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A pilot wants nothing more than to fly. Or so he thought, until he crosses paths with a mysterious thief whose tricks draw him into unchartered territory and new adventure. In a life where the truth changes as quickly as clouds in the sky, the pilot must decide for himself what freedom really means. “Map A Course, Arrive Safe Home. That’s The Measure Of Your Achievement.” A A pilot wants nothing more than to fly. Or so he thought, until he crosses paths with a mysterious thief whose tricks draw him into unchartered territory and new adventure. In a life where the truth changes as quickly as clouds in the sky, the pilot must decide for himself what freedom really means. “Map A Course, Arrive Safe Home. That’s The Measure Of Your Achievement.” A pilot wants nothing more than to fly. Or so he thought, until he crosses paths with a mysterious thief whose tricks draw him into unchartered territory and new adventure. In a life where the truth changes as quickly as clouds in the sky, the pilot must decide for himself what freedom really means. Award-winning cartoonist A.C. Esguerra presents an unforgettable love letter to flight, the quest for freedom and the greatest adventure of all - love.


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A pilot wants nothing more than to fly. Or so he thought, until he crosses paths with a mysterious thief whose tricks draw him into unchartered territory and new adventure. In a life where the truth changes as quickly as clouds in the sky, the pilot must decide for himself what freedom really means. “Map A Course, Arrive Safe Home. That’s The Measure Of Your Achievement.” A A pilot wants nothing more than to fly. Or so he thought, until he crosses paths with a mysterious thief whose tricks draw him into unchartered territory and new adventure. In a life where the truth changes as quickly as clouds in the sky, the pilot must decide for himself what freedom really means. “Map A Course, Arrive Safe Home. That’s The Measure Of Your Achievement.” A pilot wants nothing more than to fly. Or so he thought, until he crosses paths with a mysterious thief whose tricks draw him into unchartered territory and new adventure. In a life where the truth changes as quickly as clouds in the sky, the pilot must decide for himself what freedom really means. Award-winning cartoonist A.C. Esguerra presents an unforgettable love letter to flight, the quest for freedom and the greatest adventure of all - love.

30 review for Eighty Days

  1. 4 out of 5

    Chad

    A queer romance set in the backdrop of psuedo World War II. Starts off about a pilot and a radio operator traveling through some made up countries while a fascist government (AVO) quickly starts taking over nearby countries. As soon as they figure out their love for one another, the book shifts to a new chapter that is completely war focused and the romance is dropped until the end while they are torn apart. The book's plot is mainly about radio signals. One of the main characters is a radio gen A queer romance set in the backdrop of psuedo World War II. Starts off about a pilot and a radio operator traveling through some made up countries while a fascist government (AVO) quickly starts taking over nearby countries. As soon as they figure out their love for one another, the book shifts to a new chapter that is completely war focused and the romance is dropped until the end while they are torn apart. The book's plot is mainly about radio signals. One of the main characters is a radio genius. It completely lost me as it just descends into gibberish as a plot device. At first I was with it and then it just kept on going to the point of nonsense. The book also spends a lot of time traveling between these made up countries. That was all meaningless to me though because the countries were never nothing more than just a made up name such as "Easterly". A map of the world would have helped greatly to make these movements more interesting. The art confounded me. Some pages looked gorgeous. Other pages were a swirl of smoke and speed lines to the point I couldn't make out anything on the page. I couldn't make out most of the action sequences. I think the author made everyone chain smoke just so they could add swirling smoke to every panel. An example of an action sequence. Please tell me what's happening on this page. I've read it and still don't know. But then the book opens with this. Nice clean lines. Great art.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gabriele | QueerBookdom

    DRC provided by BOOM! Studios via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Representation: queer protagonists, protagonist of colour, secondary and tertiary characters of colour. Content Warning: violence, oppression, war, mafia, bombing, death, homophobia, slurs, torture, post-traumatic stress disorder, child death, elitism. Eighty Days by A.C. Esguerra is a beautiful graphic novel set in the twentieth century in a land where the aviation controls most of the territory, its operations and its DRC provided by BOOM! Studios via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Representation: queer protagonists, protagonist of colour, secondary and tertiary characters of colour. Content Warning: violence, oppression, war, mafia, bombing, death, homophobia, slurs, torture, post-traumatic stress disorder, child death, elitism. Eighty Days by A.C. Esguerra is a beautiful graphic novel set in the twentieth century in a land where the aviation controls most of the territory, its operations and its citizens. The chance encounter of a pilot and a radio operator will bring about the birth of a resistance front that will fight its oppressors in order to re-establish peace in the continent. Despite a confusing first part, I really loved this story, the captivating drawings that accompanied it and its charming and complex characters. All three protagonists have very distinct personalities, but they all share one common trait, namely one cannot not love them. My favourite part of the novel was definitely the relationship between Jay and Fix which was simultaneously central and not the focus of the plot in an effortlessly intricate way who shared that kind of love that led to move mountains for one another. A.C. Esguerra’s debut is unquestionably a graphic novel everyone should read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Santy

    4.5 Stars! I love graphic novels so I was super excited when I got this. Turns out my excitement was warranted and I couldn't be happier with how it went. The story telling style took some getting used to (hence the 4.5 stars) but once I got into the story, I simply could not put it down. More often than not, books such as these focus too much on the art with the story being told feeling like some kind of afterthought. That was NOT the with this book as the art was great, and on par with the stor 4.5 Stars! I love graphic novels so I was super excited when I got this. Turns out my excitement was warranted and I couldn't be happier with how it went. The story telling style took some getting used to (hence the 4.5 stars) but once I got into the story, I simply could not put it down. More often than not, books such as these focus too much on the art with the story being told feeling like some kind of afterthought. That was NOT the with this book as the art was great, and on par with the storyline. Here, we got an intricate plot which kept me riveted till the very end. I enjoyed every second of it and will recommend it for fellow lovers of graphic novels. eARC Provided by Publisher in Exchange for an Honest, Unbiased review

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Eighty Days is a graphic novel written and illustrated by A.C. Esguerra. It centers on three protagonists: Jay, Fix, and Sable, as they navigate through the aviation guild AVO's methodical consolidation of world governments in this queer historical romance, set in a post-war, early 20th-century-esque world. Pilots Jay and Sable work for AVO, which owns all equipment and personnel and inhibits those unregistered with AVO from work or societal advancement. When street urchin Fix charters Jay to del Eighty Days is a graphic novel written and illustrated by A.C. Esguerra. It centers on three protagonists: Jay, Fix, and Sable, as they navigate through the aviation guild AVO's methodical consolidation of world governments in this queer historical romance, set in a post-war, early 20th-century-esque world. Pilots Jay and Sable work for AVO, which owns all equipment and personnel and inhibits those unregistered with AVO from work or societal advancement. When street urchin Fix charters Jay to deliver him to Central, Jay becomes embroiled in Fix's revolution to empower no-class people against AVO, paralleling Sable's journey as promotion further entrenches her. Eighty Days is written and constructed rather well. Esguerra's grayscale art, filled with sweeping, thick lines and tonal washes, builds the brooding atmosphere as the world plunges deeper in turmoil, romance blossoms between Jay and Fix, and the trio grapples with AVO's burgeoning grip on all of society. Told in a semi-epistolary format via entries in Jay's flight logbook and telegrams, this haunting, slow-burning exploration of the consequences of fascist capitalism soars, with the compelling romance between Jay and Fix as its primary fuel. All in all, Eighty Days is an unforgettable love letter to flight, the quest for freedom and the greatest adventure of all – love.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jill Kenna

    This was such a fantastic graphic novel! The story was amazing, the artwork was gorgeous, the pacing was near perfect. I would highly, highly recommend this to anyone. I will be definitely be purchasing a copy for myself as soon as possible.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Karina

    ― Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★ Eighty Days presents a haunting, poetic, tale of freedom and resistance when a jaded pilot and mysterious thief cross paths amid a brewing revolution! Esguerra's knack for layered storytelling comes to life through the vivid, detailed grayscale artwork. This is a fascinating, beautiful graphic novel with profound themes and characters at its core! Jay Corvidae is a jaded, but skilled pilot working for Avo, an industrial conglomerate of sorts that's taken control of much o ― Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★ Eighty Days presents a haunting, poetic, tale of freedom and resistance when a jaded pilot and mysterious thief cross paths amid a brewing revolution! Esguerra's knack for layered storytelling comes to life through the vivid, detailed grayscale artwork. This is a fascinating, beautiful graphic novel with profound themes and characters at its core! Jay Corvidae is a jaded, but skilled pilot working for Avo, an industrial conglomerate of sorts that's taken control of much of the world. Then one day when Jay gets an assignment to transport Fix, a no-class thief looking to find work and carrying secrets of his own. But allegiances change, truths are revealed and over the span of 300+ pages our trio of characters Jay, his best friend Sable, and thief Fix are given so much personality, history, each of their journeys are impactful. The narrative structure of this graphic novel is one of a kind, yet also uniquely crafted for this story alone. Told through an epistolary-like style, the narrative is told through diary entries, thoughts, brief notes, reports, messages, and communications which though initially can leave a lot for the reader to figure out on their own, speaks to the grand atmosphere and scale of the 20th century-inspired world. Esguerra's succinct writing voice, alongside their masterful artwork which isn't afraid to inform the reader through metaphorical imagery, using all the panel space, in addition to incorporating a variety of artistic techniques to dive deeper into the character's heads, make this single volume graphic novel span over the course of 80 days which reads like a historical fable filled with tragedy, but also hope. Also a main part of this story is the queer romance that propels the two love interests (Jay and Fix), its heartbreaking at times, but at its core sweet and magnificent! Its got a slowburn kind of development to the romance, that is so clearly deep without the need for words. The story itself is quite grand, complex and can feel a bit dense at times as the worldbuilding and characters truly take the center stage in the narrative. With that said, if you enjoy slower paced, character-driven, geopolitical kinds of stories this will be your cup of tea. At times the plot can feel like its setting up too much for being only a single novel which can take you in many different directions at times, but the joy in that is how the depth to the characters shines through. Without giving too much away, the world and its characters are revealed little by little, but it cultivates into a daring, wonderful story about love, queer love, friendship, rebellion amid war, and much much more hidden within each stroke of the artwork, it really blew me away. Eighty Days is an engrossing, intricate, haunting and beautiful story. The fragmentary storytelling, fully realized characters and compelling themes make this a marvelous graphic novel! [Read an ARC / May bump my rating up to 4.5, still deciding, but I really did love this!]

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jeska

    A story of valor and love, 80 Days follows a pilot, a resistance fighter, and a woman rising through the ranks to leadership as their world is at war, and they have to choose which side(s) they will fight on. At times the story and the action scenes were unclear, but the black and white illustrations were dynamic, striking, and the relationships between the characters complex and moving. A.C. will be an author/artist to watch.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Mia

    Thanks to Netgalley and Boom! Studios for the ARC. Gosh, this comic book!! It's a fantastic tale of adventure, love and freedom. The illustrations are amazing black and white, somewhat simple, and just alive with motion. Beautiful. The characters were somewhat... eh at first, and I did not know what to think of them, but as I kept reading they really grew on me and now I love them to bits. The story is of a rebellion against a Nazi-like flying company that dominates the sky. We follow Jay, a bri Thanks to Netgalley and Boom! Studios for the ARC. Gosh, this comic book!! It's a fantastic tale of adventure, love and freedom. The illustrations are amazing black and white, somewhat simple, and just alive with motion. Beautiful. The characters were somewhat... eh at first, and I did not know what to think of them, but as I kept reading they really grew on me and now I love them to bits. The story is of a rebellion against a Nazi-like flying company that dominates the sky. We follow Jay, a brilliant pilot that only wants to fly, and Fix, an engineer with a troublesome background. The duo finds themselves in the middle of the war, and our stubborn pilot must pick a side. It's an utterly stunning comic book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    * I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review * I really really liked this graphic novel! The story was interesting and the art was beautiful. It follows a pilot and a communications expert as they resist the power of the AVO, a transnational organization that has replaced most of the government. Jay and Fix and Sable were all excellent characters and I enjoyed following their stories. The only reason it's not a 5-star read for me, personally, is that the plot was unwieldy * I received an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review * I really really liked this graphic novel! The story was interesting and the art was beautiful. It follows a pilot and a communications expert as they resist the power of the AVO, a transnational organization that has replaced most of the government. Jay and Fix and Sable were all excellent characters and I enjoyed following their stories. The only reason it's not a 5-star read for me, personally, is that the plot was unwieldy at times and some of the fight scenes were hard to follow. I actually had to double-check at one point if I was coming into the middle of a series by accident, but nope, it is indeed a standalone. It's decently long, but the amount of ground covered could easily have filled two or three full books instead of one, because it just has so many pieces. The world-building is solid and I would be interested in seeing more of this universe, but I kept getting lost. I understood the bare bones of the story and the art was beautiful enough that I almost didn't mind the confusion, but the pacing and plot could've either been polished more or expanded into multiple books. Overall, I wish I could have more of this, because it feels like it would make an excellent TV show or expanded BOOM! series so that we could enjoy more of this sprawling world.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Fernanda Granzotto

    *Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an early copy of this book for review, all opinions are my own* 3.5 stars I have some mixed feelings about this comic. I don't know if it was because I read it in an e-arc, but several parts of the story and dialogues I just couldn't read, because the font use for the letters made it very difficult. I also found several panels very difficult to see because they were too dark or had so much information that I couldn't understand what was *Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an early copy of this book for review, all opinions are my own* 3.5 stars I have some mixed feelings about this comic. I don't know if it was because I read it in an e-arc, but several parts of the story and dialogues I just couldn't read, because the font use for the letters made it very difficult. I also found several panels very difficult to see because they were too dark or had so much information that I couldn't understand what was going on, very well. But I loved the lines of the drawings, I thought all the characters were beautiful, and I fallen in love with them all. The story itself is amazing at first you don't really know where it's going but it takes on huge proportions and you have an epic story in this comic, I loved the romance too. So in the end, I can say that I liked it a lot but it could improve in some aspects!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ben Howard

    An unlikely pair, a pilot and a thief, find themselves as key members of a resistance to overthrow the corrupt Avo. Avo has a monopoly over the skies and thus have near ironclad control. Jay and Fix are thrust into battle against Avo's control. Eighty Days by A.C. Esguerra is an action packed, emotional graphic novel. Characters are fleshed out with complex motivations and personalities. Jay and Fix's relationship was so well developed; from beginning to end their romance was perfect. The art sty An unlikely pair, a pilot and a thief, find themselves as key members of a resistance to overthrow the corrupt Avo. Avo has a monopoly over the skies and thus have near ironclad control. Jay and Fix are thrust into battle against Avo's control. Eighty Days by A.C. Esguerra is an action packed, emotional graphic novel. Characters are fleshed out with complex motivations and personalities. Jay and Fix's relationship was so well developed; from beginning to end their romance was perfect. The art style here is top notch. It brings you into this historical aerial-centric world. The combat scenes were fast paced and the emotional scenes hit hard. Arc provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Hal

    arc provided by the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review This was captivating, action packed, full of political intrigue and the ins and outs of war and it tore my little gay heart to shreds— in both the best of ways and in some pretty heart-wrenching ways. This graphic novel follows a pilot Jay and the crafty, super smart thief that he ends up falling in love with. Their relationship started off in the best way possible— enemies to reluctant allies to lovers and I loved every arc provided by the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review This was captivating, action packed, full of political intrigue and the ins and outs of war and it tore my little gay heart to shreds— in both the best of ways and in some pretty heart-wrenching ways. This graphic novel follows a pilot Jay and the crafty, super smart thief that he ends up falling in love with. Their relationship started off in the best way possible— enemies to reluctant allies to lovers and I loved every second of it. The art style in this was gorgeous. I can’t believe this is this author’s debut! They really did a stunning job not only with the art but the plot, the characters, just everything about it was done to perfection. If you like forbidden love but make it gay, war, what it means to truly be free and fight for that freedom and a story that will have you feeling every emotion— you need this in your life! 5/5⭐️

  13. 5 out of 5

    Vianne

    This was a rather cool graphic novel! I really enjoyed the art style and the overall aesthetics of the story/world. I mean you really can't go wrong with historical pilots. Despite this, I found that a lot of the aspects of the worldbuilding weren't that well fleshed out, or maybe just went over my head. As a result, I was pretty confused as I was reading and by the halfway point I was really just there for the vibes, which were truly on point. The main relationship (m/m) was also quite cute and This was a rather cool graphic novel! I really enjoyed the art style and the overall aesthetics of the story/world. I mean you really can't go wrong with historical pilots. Despite this, I found that a lot of the aspects of the worldbuilding weren't that well fleshed out, or maybe just went over my head. As a result, I was pretty confused as I was reading and by the halfway point I was really just there for the vibes, which were truly on point. The main relationship (m/m) was also quite cute and lovely. eARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thanks!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Mana traverse les Pages

    A superb work! In the four parts that make up this story, we follow one of the three main characters. Developing their personality, but also their vision of events, the author succeeds in making the three characters captivating. We get attached to them and we can only be driven by their desire for freedom. But the big plus of the book lies in its graphic style: it captivated me! The design was superb and carried me throughout the plot. I really want to frame some boards! In short, to discover! ^^

  15. 4 out of 5

    Showering

    Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity. What I love about this graphic novel 1) The stunning cover along with the illustration inside. It is beautifully drawn and so beautiful. I love the strokes of it however I do hope for more colors to be added in it. 2) The amazing plot of this book. The power hungry corporation, the war, the rebellion & the love story. I love how it came through as one. I also love how it started with the Jay pov in a some kind of journal then gradually to the other chara Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity. What I love about this graphic novel 1) The stunning cover along with the illustration inside. It is beautifully drawn and so beautiful. I love the strokes of it however I do hope for more colors to be added in it. 2) The amazing plot of this book. The power hungry corporation, the war, the rebellion & the love story. I love how it came through as one. I also love how it started with the Jay pov in a some kind of journal then gradually to the other characters POV.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Meghan

    Thank you to NetGalley and BOOM! Studios for sending me an eARC in exchange for my honest review! Eighty Days is A.C. Esquerra's debut graphic novel - and what a jaw-droppingly gorgeous debut it is! The story follows AVO pilot Jay as he falls into step with the mysterious but brilliant thief, Fix, and finds himself on the run and joining the resistance. The writing style was wonderful (especially once I realized that we were initially reading the scrawlings from Jay's journal, which I found parti Thank you to NetGalley and BOOM! Studios for sending me an eARC in exchange for my honest review! Eighty Days is A.C. Esquerra's debut graphic novel - and what a jaw-droppingly gorgeous debut it is! The story follows AVO pilot Jay as he falls into step with the mysterious but brilliant thief, Fix, and finds himself on the run and joining the resistance. The writing style was wonderful (especially once I realized that we were initially reading the scrawlings from Jay's journal, which I found particularly clever) and kept my attention glued to the page. Esquerra's art style is mind blowingly beautiful and captivating - they create such an incredible world with a fantastic cast of unique and lovable characters, all in black and white. The lack of color made it a bit difficult to grasp what was happening in certain action scenes, but the frames were beautiful nonetheless.  I found my heart aching for these characters so early on (which, of course, is how you know they're well developed); on more than one occasion, I found myself holding my breath as their lives were put on the line. This is a beautiful story of the ache and fight for freedom, romance, and found family. I'm excited to read more works by Esquerra!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    Wow, wow, wow, I absolutely loved this! I think the graphic novel format worked excellently - I felt totally drawn into the world of the story, and fully engaged throughout. While sometimes things were a little unclear to me, I kind of like having to wonder and fill in the gaps. The set-up is intriguing, and the characters and their relationships are absolutely amazing. I love how clear each of their voices is, and how they used different fonts to show it in writing. The art is also absolutely s Wow, wow, wow, I absolutely loved this! I think the graphic novel format worked excellently - I felt totally drawn into the world of the story, and fully engaged throughout. While sometimes things were a little unclear to me, I kind of like having to wonder and fill in the gaps. The set-up is intriguing, and the characters and their relationships are absolutely amazing. I love how clear each of their voices is, and how they used different fonts to show it in writing. The art is also absolutely stunning - there's a sequence near the climax that is breathtaking. I don't know if the author intends to do anything more with this world or story, but I would happily read it! The ending was satisfying and sweet on its own, but there was definitely room for more exploration if they ever chose to do so!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sara Garcia

    4.5 stars. I was given a digital ARC of this graphic novel to preview. It's fantastic! The art style is really awesome, granted I'd love to see it in full color so I'm hoping that's how it goes. But the story and the narration style was great and the characters were well developed. 4.5 stars. I was given a digital ARC of this graphic novel to preview. It's fantastic! The art style is really awesome, granted I'd love to see it in full color so I'm hoping that's how it goes. But the story and the narration style was great and the characters were well developed.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alec Angell

    This is a really neat graphic novel. I liked the story about resistance of a brutal regime. I wish there was a little more exposition as to how & why they got so bad. It seemed like they were just a guild and then a world dominating power in like, 50 pages. The only way I could really tell they were bad guys was the Nazi-esque uniforms. I just wish it had some more substance as to how they got so bad. Some of the fight scenes were a little blurry and hard to process. The love story was cute, the This is a really neat graphic novel. I liked the story about resistance of a brutal regime. I wish there was a little more exposition as to how & why they got so bad. It seemed like they were just a guild and then a world dominating power in like, 50 pages. The only way I could really tell they were bad guys was the Nazi-esque uniforms. I just wish it had some more substance as to how they got so bad. Some of the fight scenes were a little blurry and hard to process. The love story was cute, they were an adorable couple. Their names were a little cheesy. Corvidae (the classification for the raven family of birds) for flying and Vulpin (the classification of foxes) for a thief. Fix was a weird name. Didn't get used to that one. The random Italian was interesting. I was glad it came with a happy ending.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Critter

    I absolutely loved this book. It was thrilling and choked full of emotion. The art was stunning. I loved the characters and getting to see their different sides and their development. The romance was great. I loved seeing it grow and develop. This was just an overall fantastic book. I would like to thank Archaia for providing me with an ARC.

  21. 5 out of 5

    AitziST

    Let’s start with a confession: I was obsessed with this book since the moment I saw the cover reveal. I had no idea what it was about, nor I needed to. “Can love outfly the shadow of war?”, it said, but I was absorbed by the strokes, and the colour. And then, I got the opportunity to read it, and I fell hard for the characters: Jay was mysterious and silent, but you could see his heart pounding in each page; Fix was so quirky and so courageous, you knew he was destined to something big. And they Let’s start with a confession: I was obsessed with this book since the moment I saw the cover reveal. I had no idea what it was about, nor I needed to. “Can love outfly the shadow of war?”, it said, but I was absorbed by the strokes, and the colour. And then, I got the opportunity to read it, and I fell hard for the characters: Jay was mysterious and silent, but you could see his heart pounding in each page; Fix was so quirky and so courageous, you knew he was destined to something big. And they were surrounded by such amazing secondary characters as well, all fleshed with a few of those amazing strokes that got me from the beginning. I am really looking forward to recommending it to everybody who is in need of an adventure. ***Thanks to Netgalley and Boom! Studios for the ARC

  22. 5 out of 5

    Abi Walton

    I knew this graphic novel was going to be good!! I have had it on my radar for a while as I adore A.C. Esguerra artwork and knew I was going to love this full graphic novel. And I was not disappointed at all. Eighty Days is a harrowing tale based on what I can assume is WWII where a pilot defects to be with the man he loves and stars a rebellion. With stunning panels and a harrowing story, I flew through this wonderful book and read it all in one sitting and I am overwhelmed and think this may b I knew this graphic novel was going to be good!! I have had it on my radar for a while as I adore A.C. Esguerra artwork and knew I was going to love this full graphic novel. And I was not disappointed at all. Eighty Days is a harrowing tale based on what I can assume is WWII where a pilot defects to be with the man he loves and stars a rebellion. With stunning panels and a harrowing story, I flew through this wonderful book and read it all in one sitting and I am overwhelmed and think this may be one of my favourite Graphic Novels of all time. I cannot wait to read more by Esguerra in the future and definitely a name to keep on my radar

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sen

    I want to fly, but I'd rather stay free. They are not the same thing anymore. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Oh don’t mind me -- just crying over the fact that what started out as one of my favorite webcomics by one of my biggest art inspirations has now become one of my favorite books of all time. I remember buying a copy of the original comic back when it was still a work in progress and the author was self-publishing part 1 but in a tragic turn of events that (along with a lot of my others books) was lost because o I want to fly, but I'd rather stay free. They are not the same thing anymore. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Oh don’t mind me -- just crying over the fact that what started out as one of my favorite webcomics by one of my biggest art inspirations has now become one of my favorite books of all time. I remember buying a copy of the original comic back when it was still a work in progress and the author was self-publishing part 1 but in a tragic turn of events that (along with a lot of my others books) was lost because of water damage to my house. Now, years later, it’s just surreal being able to not only hold this piece of art again in my hands but also to actually experience the story all at once in its brilliant entirety. And what an ABSOLUTELY BREATHTAKING story it is. Eighty Days is about 3 people whose lives intersect as they are swept up into a revolution. An aloof pilot meets a mysterious thief-turned-resistance fighter and adopts some ideas about the nature of freedom and class boundaries that end up clashing with the belief and goals of the organization he serves...as well as those of his best friend, a fellow pilot. It is all at once a thrilling war drama ft. queer and POC heroes, an epic romance, and a quietly beautiful love letter to flight that has the feeling of a golden age film. There is especially such a strong sense of nostalgia, adventure, and timelessness in this book that's hard for me to explain but even harder for people to capture. The blend between the gorgeous artwork and the oftentimes poetic text is masterful and evokes so many emotions in you. I've lost count the number of times I would come across a page spread where the composition and the ink-work and the story would just stun me and I'd have to close the book simply to BREATHE and take everything in. There is no such thing as wasted space in the graphic novel, and so far I've read this twice and have discovered so many little details that I didn't notice initially it's simply brilliant. It literally blows my mind that A.C. Esguerra is somehow both the artist AND the writer...AND that this is their debut work. I loved the 3 main characters so much - they were multifaceted and their voices were so rich and distinct and they just lived and breathed off the pages. In fact, even very minor characters are just brimming with so much personality, and everything about the book's world just feels so alive. To be honest, I wasn't sure about how I wanted to review this absolute gem to do it justice but decided that I don’t even want to give literally anything else away besides the fact that YOU NEED TO READ THIS! I, for one, am not going to stop shouting about it until Eighty Days gets the recognition that it deserves and wins ALL the awards. Also, the physical copy of this book is stunning and so yes it is in fact a literal treasure. — A.C. Esguerra's website — ♩♫♩ ~ The Sky Crawlers

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lost in Book Land

    Hello Again! So in September, I really wanted to pick up a few more manga or graphic novels. I love reading these and I feel like sometimes I just do not pick them up as often as I want to. So with one week left of September, I have picked up two so far (and hope to pick up at least one more)! One of the graphic novels I picked up was an ARC of Eighty Days, which is out now, (thank you so much to the publisher for the ARC in exchange for my honest opinions)! I decided to pick this one up on a whi Hello Again! So in September, I really wanted to pick up a few more manga or graphic novels. I love reading these and I feel like sometimes I just do not pick them up as often as I want to. So with one week left of September, I have picked up two so far (and hope to pick up at least one more)! One of the graphic novels I picked up was an ARC of Eighty Days, which is out now, (thank you so much to the publisher for the ARC in exchange for my honest opinions)! I decided to pick this one up on a whim but without further ado, let’s jump in! SPOILERS AHEAD In a war-torn land, a pilot is minding his own business (doing what he loves which is flying) until one day when he meets someone that needs to go somewhere. He flies them to their destination and on they way their learns a lot about this person (Fix) but also learns that he is a great navigator and radio operator in the sky. The two assume that they will never see one another again but soon enough they do, and Fix is in a jam. Of course, he helps Fix but soon enough they are both in over their head and they make a choice that they are in this together and joining the resistance. But joining the resistance comes with its challenges and one of these could be getting caught. I really enjoyed this graphic novel. I was unsure what I would think about it but I ended up loving it so much I bought myself a psychical copy and telling my spouse about it. The art style was amazing and the characters all popped off the page for me, I was constantly concerned about certain people! Additionally, meeting each individual character was unique and even people who were supposed to be the bad guys caught my attention. I want to thank the publisher for giving me the E-ARC of this graphic novel in exchange for my honest opinions! I really enjoyed my time with this one and I can not wait to see what else might come from this author/illustrator! Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars

  25. 4 out of 5

    ekin

    Many thanks to NetGalley and BOOM! Studios for providing me with a DRC of this graphic novel for an honest review. Oh my god! I couldn't put this one down - can't believe it's a debut! A.C. Esguerra is an author to look out for. With these types of stories, it's always a hit or miss for me. I didn't know what to expect at first and I will admit that it was a let down realizing the graphic novel was not in full-color after that absolutely gorgeous cover; I can safely say that it was a very enjoyab Many thanks to NetGalley and BOOM! Studios for providing me with a DRC of this graphic novel for an honest review. Oh my god! I couldn't put this one down - can't believe it's a debut! A.C. Esguerra is an author to look out for. With these types of stories, it's always a hit or miss for me. I didn't know what to expect at first and I will admit that it was a let down realizing the graphic novel was not in full-color after that absolutely gorgeous cover; I can safely say that it was a very enjoyable read. (Don't get me wrong, the art is beautiful, I'm just greedy and want more because of how absolutely stunning it is.) The characters were so freaking interesting that I wish there was another volume of this on the way, might have fallen in love with Sable and Jay. The narration style was perfect to make you get into the heads of these characters and like them even more. The storyline gets a bit confusing and all over the place at some point, or at least it was like that for me, so I would recommend not binging it in one sitting like I did if you start feeling a bit lost in the middle. Like I said, this could easily have more volumes, there is just so much world building here that I feel is wasted on a standalone novel. So much potential too. I would definitely recommend it for anyone who wishes to read a captivating graphic novel with a cute and heartwarming love storyline on the side. The characters are well developed, fleshed out, and very VERY loveable, the art is gorgeous and the story itself is interesting enough to keep you hooked. Please give this a read if you can!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Thank you so much to Boom! Studios and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC; it is greatly appreciated. This graphic novel jumps right into the mind of AVO pilot, Jay. It is split into four "books", and the first one is mostly done in the form of Jay's flight journal. This gives us small, precise sentences, but not a lot of information. I found myself confused as to what/who AVO was, and why they were such a big deal. The scenes also transitioned so quickly, that I wasn't sure what was going Thank you so much to Boom! Studios and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC; it is greatly appreciated. This graphic novel jumps right into the mind of AVO pilot, Jay. It is split into four "books", and the first one is mostly done in the form of Jay's flight journal. This gives us small, precise sentences, but not a lot of information. I found myself confused as to what/who AVO was, and why they were such a big deal. The scenes also transitioned so quickly, that I wasn't sure what was going on, what character's motivations were, and why they had the labels they did. Book two & three follow a more traditional storytelling route, but it was very hard to interpret what was happening in action scenes. They are such a jumble of movement that I couldn't tell what I was looking at. I would often have to rely on the dialogue afterword to know what had happened. Book four was my favorite, and the most easy to understand. This is where I could better sympathize with the characters and their goals. Unfortunately, there was still a lot I didn't understand by the end. It's never really explained why AVO is bad, or what their goal is. I really wish we got to see more of the history of this world, and how the people lived. It just kinda feels like we were dropped into the middle of a conflict without knowing who anyone is. The art style also wasn't for me. I think mainly the confusion during action scenes is why I feel that way. I loved how the artist drew the hair and the planes, but everything else felt a little off. The ending is satisfying though, and the character's receive a good conclusion. 2.5 Stars

  27. 5 out of 5

    Poptart19 (the name’s ren)

    4 stars As a brutal authoritarian government encroaches on the continent a resistance movement forms. A pilot & a radio ops whiz join the fight as loyalties are tested & betrayals mount. This is an exciting, beautifully illustrated, & emotionally satisfying graphic novel. [What I liked:] •The art is beautiful & elegant, almost like stylized ink sketches. It captures movement & facial expressions in simple, minimal lines. It’s also wonderfully detailed when it comes to landscapes & aircraft depict 4 stars As a brutal authoritarian government encroaches on the continent a resistance movement forms. A pilot & a radio ops whiz join the fight as loyalties are tested & betrayals mount. This is an exciting, beautifully illustrated, & emotionally satisfying graphic novel. [What I liked:] •The art is beautiful & elegant, almost like stylized ink sketches. It captures movement & facial expressions in simple, minimal lines. It’s also wonderfully detailed when it comes to landscapes & aircraft depictions. •The story is very touching, especially Jay & Fix’s relationship. Sable’s storyline is engaging as well. The story starts off slow, but once it gets going there is a nice balance of action & high stakes, & relational tension between complex characters. •The world building is pretty good. The setup is reminiscent of 1930’s Europe & WWII, but with some variations (a slightly steampunk element, an evil corporation taking over instead of a fascist government, a caste system regulating transportation, etc.) [What I didn’t like as much:] •The text that isn’t dialogue (Jay’s logbook entries) uses sentence fragments stripped of articles, linking verbs, & pronouns. It’s difficult to understand & unpleasant to read, the opposite of smooth. •Some of the action sequences are hard to visually read. There is so much going on on the page, just messy lines that all blur together. I couldn’t tell what was happening. •The beginning is kinda slow. Not much happens for the first 15-20% of the book, although it picks up & is nicely paced after that. CW: violence, war, sexism [I received an ARC ebook copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Thank you for the book!]

  28. 4 out of 5

    Iza

    ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Uh... wow. Just, wow. I would not have put a literal million dollars on Eighty Days being a debut. This story follows a pilot who wants nothing more than to fly until his path crosses with a thief who has a knack for radio operating. Set in the 20th century where an aviation empire seeks to control every country and citizen in the land, Jay has to find what freedom means for himself, and what he's willing to risk for it ARC received from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Uh... wow. Just, wow. I would not have put a literal million dollars on Eighty Days being a debut. This story follows a pilot who wants nothing more than to fly until his path crosses with a thief who has a knack for radio operating. Set in the 20th century where an aviation empire seeks to control every country and citizen in the land, Jay has to find what freedom means for himself, and what he's willing to risk for it. This was a love letter to flight, resistance, and, well, love, and was the kind of book so good that my mind felt wiped after a finished the last page. I barely know where to start. The story drops you right in the middle of Jay's world, at the beginning of the AVO's quest for domination, but I never felt lost or confused. The world builds itself up around the three main characters, Jay, Sable, and Fix, and weaves around their relationships with the AVO and each other. I loved how genuine they all felt as they developed, made mistakes, and found love. The dynamic art brought everything to life in a way that had my heart in my throat and yes, I sometimes cried just because of how beautiful it all was. This queer historical romance will sweep you off your feet and take you to the skies, and I can't recommend it enough. Go! Go on! Preorder it! Request it! Get it at your library! Don't make me hit you with a broom! ❧ 5 ★

  29. 5 out of 5

    Siina

    The cover for Eighty Days was something that piqued my interest and thus I decided to try this. Not to forget I love to read war comics for some reason. The story is set in a world were aviation is regulated by Avo and not anyone can fly. Corvidae is a pilot, but soon finds himself in an adventure when he meets a thief called Vulpes. This makes Corvidae an outlaw eventually, since he falls in love with Vulpes and they both end up with the resistance. The story is strongly about two sides and the The cover for Eighty Days was something that piqued my interest and thus I decided to try this. Not to forget I love to read war comics for some reason. The story is set in a world were aviation is regulated by Avo and not anyone can fly. Corvidae is a pilot, but soon finds himself in an adventure when he meets a thief called Vulpes. This makes Corvidae an outlaw eventually, since he falls in love with Vulpes and they both end up with the resistance. The story is strongly about two sides and the need to make the world a better place. Mostly it's about agents, death, war and shenanigans, but also about friendship, love, loyalty and the need to fight for what is right. For me the plot structure was too sporadic and hard to follow. It was unbalanced, because it jumped from setting to another and it was hard to grasp what was happening not to forget that there were lots of characters and not enough time to use them all. The art looks nice and different. The ink style looks great and highlights the dark parts nicely with awesome dirt-like look. The style sets the story in its time. The skies with planes and bombs look amazing. This would look great in color too with watercolors especially. An interesting story with a nice look that still needs polishing with the story and how to move it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Adriana

    This book is beautiful in story, art, and message. The story focuses on several characters as they try to live with and then fight against the all-powerful, Nazi-like organization waging war on the world. A pilot that only wants to fly, a genius radio operator, a pilot/engineer who must decide what truly matters, and a host of smaller characters that nonetheless contribute to the great humanity of the book. It also makes for a bit of a confusing read when several characters converge and you're n This book is beautiful in story, art, and message. The story focuses on several characters as they try to live with and then fight against the all-powerful, Nazi-like organization waging war on the world. A pilot that only wants to fly, a genius radio operator, a pilot/engineer who must decide what truly matters, and a host of smaller characters that nonetheless contribute to the great humanity of the book. It also makes for a bit of a confusing read when several characters converge and you're not sure who's saying what, but it's such a great story that I'm perfectly willing to forgive that. The art is beautiful, fluid, and full of motion and emotion that drives the story even better than the words. Esguerra manages to make what could be argued are nothing more than ink smudges communicate everything from dark violence to a love that soars. It's a great story told beautifully with great messages of freedom, love, and fighting for what's right. Definitely, one that's getting added to the list of recommendations. Many very happy thanks to NetGalley and BOOM! Studios, Archaia for the early read!

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