Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan (illustrated by Fiona Staples)
Published: Image Comics (2012), eBook, 160pg
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Romance, Sci-fi
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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 is another one of those series that everybody’s been telling me to read because of how amazing it is. And it is pretty darned amazing!
The first thing that struck me about Saga was the art. omg, so pretty. It’s bright and shiny, but not in an overly cartoon-y way. It’s stylish!
I love the way the characters look like futuristic mixes of scifi and fantasy, too. Which, considering they live in a universe where science and magic are at war with each other, totally makes sense. There is a robot prince with a head like a TV screen!! So cool!
The next thing I noticed was the writing style, which seemed very familiar all throughout the book. It’s kind of grandiose, but not in an annoying way. Like Joss Wedon at his best, I suppose? Turns out it was so familiar because I’d actually read (most of) a different BKV series, Y, the Last Man, another series full of heroes and feelings and grandiose-but-not-in-an-annoying-way writing.
Saga avoids the ridiculous dialogue and iffy characterizations of the last BKV series I reviewed, Runaways. Saga is BKV coming into his full power. It’s lovely writing, with great pacing and interesting world-building.
Aliens and magic and babies! Yay!
Read: June 8, 2014