08 February 2014
Saga, Volumes 1 and 2
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.
To paraphrase from one of my Tweets, I wondered what the heck was up with people in Saga who have TVs for heads, to which a friend replied, "Doesn't matter. Keep reading."
In short, Saga, which I didn't get into in single issues and for which I should castigate myself, is pretty much the most amazing space opera combined with Romeo and Juliet. Volume 1 starts with the birth of the narrator Hazel, backs up a bit to fill in the backstory of her parents and the inter-galactic war that brought them together (spoiler: a book is involved!), and then goes forward to try and get them off the backwater planet. Which involves a ghost babysitter and a tree that turns into a spaceship.
Head trip. Head trip. Head trip.Head trip. Head trip.
There's also a hit-man who gets side-tracked by a little girl (?) in a brothel. He also has a sidekick known as a Lying Cat. Legit, it is a cat that says "Lying" when other characters lie. Want.
From award-winning writer BRIAN K. VAUGHAN (Pride of Baghdad, Ex Machina) and critically acclaimed artist FIONA STAPLES (Mystery Society, Done to Death), SAGA is sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe. Thanks to her star-crossed parents Marko and Alana, newborn baby Hazel has already survived lethal assassins, rampaging armies, and horrific monsters, but in the cold vastness of outer space, the little girl encounters her strangest adventure yet... grandparents.
So Marko, Alana, Hazel, and the ghost babysitter have escaped into space. Except their spaceship is invaded by Marko's grandparents who tracked them using some special powers. Marko's old fiancee (oops) is also tracking him because the wedding rings he and Alana are using have some connection to the fiancee's family (double oops).
An asteroid turns out to be a giant egg - wow - and Marko's dad is a tailor.
I love the concept of how a really big spell takes acknowledgement of a secret no one else knows - one of them is really funny and one very sad in how realistic those secrets are. Which is a great comment about the series: no matter how cracked-out and science-fiction-y the setting the story at the center is one of a family trying to stay together across a cultural/racial divide. I love it.
Now, when does Volume 3 come out?