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Hawes, Louise

A Flight of Angels

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9781401221478The 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.

This original graphic novel spotlights the painted work of award-winning artist Rebecca Guay, whose other workds include the Vertigo titles VEILS and DESTINY: A CHRONICLE OF DEATHS FORETOLD, as well as World of Warcraft, Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons and Dragons.


Series Title
A Flight of Angels
DC Comics, Vertigo
Book Format
Original Languages
Number of Pages
Hawes, Louise, Black, Holly, Willingham, Bill, Kwitney, Alisa, Mitchell, Todd
A Flight of Angels
Publication Date
December, 2012
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
10.12 x 6.66 x 0.15 Inches

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This is a beautifully ...

This is a beautifully done compilation. The art is gorgeous and is nicely complimented by the diversity of the stories, all of which tie together to a inevitable end. This is a graphic novel that will be worth re-reading.

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The artwork is sumptuo...

The artwork is sumptuous. It varies from story to story so there really is a style for everyone. I liked the stories just fine, but the artwork is what will make you come back to this over and over.

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I know the book was co...

I know the book was conceived of and illustrated by Rebecca Guay, but I lost the art in the story. Perhaps that was the point of it, but I am left feeling a little disappointed. Great story, and definitely worth the time I invested, I just feel that the storytelling outshone the art.

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An angel falls into a ...

An angel falls into a place of fairy tales and magic. Lying unconscious, unaware of fate he draws the denizens of the wood; witches and fawns, dryads and elves and all with their own view what to do. But this being a place of stories, well they take turns to tell who he is and what he has done and so decide his fate, Each story is written by different people, with a framing story to keep tight reign on the plot. This proves to be a mixed bag of mostly good stories: The 1st story is the weakest; a retelling of Adam & Eve and man's shallowness (maybe I am just fed up with this being retold). The rest are more interesting though; a edgy tale of duty and murder or a beautiful story of romance. My favourite is the last, more a vignette, a twisting idea but one I was very taken with. In fact I might be more enthusiastic but the ending was tad lacklustre to this jaded reader, fresh eyes may find it shocking and intriguing in equal measure.. Of course the real reason you want to pick up a copy, is the gorgeous dreamy artwork by Guay and its displayed to such good effect, with different style to match the story. Recommended for lovers of fairy tales and beautiful art

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The back copy does a g...

The back copy does a great job of summarizing this. Basically an angel falls from the sky and a group of faeries find him. They then conduct a tribunal to decide what to do with him. As part of this tribunal each of the faeries tell a story of where they think the angel came from and how he ended up fallen. The main story including the faeries was done in sepia tones while the stories that they tell (each one by a different author) were done in full color. There is a variety of artistic style throughout (each story that the faeries tell has its own style) and all of it is very beautiful. I enjoyed the art a lot and thought it was stunning to look at. I do wish that the book had been a bit clearer about which story was by which author. They tell you in the front of the book, but as you read the graphic novel the transitions to the different story (while clear because of the switch to color) don't specify which story and author you are switching to. The whole thing is decently put together but ends up feeling more like a loosely connected series of short stories about angelic origins than an actual graphic novel. The plot of the faeries contemplating where the angel has come from only loosely joins these stories together. Overall this was a good collection of angel stories loosely pulled together by an over-arcing plot. I really loved the illustration/art throughout and thought the stories were good, if not absolutely fantastic. I would recommend if you like fantasy graphic novels and/or are interested in angel themed short stories.


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