Saga (vol. 1)
By: Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Fiona Staples (Illustrator)
Format/Source: Paperback; my copy
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.
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. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.
This specially priced volume collects the first six issues of the smash-hit series The Onion A.V. Club calls “the emotional epic Hollywood wishes it could make.”
Collects Saga issues #1-6.
Saga has been one of those comics that I’ve been hearing a lot about, up there with Sandman and Fables (review). I was on a bit of comic book-shopping spree recently and decided to check this title out (at a very good price too!).
Oh my goodness, what can I say about this comic? All of the good things I have heard about this comic, all of the praise it has received, and awards it has garnered are totally justified. Reading this comic was epic and funny and serious and entertaining and shocking at times (there was one particular scene that left me D= ). I thought it was quite different from a lot of the comics I’ve read so far, and epic in scope (two warring factions, far-flung worlds drawn into the conflict via proxy wars, magic vs. gunfire)
At the heart of this story is a couple from opposite sides of the fight who love each other and have a baby to raise. The reader learns bits and pieces about how they meet, but clearly there is still a lot of ground to cover because while they love each other, they don’t know each other too well. Their baby is so cute, though, and I think is turning out to be a special baby given her parents’ genetics. At the same time they have a lot of obstacles ahead of them because while they are just looking to live a quiet life away from the war and raise their daughter together, they are branded as fugitives and deserters and both sides are in search for them. Freelancers are also hired to seek out their trail, adding to the whole confusion of people after them.
I absolutely love the artwork in this comic, it’s just gorgeous. I love the way that the narrative voicing over the scenes sort of whirls around with the flow of the art and the spaces available, as opposed to being pinned to a corner of a panel or contained in a box. It adds a certain flair to the story, and at times made me chuckle with the arrows.
Overall I really enjoyed this first volume of Saga. The world that Brian K. Vaughan created for this title is interesting and I can see how complex and rich the story will be moving forward. I’m not sure how soon I’ll pick up the second volume given how many other series we’re currently collecting, but I’m going to keep my eye out for it as it’s just fantastic.