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Comic Book / Max Ride: First Flight

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A 5-part miniseries retelling of The Angel Experiment, the first book in James Patterson’s Maximum Ride series, written by Marguerite Bennett, drawn by Alex Sanchez and published by Marvel Comics.

Provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Distillation: The plot is greatly simplified, with many of the New York scenes (such as one where the Flock visits a fancy restaurant) excised completely.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the original books Max was blonde (or occasionally brunette) but here she is a redhead.
  • Adaptation Personality Change:
    • In the novels Fang has the informed personality of being a stoic loner, but is depicted here as a friendly Deadpan Snarker.
    • Max had a minor Girls Rule-Boys Drool type attitude - shown when she sees a group of boys picking on a girl - Ella, which is absent from the comic.
  • Adaptational Context Change: The Gasman’s name. In the book it was because he had an iffy digestive tract causing him to fart a lot, here it’s because he’s good with machinery- in particular explosives.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: In the books whilst Gazzy was capable of building bombs and various pyrotechnics, he otherwise came of as a typical 8-year old. Here in addition to having manual computer skills, he’s also been given an affinity with machinery and had his childishness severely downplayed.
  • Bland-Name Product: In Issue #1, amongst the pile of stuffed animals in Angel’s room is an unnamed Captain Ersatz of a Care Bear can be seen but with a symbol on its forehead instead of its stomach.
  • Comic-Book Adaptation: Of Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment.
  • Cyborg: The Flock, unlike in the book series where their wings were the result of genetic-engineering, here their wings are now entirely mechanical, built into their spines and capable of folding inside their own bodies for space.
  • Duck!: This exchange in Issue #1:
    Eraser swipes at Iggy.
    Angel: Iggy, Duck!
  • Girls Love Stuffed Animals: In Issue #1, when Max enters Angel’s room a large pile of stuffed animals can be seen on the other side of the open door. A couple more can be seen on the floor in the next panel.
  • The Navigator: Iggy, who despite being blind, is described by Max as "a human compass" because he was genetically engineered with the power to know the exact location of where he is at any given time.
  • Purple Is the New Black: The Erasers appear to have blue fur most of the time, but in some panels their fur is either black or grey.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The Erasers - genetically engineered wolf-men sent to capture the protagonists have glowing red eyes. Notably in close up panels, their eyeballs, irises and pupils are shown to be entirely red.
  • Third Eye: Ari is shown to have three eyes, in contrast to the rest of the Erasers who have the regular two eyes. This probably to mark his status as The Dragon to Jeb whilst the rest of the Erasers are just nameless mooks.