the story of Poe. Poe, Bianca, and the secondary characters, however, are cute enough (particularly Poe & Bi
Colona Public Library
Dec 12, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ashley
So this feels like a mixture of The BoxTrolls (Movie) and with an art style that reminds me of Ben 10 (TV series) but it is entirely its own thing! This is pretty good for one volume. I think the villian, who I fan named pied piper, has a cool power of song that controls the mice (a gang of small children) and has them under mind control while he leads them to his lair to take their souls to get feathers? At least, I think. Wasn't 100% clear on magic stuff and he was really short lived. This giv ...more
Rachel Fellows
Oct 14, 2016 rated it liked it
I had a difficult time getting into this because I couldn't really connect with the characters or the setting. I also found the character design a tad off putting, which is usually a deal breaker for me when reading graphic novels. But I kept on and was pleased to see the latter half was more engaging than the first half.

The story deals with a walled off city and a mysterious feathered boy who lives in the "maze" outside of the city, where the poor folk dwell, along with a deranged child kidnapp
Richly illustrated, and a likable pair of protagonists. A review on the back of the book said this comic belonged in every graphic novel collection. I'm not sure about that, but it was a fun story set in an alternate regency-era world. The main character can fly, and he's covered in feathers. He befriends a girl who lives inside a walled community, and they battle a mysterious villain capturing children.
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Just outstanding from start to finish. The dialogue is crisp and clear, the pacing is well-balanced, and the art is beautiful. It has a vaguely Victorian feel, but is set in a fantasy world which allows a boy with feathers to exist. The end leaves the reader with more questions than answers, and I would have liked a little more detail on the antagonist, but it definitely leaves you hungry for more.
A rather intriguing story about a mysterious boy covered with feathers and the walled city surrounded by the chaotic maze. There is a brief touch on the idea of "Beauty and the Beast" with the boy, Poe, meeting and befriending the city girl, Bianca, by chance. Overall, I enjoyed Poe's story, and I wonder where the author will choose to go from here judging by the up-in-the-air ending.
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
DUDE. If you want a fascinating fantasy with cool, stylized illustrations and delightful characters, this is the book for you. There were a few parts that felt predictable, but I'm willing to forgive that for the atmosphere created and dynamic art that went along with the story. It's a quick read, with lovable characters, in a crooked world that's begging for more exploration.
Reminded me a lot of Amulet, but within a different world from the start. Constant action propels you forward, but sometimes that action is a little baffling or underdeveloped. Regardless, I think Amulet fans will enjoy.
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017-2018-bes
I liked Poe but this story confuses me, especially the beginning and end. I get that the author is trying to create a bit of mystery but it’s hard when the reader is pretty much clueless about what is happening. The really pointy faces of many of the characters kind of bugged me too.
Apr 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Fun, original, and still a bit mysterious, even at the end. I enjoyed the characters, and feel like they easily sidestep any gender bias without making any kind of fanfare about it. Poe and Bianca are interesting and brave but behave believably for children. Liked it very much
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