Maximum Ride: The Manga, Vol. 3
written by James Patterson
illustrated by NaRae Lee
In the wake of the Flock’s battle in and escape from New York City the Flock encounters something that makes their blood chill while en route to Washington, D.C.: flying Erasers. It seems every time the Erasers come after them, there is always a most unwelcome new feature to them. During the ensuing dogfight, Fang is seriously injured, forcing the Flock to leave him in the care of a human hospital.
During Fang’s stay, an FBI agent appears and strikes a deal with Max: shelter in exchange for a chance to “learn about the Flock in noninvasive ways.”
Naturally, Max doesn’t want to decide until Fang is healthy again, but during the night, Max witnesses a horrifying sight: she sees herself as an Eraser when she looks in a mirror. For now, she passes it off as a hallucination, and when Fang fully recovers the next morning, Max decides to take Anne up on her offer. Anne brings the Flock to her home, a farmhouse on 50 acres of land containing everything they could ever need to live in peace. However, as they explore their new home, watching from afar is a certain Eraser who knows Max very well!
This is not all, as our heroes make more discoveries within a short time: that Angel’s dog, Total, can speak English, and that Max now haves the ability to fly at the speed of light! While on a late night excursion to the city, they begin to investigate clues to Iggy’s home, but to no avail.
Affairs do not improve for them very much, as Ari reveals himself once more and attacks the Flock. Will things ever get easier for them?
Despite it being a graphic novel, so many things happened in this volume, I felt like I was reading a full-length novel. Narae Lee certainly has a way of bringing James Patterson’s brilliant and imaginative creation to illustrative life. Anyone who picks up this series will not be disappointed, only becoming more engrossed with each passing installment.