I'll Save the World With Wings

Another Manga Wednesday post!

In middle school, I became a fan of  the Maximum Ride series. The story, which is a little long, has something to do with the reason why this blog was started. (You can find the story here.)

A couple of years later, I found that Yen Press had made a manga version of the story. I never read the manga series until now.

Now, I find myself with less time on my hands. On average, it takes me one third of the time it takes to read a novel when I'm reading manga. (Other factors apply, such as writing style, length, etc.)

Since I still want to know what's going on with the Maximum Ride series, I recently took a ride [pun not intended] with Maximum Ride, the manga version. The art is by NaRae Lee, an young Korean artist who attended Chung Kang University in Korea. According to an interview on about.com, NaRae Lee was hired as the artist because an editor (JuYoun Lee) at Yen Press saw NaRae's art in a magazine published by NaRae's college.

The manga version of Maximum Ride, like  the Daniel X comics, follows the story line to boot. Max Ride, seemingly normal teenage girl, has wings. It's the result of a cross-species genetic experiment (The movie, Amazing Spiderman comes to mind when I say that) that has left her flock with wings. Max doesn't know who her parents were and no one in the flock know who their parents are.

Maximum Ride, the comic starts off with Max running away from Eraser, a lupine/human mix that's charged with killing the avian/human experiments, namely Max and her flock, in a dream. Max awakes, and she attempts to cook breakfast for her flock, who she thinks of as family. Later, they go outside, to find that Erasers discovered their hideout and they take Angel, a young girl who is part of Max's flock captive. Thus begins Max and her flock's adventures as they try to evade Erasers and find Angel.

The art is very expressive, capturing the variations of human emotions (or avian/human emotions for the picky) very nicely. Even though NaRae Lee is quite young for a comic artist, the art is very detailed and the color inserts are nicely done.

The comics has a distinctly American feel which is quite a feat since the artist is based in Korea. Congrats NaRae Lee!

I also enjoyed the short afterward at the back of the book from NaRae Lee. I like getting to know the author, not only through their work but also through their thoughts. I hope the author afterward can be included in future volumes! (Though the extra pages may be an extra production cost...)

You can find NaRae Lee's blog (in Korean) here: blog.naver.com/nare870815

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