Title: Pigs Might Fly

By:  Nick Abadzis

ISBN: 162672086X (ISBN13: 9781626720862)

Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra                   


All the sensible hogfolk in Pigdom Plains know that if pigs were meant to fly, they’d have been born with wings but there’s no convincing Lily Leanchops. The daughter of renowned inventor Hercules Fatchops, Lily has watched her father’s flying machines fail time and time again. Working in secret, Lily is trying to build what her father couldn’t: an aircraft that actually works. And of course, she’s following his example and employing scientific principals alone, not magic. (Well, a protection spell or two doesn’t count, right?)

Lily’s secret project takes on a new sense of urgency when a mysterious enemy emerges from beyond the mountains. The Warthogs are coming, and they’re piloting flying machines powered by dangerous magic spells. To save Pigdom Plains, Lily must take to the skies in her own experimental aircraft and there’s no time for a test run. (Goodreads)


Pigs Might Fly is a graphic novel written by Nick Abadzis and illustrated by Jerel Dye. Lily Leanchops, daughter of inventor Hercules Fatchops takes it upon herself to prove to her father that she has created a viable flying machine. After all:

He doesn’t listen to me. He can be so swineheaded and mean sometimes.”

One thing that I found difficult was when Professor Fatchops was musing to himself – the writing was VERY small and difficult to read.  I also found his manner quite unbearable. He was not at all nice to his daughter when he found out she had created and flown a perfectly good aircraft!

In the midst of making the flying machine, Pigdom Plains comes under attach by the Warthogs, thus making it even more imperative that they can fight back. Hercules is charged with getting an up and running fleet of flying machines by the mayor. He stresses out and will not listen to Lily, that she can help him. She takes it upon herself to fight off the Warthogs. In the process, she gets stranded in the land where the Warthogs live now. Oh what to do…

Lots of action and a bit on an interesting storyline. Of course, anytime magic is involved, interesting and surprising things seem to happen. I won’t go into too much detail, as I want to leave the storytelling for those who want to read the story for themselves.

The graphics were okay. As indicated earlier, at times reading the wording (and it was actually a wordy graphic novel at that) was difficult as it was very small print. The characters were more multidimensional than I anticipated (Lily’s aunt was an interesting character). Overall, I found the story entertaining and enjoyed the fact that a “girl” was the main hero in this story. As far as a graphic novel for 

*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*