Double Anthology Reviews: Flight/Secret Identities.

When I sought to read these books for the Summer, I must admit that I didn’t really have a clear synopsis of what they were about. Anthologies can mean anything, but a common theme should tie these random stories together. So instead of reviewing them separately, I’ll review them together. They’ve both earned positive reviews from their perspective niches.

Flight, Volume 3

My first impression was that the vignettes would all be connected to the theme of flight, hence the title “Flight.” But I was sadly misinformed as these stories are all linked by various writers and artists  to tell random stories of fantasy. While the 26 tales are highly creative and original featuring monsters, youthful journeys, and anthropomorphized animals, I still didn’t feel get it. Many are good tales, but not enough to merit buying the book or reading the other volumes (5 in total). Still, I especially enjoyed the wordless tales such as the fox following a butterfly to a enchanted kingdom guarded by a perilous dragon and the tale of a boy helping a shape-shifting monsters from poachers. Some other noteworthy tales were the rebellious cloud aiming to be free and the sad tale of a girl who wishes to stop flying so she could be normal. Volume 3 mixes fantasy with a kid’s perspective from some of the most imaginative people in comics and animation. May not be for me, but still worth a checkout.

My Rating: B-

Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology

This book had a promising premise with a very long title: stories with a perspective of the Asian American experience from some of the best Asian writers and artists in the industry. The stories were entertaining as they delved into the Asian American history everything from Hiroshima, World War II, and The Gold Rush, only with a super-heroic perspective. While witty and funny, I found many of the stories to be forgettable because some stories craved more attention. It’s mostly great for it’s subtext as it deals with issues like male emasculation, racism, power, and our own representation amongst the masses. Again, I’m not a fan of manga art, so I felt disconnected from the beginning.  It’s not my cup of tea, but the lessons are the best part. Worth to check out if you’re bored at Borders.

My Rating: C


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