By Elizabeth Wroten
Review: Flight of Angels
On 25, Mar 2013 | In Review | By Elizabeth Wroten
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 interpretations of these winged, celestial beings: tales of dangerous angels, all-powerful angels, guardian angels and death angels, that range from the mystical to the mysterious to the macabre.
I had a hard time with this one from the get go. It starts out with a really contrived “voice over” narrative that I found nearly impossible to get into. It got worse when the stories began reading like an exercise in angel lore rather than a fluid story. Quite frankly, it all felt like it was trying a little too hard.
That being said, I’m not much of one for angels so I was probably predisposed to not click with this book. I think the idea of stories within stories is really interesting and the ending has quite a twist to it. I can certainly see why this might appeal to the reluctant reader who likes fantasy, especially fantasy with darker undertones. The differing art from story to story was also an interesting concept.