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First Look: James Patterson's Maximum Ride Manga

By April 10, 2008

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Oh Yen Press -- you're so low-key, it's almost lovable. After announcing in December that they'll be debuting a manga version of James Patterson's bestselling Maximum Ride series in their Yen Plus anthology magazine in Summer '08, we haven't heard a peep.

But a quick browse through the Free Comic Book Day page reveals down at the bottom a sneak peek of pages from Maximum Ride, which is their featured giveaway on Free Comic Book Day, May 3. If you click on the cover artwork, it'll launch a download of a 5-page PDF preview of sample pages created by newcomer Narae Lee.

Free Comic Book Day is exactly that -- a day when anyone can pop into their local comic shop and pick up some free comics. Many major publishers (and more than a few indies) are participating, with a few manga publishers in the mix too, with a Shonen Jump sampler from VIZ Media and a "Gekiga" sampler from Drawn and Quarterly on tap to be there for the takin'. Find a participating comic shop near you with this handy comic shop locator and mark your calendars for May 3 to pick up your freebies.

UPDATE: Maximum Ride is currently serialized in Yen Plus magazine, with the graphic novel due out in early 2009.

UPDATE: As of February 2009, Maximum Ride Volume 1 is out and I posted my review of the graphic novel. Readers are also welcome to share their reviews of the Maximum Ride graphic novel. Just click on "write a review" at the top of the page, near the star ratings.

Image credit: © James Patterson / NaRae Lee


June 25, 2008 at 6:48 pm
(1) Fly Angel says:

I am really wanting to know when this manga will come out. Please post the date!

July 2, 2008 at 7:03 pm
(2) Hana says:

It comes out January 09.

July 4, 2008 at 3:13 pm
(3) evilmon13 says:

Man, I am chomping at the bit waiting for this to come out! I’m kind of bummed, I thought it was coming out later this year.

July 4, 2008 at 3:19 pm
(4) manga says:

It’s actually going to debut in July in Yen Plus Magazine, in monthly installments. I think when January ’09 is mentioned as the debut, that’s when the graphic novel is scheduled to come out.

July 14, 2008 at 5:00 pm
(5) Max_Freak says:

OMFG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!! AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHWWWWWWWW!!!!! I SO WANNA READ THAT OMFG!!!!!! I cant wait for that to come out in January, it will be so interesting and all! AH! i cant wait! yay! i didnt even expect it! i was sitting here looking for info aobut the fifth book and i saw and i was like WWWOOOOOWWWWWW!!!! I AM SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!!!!!! Does it come out in america too? Gosh i hope so!

email me with information about that please at.


August 5, 2008 at 1:06 am
(6) AngulusProject says:

This will be very interesting to see. I intend on picking it up on release date no matter what the cost.

Saw the first few pages actually. Fang is hot…

August 8, 2008 at 6:01 pm
(7) human-cat-hybrid says:

OMFG Cant Wait Dose Any One have A date For when It Comes Out In America???? If You Do Plz Tell Me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

August 8, 2008 at 6:11 pm
(8) manga says:

It’s already out! You can check out the first chapter in the pages of Yen Plus magazine, which just hit the newsstands this month. I think the first graphic novel volume should be out in early 2009.

August 19, 2008 at 4:38 am
(9) Random2795 says:

i saw a yen plus magazine at metrotown, in Canada, BC. i looked in it and i found that manga… its seems pretty good but i couldn’t read much cuz i was in a hurry.
When it comes out im probably gonna buy it!

August 19, 2008 at 10:27 pm
(10) christy says:

i love maximum ride and i cant wait 2 c what manga is about i hope it lives up to the max ride.
also cant wait 4 d movie…i soo love fang

fly on

October 3, 2008 at 9:12 am
(11) AngelsNeverDie........ says:

omg i didnt know about thiss wow l love reading maximum ride and now it in a manga or anime comic sikkk ohh man l hope it is out before my bday or that will suck any ways it is soo cool>.

October 6, 2008 at 6:18 pm
(12) Fang230 says:

I love Manga. I love Maximum Ride. And now i love the person who came up with this!!!!!
DIS IS SO FRICKIN AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

October 21, 2008 at 11:08 pm
(13) Pachi says:

I like the manga better than the actual books XD
More expressions~!
yenpress.com has release datesfor their manga- http://yenpress.us/?page_id=444
That’s the direct link to the page. THE ART IS PRETTY!
And the site has a REALLY badly made flash of the first few pages in color. Pretty- but badly made.

October 23, 2008 at 8:57 pm
(14) Kei says:

Awsome~ Cant wait till it comes out, but im curious is it coming out lyk in a manga form? or lyk the normal comic ones lyk the Marvel stuff…i think it’s marvel…

November 5, 2008 at 9:48 am
(15) Misha says:

YAY!!!! I cand wait for it to come out im so excited!!!!

November 16, 2008 at 7:01 pm
(16) Faxness says:

Woo! By any chance you know when it’ll come out in the UK?

November 17, 2008 at 2:25 pm
(17) manga_freak says:

woo hoo, anyone know if i can see the rest of this before the release??

November 17, 2008 at 7:53 pm
(18) manga says:

Faxness — it’ll be released the same time in the UK as the US, sometime in January or so. Yen Press releases all their manga concurrently in US / UK and Canada, one of the few that does so.

manga_freak — if you want to read it before the graphic novel comes out, just pick up copies of Yen Plus magazine! They’re up to issue 4 now, so get crackin’!

December 3, 2008 at 11:23 pm
(19) max+fang4Eva says:

Its coming out rof USA in jan. 2009. And the vol.2 will come out in oct. 2009….

December 7, 2008 at 12:07 am
(20) Maximum_Lover says:

can anyone tell me when the first Maximum Ride movie is coming out? Or did it already come out? please tell me any info you have on it at earthbendervera@aol.com

December 29, 2008 at 12:21 am
(21) Forgotten says:

Man, that looks awesome O_O Now I’m going to have to run to Walmart and get Yen Press really quick xD

December 29, 2008 at 5:40 pm
(22) Iggylover43 says:

i love iggy! but…isnt he supposed to ba a strawberry-blonde? in ever pic i’ve seen, they have him as YELLOW-blonde. sorry, stuff like that bugs me. i wish i could fly. and random thought, i’m glad iggy didnt end up with tess. i wish they were a few years older…ah the dreams of a used-to-be-fifteen-now-sixteen year old… so… would you think a half angel would fit in and fall in love with iggy? and have those feelings returned? fan fics are fun. i havnt started it yet, but i will, i will.

January 3, 2009 at 10:05 pm
(23) Iggydabomb says:

…..I saw Iggy….HE IS WAY HOTTER THAN FANG IS IN THE MANGA! Fang looks all ninja-y and Japanese but Iggy……dude….

I love Iggy!

January 6, 2009 at 3:26 pm
(24) book_hooked says:

so ppl tell me, did the Manga come out yeeeeet? I CANNOT WAIT!!!

P.S. Maximum_Lover, the movie isnt coming out fer a while. check that out on google.

January 11, 2009 at 2:09 am
(25) ...Catgirl!... says:

Oh. My. God.

So, if I’ve read the comments above correctly….this….is scheduled to come out in the UK=….sometime this month?!!
Or is it out already?!
AAHH! Waaaantt iittt!! O.o

January 24, 2009 at 6:34 am
(26) FangIsTooHot says:

does anyone know when it comes out in Australia??? Also, how do you get the free download cause i cant find it!

January 24, 2009 at 11:45 am
(27) manga says:

The downloadable preview is available at this URL:

sorry, no word on when it’ll be available in Australia, but it will be released simultaneously in the U.S. and U.K. on January 27, 2009.

February 23, 2009 at 5:20 pm
(28) Bella_Max says:

Fang’s hair sucks.

February 28, 2009 at 2:33 pm
(29) Fang says:

yeah i strongly sugjest changing fangs hair

March 3, 2009 at 5:56 pm
(30) Nicole says:

Yeah!When will the book come out? I’m really wanting to know. Please powt it!!!

March 4, 2009 at 10:32 am
(31) manga says:

The first volume of the graphic novel is already out and available in stores. Here’s the URL with my review:

March 11, 2009 at 2:11 pm
(32) Laura says:

When does it come out in the Uk, as I have not seen it here :S ? x

May 6, 2009 at 6:25 am
(33) dark_angel!!! says:

they used pic from Fang’s blog and it comming out in July i U.S.A i feel sorry for who ever doesn’t get it before July….T_T I need a hug

May 10, 2009 at 11:51 pm
(34) mr lovr says:

i love mr! it rcks. if u no any1 who doesnt agree, introduce me and ill pound them. jk, but not really. ill pound them verbally. and i agree that fangs hair should be shorter. way shorter.

May 20, 2009 at 11:46 am
(35) Christi_Kat_Serpent says:

that is completely and totally awesome! you get to see all the characters and how they look. i have already read it and it is so cool!! i can’t wait until the second volume!!!!! Ya-ha!!!!

September 30, 2009 at 5:57 pm
(36) Jacob Martin says:

the book was amazing can not weight till the next one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

October 24, 2009 at 10:52 pm
(37) Alleamaxy Daemon says:

I cant wait for this too come out! im in the middle of no where so finding it in a store is out of the question, and we dont have a libary, so hallaluyah (when it comes out)!

November 7, 2009 at 10:41 pm
(38) BRITTA says:

yaaaahhhh i cant wait my bdays in december *(13!)* so im gonna buy it cant wait for the next book!!

November 12, 2009 at 7:20 pm
(39) Mouse #1 says:

Hey I really want to know when the Magna is coming out. I love the series of Maximum Ride and I love anime! I’ve just learned how to draw anime and I love it! So, really please please please please let me know when the Magna series is out

November 14, 2009 at 4:58 am
(40) Kat says:

listen i like maximum ride but i already read this 1 it waz cool but sorry to hurt fang lover bad but his hair looks like a girl sorry to say that :\ i just know i’m going to get floged from angry fang fans (-_-”)

November 28, 2009 at 12:30 am
(41) rae-rae says:

when will the manga be in walmart @ Austin,MN, or Mason City,IA?

November 28, 2009 at 1:33 pm
(42) manga says:

Hi Rae-Rae:
I can’t say specifically when these books will arrive at your nearby Walmart — but since booth Maximum Ride Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 are out, you could do a few things:
1) request that your local Walmart carry it
2) find a local bookstore or comics store and request it from them. Most will be happy to do a special order for you, if they don’t already have it in stock.
4) order them online! Both Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com have these books in stock and can ship them to your doorstep in a matter of days.

enjoy! it’s a good read, so be sure to pick them up!

December 2, 2009 at 10:13 pm
(43) jacinta says:

i have just read this, its saddly only half a book

i love the pictures in it tho…

December 10, 2009 at 10:04 am
(44) Flower_Blooming_Dead says:

Yupperz! I can not wait to read this! I’m also looking forward to reading Max and Fang comes out in March, I believe. ^ ^ <3

December 30, 2009 at 9:48 am
(45) Iggy says:

Wow I can’t wait for the third, I don’t look too bad myself. ;)

May 12, 2010 at 2:54 pm
(46) elf girl says:

I want to read but can’t find it.

May 14, 2010 at 11:59 am
(47) Olivia says:

i love maximum ride

May 24, 2010 at 2:12 am
(48) drakkard says:

maximum Ride is the Best . .!!!

May 25, 2010 at 2:43 am
(49) iwannareadmax says:

i cant wait for my friend to lend me her copy of Max and then Fang. *screams happily*

May 27, 2010 at 8:28 pm
(50) BadddkITTY says:

im getting it tommorrow im SOOOO EXCITED.

June 3, 2010 at 1:33 pm
(51) Kait says:

I LOVE Fang. His long hair at first was really hot, but now that he’s gotten his hair cut… Yummy. I’ve only read the first 2 mangas, unfortunately, but they’re great. I’m looking forward to anything else they have out already. I must say, that Maximum Ride and Fang are both my favourite characters.

December 11, 2010 at 10:36 am
(52) max-101 says:

they made a movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! holy crap when is it commin out!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

December 11, 2010 at 10:38 am
(53) max says:

when does the movie come out?

December 11, 2010 at 11:54 am
(54) manga says:

Hi Max:

Hm. I don’t know if/when a Maximum Ride movie is coming out. I only know that the three volumes of the Maximum Ride graphic novels) are out and available now from Yen Press.

I’d say check James Patterson’s Maximum Ride website for more info on the movie, if there is, in fact, one in the works.



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