My headlong rush into mainstream comics has made me feel as if I’m leaving more independent (if in tone and not in publisher) and original material behind. Today’s recommendations are all pretty much courtesy of The Unwritten (drop everything and go find a copy now!)—one was written by Mike Carey, and the other merely advertised in its pages. And both deal with celestial beings!
My Faith in Frankie by Mike Carey, Sonny Liew, and Marc Hempel
A digest-sized, black-and-white trade paperback reprinting the 4-issue Vertigo miniseries from writer Mike Carey (LUCIFER) and artists Sonny Liew and Marc Hempel, MY FAITH IN FRANKIE tells the story of a girl who discovers that having your own personal deity isn’t all it’s cracked up to be – particularly when you’re trying to get a boyfriend and your god turns out to be jealous! But as Frankie moves precariously into adulthood and her god Jeriven tries to win her back, sinister forces are at work that could spell disaster far beyond a broken heart, and Frankie and Jeriven will both have to do some fast growing-up if they’re going to survive. This collection also features sketchbook material from Liew and preview pages of Jill Thompson’s upcoming VERTIGO title THE DEAD BOY DETECTIVES, guest-starring Death and presented in the same black-and-white manga format as DEATH: AT DEATH’S DOOR.
I think My Faith in Frankie is being reissued, hence my encounter with an ad for it; but my interest was peaked in a sample posted on a comics community in fandom. It looked cute and original, and certainly warranted a further look, being a short miniseries and all.
Greg McElhatton at Read About Comics thoroughly enjoyed the first issue, noting its whimsical nature, and Publishers Weekly gave it a glowing review.
My Faith in Frankie was serialized in 2004.
A Flight of Angels edited by Rebecca Guay
The 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.
Why do I want to read this? It’s simple—it looks gorgeous, and I haven’t read any comics anthologies yet. It’s time to fill that gap in my reading education. Also: angels.
A Flight of Angels was published on November 8, 2011.