Saga (volume one)
By Brian K. Vaughan
Paperback, 160 pages
2014, Image Comics
From the back of the book: “Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe. 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 world.” Readers are started right in the middle of the action, as Alana and Markus deal with the birth of their first child and then are forced to flee due to being discovered by both of the warring factions. There are hired assassins from both sides of the government out to kill the couple and steal their child. Meanwhile, the couple just wants to be free of the never-ending war and find a safe place for their newborn.
I won’t say more than that about the plot, because this volume goes by fast. But I was hooked from page one! I went into this knowing zero about the plot or characters – I had only seen the cover and that it was recommended by a couple of Instagram accounts I follow. The first sentence had me laughing and I instantly enjoyed the dynamic of Alana and Markus. From what I’ve learned about the world Vaughan created so far, I’m very interested in learning more of the back story between the two sides. It’s easy to see there are some “heroes” and “villains” in this story – in the sense that there are going to be characters you’re for and against – yet I can already tell all the characters are very complicated. People aren’t just bad – they’ve done bad things, or made bad choices, but the characters already seem very complex to me.
And the art! The art! I love the style of Fiona Staples – the people and…creatures…in this book are amazing. It’s definitely full of odd characters – reminds me a bit of worlds like the one in The Fifth Element or the first version of Total Recall – some are pretty disturbing, actually.
Also, a warning – there is nudity (full frontal though not extremely detailed), gore and explicit language, so be prepared!
It’s wonderful – just wonderful. Read it! I’ve already ordered volumes two and three and can’t wait to devour them as soon as they arrive next week!