Max Ride: First Flight #2 REVIEW: 8/10! Meeting a mother for the first time

Review by Draven Katayama (loudlysilent)

Marguerite Bennett’s tale of a group (a “flock”) of kids who were raised in a lab and given angel-like wings continues. Last issue, Maximum (Max) Ride was shot while trying to save a girl’s life. Here, Max wakes up in the home of Ella, the girl she saved, and is stunned to meet Ella’s mom. This is because she’s never met a mom before. Marguerite Bennett writes superior internal monologue from Max. Max’s fears, grief over losing a past parental figure, and longing for the reassurance of a mother are what make this issue so moving.

I love Alex Sanchez and Esther Sanz’s art. Sanchez uses lots of lines to detail objects like hammocks and trees, and the level of detail is astounding. When Max wakes up in Ella’s bedroom, there’s a cool poster of a singer on the wall, and a hockey stick leans in the corner. These artistic touches communicate that this comic is a labor of love for the creators, and not just a work to quickly produce. I like Sanz’s use of large swatches of bold solid colors, like Ella’s plum shirt and Max’s fiery red hair.

We envy fictional characters for their powers, but Marguerite Bennett shows us that the most enviable thing is to be truly loved and cared for. Max Ride is a character we can sympathize with. I appreciate how the creators have assembled a cast with a diversity of appearances and body types. Readers of all ages will enjoy this story. Marguerite Bennett creates a touching, suspenseful story with courageous characters.

RATING: 8 out of 10

Release date: April 29, 2015