Best selling author James Patterson is a veritable story factory with his Alex Cross and Maximum Ride franchises, but he’s been pretty successful in the GN realm as well, with several manga-infused adaptations of his work from various publishers. But now he’s teaming up with Marvel for some Max Ride comics— the first series Max Ride: First Flight came out earlier this year, and here’s a follow-up series due in JAMES PATTERSON’S MAX RIDE: ULTIMATE FLIGHT #1 by Jody Houser and RB Silva. These kind of YA prose adaptations continue to be a stealth success story for all-ages graphics novels.
Writer Jody Houser (Avengers: No More Bullying, Orphan Black) and artist R.B. Silva (Spider-Man & The X-Men, Secret Wars Journal) take the reins on the fast paced high stakes adventures of Max, a teenage girl, who due to genetic tampering is part human and part avian! After escaping from their creators and now on the run, Max and her “Flock” use their extraordinary abilities to defend themselves and save the world. Now more determined than ever to learn the truth, they’ll stop at nothing to uncover the secrets of their origins and discover the limits of their new found abilities. But when a new stranger enters their lives, she’ll turn their whole world upside down!
“Seeing heroes who look like us give us an example to aspire to,” says Houser on the importance of young heroes. “It shows us possibilities of what we can be, what we’re capable of. More importantly, seeing versions of ourselves in stories shows us that we matter.”
JAMES PATTERSON’S MAX RIDE: ULTIMATE FLIGHT #1 (of 5) Written by JODY HOUSER Art by R.B. SILVA Cover by YASMINE PUTRI On Sale November 2015!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.