From New York Times bestselling writer BRIAN K.VAUGHAN (Y: THE LAST MAN, EX MACHINA) and critically acclaimed artist FIONA STAPLES (MYSTERY SOCIETY, NORTH 40), SAGA is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in a sexy, subversive drama for adults. This specially priced volume collects the first arc of the smash hit series The Onion A.V. Club calls “the emotional epic Hollywood wishes it could make.”
Collects SAGA #1-6
Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and art by Fiona Staples is a collection of the first six issues of the Saga comic book. It follows Alana and Marko on the run from the intergalactic police and bounty hunters. Why you ask are they on the run? Well firstly they’re two different races that are at war with each other, they fell in love, Alana helped Marko escape from prison, and now Alana is about to give birth to the first born child of their kind.
This was my first graphic novel ever (manga is different), and I was absolutely mind blown from the story, art, and characters. It was a thrilling adventure from beginning to end and I can’t wait to continue with series with future volumes!
The planet Landfall is at war with one of its moons, known as Wreath. The indigenous people of Landfall have some nifty little insect-like wings, while the people of Wreath have horns (they may be my favorites as each character in the later issues has horns varying from rhino, to antelope, to ox–you get the idea) and are skilled in the use of magic. The war between these cultures has become an accepted part of life, the hatred of the enemy deeply ingrained in both species. Now enter Marko and Alana, from Wreath and Landfall, respectively, who are ex-soldiers in this war. Defying their cultures, they have fallen in love and the birth of their newborn child, Hazel, has marked them for termination by basically everyone in the universe. Both have known violence and are adept at using it to protect each other and Hazel. On the run from the numerous assassins tracking them, they banter away like a married couple and slowly reveal the history that brought them to this juncture.
With a plot line like that it’s no wonder what an adventure this story takes you as the reader. In way it some what reminds me of a Romeo and Juliet type story. Star crossed lovers (literally) on the run with their firstborn child while everyone wants to put an end to relationship. With a plot line that has been done many times over, Vaughan executes it in a way like no other. He injects new and intriguing concepts into the story that make it fresh and exciting to the readers. With weird ass absurdities like a planet called Sextillion (a prostitute run country), a robot royalty race that have TV’s as heads, a half eaten ghost girl, and a cat that can tell when you’re lying, it’s hard to tell what will come next!
I’ve also been a huge fan of Staples’ art for a while now. She has a raw and edgy quality to her art that totally suited the story. She is also a master at character facial emotions which is hard to do with comics. You always know what the characters are feeling when looking at their faces. I’m excited to see how she brings to life the rest of this fantastic story!
The main characters Alana and Marko are absolutely perfect together! They are hilarious and potray a realistic young couple who weren’t planning on their first child being born. They are madly in love like no one else I’ve ever seen, they are constantly bickering with each other, they would do anything for their baby, Hazel, and they support each other to the very end.
As different as they are to “humans”, they are extremely relatable and you just can’t help falling for their unconventional love story! Alana is a tough bitch that is not afraid to jump into action and be the first one to strike. With a good dose of sarcasm and snarky comments, she pretty much has no filter to her words. While on the other side of the spectrum we have the gentle, quiet, pacifist Marko. Although he has a tiny bit of crazy moments, he and Alana compliment each other and keep themselves balanced as a couple.
This short graphic novel explores so much of the setting that it’s hard to pick which one was my favorite! With Vaughan’s crazy writing and Staples’ equally crazy artistic abilities, they both worked hard to make the setting just as exciting as the story and characters were. We get to explore different planets, different spaceships, and we get to see some weird shit (pardon my french).
Sextillion would have to take the award for the coolest, weirdest, scariest place setting in the whole first volume. I mean, have you seen those prostitutes with the huge heads, no bodies and just long legs? Talk about having nightmares forever!
Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and art by Fiona Staples is an abosulte must read! Whether you are new to the graphic novel world, or a veteran, you have to pick this series up! I can’t say any more how perfect it was. You just have to pick it up to find out for yourself!
If you’ve already read it, what were your favorite parts of the story? How scary/weird was Sextillion? Is there an any more perfectly flawed couple like Alarko? (Yes, that’s my couple name for them!)
Until next time,