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Monday, February 1, 2010

Maximum Ride: The Manga, volumes 1 and 2

#1 Summary (from

Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride, better known as Max, knows what it's like to soar above the world. She and all the members of the "flock"--Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel--are just like ordinary kids--only they have wings and can fly. It may seem like a dream come true to some, but their lives can morph into a living nightmare at any when Angel, the youngest member of the flock, is kidnapped and taken back to the "School" where she and the others were experimented on by a crew of wack jobs. Her friends brave a journey to blazing hot Death Valley, CA, to save Angel, but soon enough, they find themselves in yet another nightmare--this one involving fighting off the half-human, half-wolf "Erasers" in New York City. Whether in the treetops of Central Park or in the bowels of the Manhattan subway system, Max and her adopted family take the ride of their lives. Along the way Max discovers from her old friend and father-figure Jeb--now her betrayed and greatest enemy--that her purpose is save the world--but can she?

#2 Summary (from 
Having recovered Angel, Max and the flock head to New York City to pursue a lead regarding their true identities. But where the flock goes, erasers are sure to follow! Even more troubling, though, is the voice that's begun whispering in Max's head. Is it really her destiny to save the world?

All that I have to say is: Wow. Narae Lee does a spectacular job taking the books and making them visual. I felt like I was reading Maximum Ride for the first time again. I think that how she imagines the characters is pretty spot on. Except I'm not sure about Fang's super long anime hair, but that's okay. The manga definitely seems like a more condensed version of the books, but everything important was there. The only thing missing was an in depth look at the characters feelings, which would be really hard to do for a graphic novel. They are very light reading, each of these took me less than an hour. I can't wait for the third one to come out!

Overall: I'm very pleased with how these came out, but they're still not as good as the books: 4.5 stars!

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