Reading MAXIMUM RIDE, VOL. 1 was a wonderful escape back to the days I loved the MAXIMUM RIDE series – before the disappointment of FINAL WARNING (I haven’t read MAX yet). For those of you who have been living under a rock for several years, here is a quick run down of the story.Six kids are living on their own after being rescued from a scientific medical facility by one of its doctors. Max, the oldest, is left to care for the others after Jeb (the doctor) disappears. Max, Fang, Izzy, Nudge, Gazzy, and Angel aren’t like other children. They’ve had 2% bird DNA incorporated into their genetic makeup. Because of the bird DNA they have light bones, a larger lung capacity, and wings. The scientists spent years forcing the children to live in cages and conducting painful experiments on them. Izzy is even blind because of one of the experiments. The “flock” will do everything they can to stay away from The School (what they grew up calling the lab they were raised in), but when Angel, the youngest of the group at age six, is kidnapped they must ignore their fears and go to the school to try and save her.The illustrations by NaRae Lee are spectacular. Max is beautiful, Fang is sexy, and Angel is angelic (ha!). Even though the graphic novel is just a rehash of the novel, it was still fun to read. The second volume is due out in October. Here is the schedule for the future. Apparently they are planning to keep the graphic novel going for some time.