Two tribes go to war
This comic is pretty much a dream team of Fiona Staples’ beautiful artwork and Brian K. Vaughan’s fast paced plotting.
And just wierdly inventive characters.
You might not have heard of Brian K. Vaughan.
But I had watched and enjoyed Lost (until it just got too convoluted).
Vaughan was writer and producer on the show seasons 3-5.
But I digress.
Saga introduces us to two star-crossed lovers Marco and Alana.
Marco has horns and Alana has wings.
At first it’s the old tale of Montague vs. Capulet but then it gets way more interesting.
Tired of their unwinnable war the citizens of planet Landfall and its moon Wreath have outsourced their fight to the rest of the universe.
This opens the door to all kinds of interesting characters.
War dead teenagers turned ghostly babysitters.
Y’know, the usual.
The writing manages to be touching in places without turning sentimental. It’s gruesome without being gratuitous.
There are no one-dimensional characters.
Our heroes have shades of grey.
And even the terrifying Prince Robot IV has PTSD and a domineering father who’s keeping him from his family.
Get hold of Saga, volume #1
You can buy Saga, volume #1 from Amazon. It doesn’t seem to have hit the public library system yet but you can get hold of some of Brian K. Vaughan’s other work from Edinburgh public libraries including:
Y: The Last Man
Pride of Bagdad
Saga, the story continues
Once you read saga, volume #1 you’re going to immediately rush out and get volume #2.
And the good news is that Image comics have announced that Saga, volume #3 will be released on paper March 19, 2014 in the U.S. Or if you’re not in the U.S. or can’t wait that long you can buy the individual comics in digital direct from Image Comics for $1.99 a pop.