FLOCK OF ANGELS (Tenshi no Mure, “Flock of Angels”) ??????? • Shoko Hamada • Aurora Publishing (2007-2008) • Asahi Sonorama (Nemurenu Yoru no Kimyo na Hanashi, 2003-2005) • 3 volumes • Science Fiction Drama • 13+ (mild violence, brief sexual situations)
One day, young clothesmaker Shea Libbs begins to grow functional wings on his back. After a period of hiding his condition, he ends up on TV and becomes a minor celebrity, and discovers that there are other people with wings, a result of the spreading “angelosis” virus which landed on earth in a meteor 100 years ago. Although the art is sketchy at best, this YA series–reminiscent of X-Men and Maximum Ride–tells its story well. The central theme is an anti-prejudice message, but refreshingly there is no real “bad guy”; the story spans Shea’s young adulthood and takes him from a government school for young angels, to a group of angel rock stars, to a mysterious society of black-winged angels whose most beautiful daughter wins his heart. While crudely drawn and at times lacking tension, it deserves praise for telling a complete story and avoiding the herky-jerky storytelling all too common in manga.
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