Sunday, December 29, 2013

Comic Review: Saga (Vol. 1 & Vol. 2)


I hope everyone had a Happy Holiday with their friends and families. As we head into 2014 one of my goals is to update the blog a lot more. Happy reading! -Megan


Summary: 
"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."

Review: 
I'm not even sure where to begin to describe this series. The story focuses on two soldiers, Alana and Marko, whose species have been fighting for generations. They fall in love, get married and have a kid, of course with the disapproval of their respective species. It sort of reminded me of the story of Romeo and Juliet if Romeo and Julie had monsters, ghosts, bounty hunters that are giant humanoid spiders, giants cats and TV robots who are part of the royal family. It sounds like there is a lot going on in this tale and sometimes too many plot lines can make the story confusing and feel cluttered. To be fair the other plot lines all center on finding Alana and Marko but they do feel like their own separate stories. Despite all of this Brian K. Vaughan makes it all work.

Fiona Staples' stunning artwork and the solid storyline make this an interesting tale. Be forewarned, this comic is not for everyone. The comic contains violence, sex, profanity, and nudity. Saga is definitely for mature audiences.

I think what really works well in this story is the characters and their development. Alana's wit and tough demeanor and Marko's pacifist approach really grows on you. By volume 2 Marko and Alanda have grown from the characters we were first introduced to in volume 1 or even the people that they were when they first met. One thing is definitely consistent and that is their love for one another. It sounds extremely sappy but they are the only ones they can really depend on and this theme is very evident during volume 1. You want their young family to find a way to live in peace but this doesn't mean that you can't help but also root for some of the secondary characters like The Will and Lying Cat even if they are after Alana and Marko.

Sadly volume 3 has not been released yet but I can't wait to see what epic twists and turns are in store for readers in the next installment of this series.

Rating: 5/5

Look for Saga: Volumes 1 & 2 on Amazon.com or where ever comic books are sold. 
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