Monday, August 5, 2013

It's amazing how writer Brian K. Vaughan makes it look so easy.  I followed his acclaimed series Y the Last Man from issue #1 to its end back in 2008.  He seems to have captured that magic again with a space faring epic that is quite fitting of its name "Saga".  I recently read the first volume, which covers issues #1-6.

Saga follows the story of two soldiers from different worlds that are at war each other.  They fall in love and run away with each other marrying and having a child together.  With both worlds and an assortment of freelancers after them and their child, they must head to space to find sanctuary.  Reading through the first volume, it's very easy to draw comparisons with Brian's inspiration in Star Wars.

With comic books dominated by the Super Hero genre, this is an excitedly fresh series if it recycles some age old themes.  The series especially appeals to me as a parent seeing these two new parents fighting for the life and freedom of their daughter named Hazel.  Much to my enjoyment is that often the narrator of the series is none other than the baby itself.  How often as a parent do you wish you could understand your child as a baby?  This unique perspective is refreshingly brilliant, given the dark nature of the first story arc overall.

The art by Fiona Staples fits the series perfectly.  I am not sure if it Fiona's decision or Brian's but I wish they were more diversity as to the aliens shown in the series.  The series it still in its infancy, so there is more to be revealed.  But thus far most of the characters shown are quite generic aside from the giant heads on Sextillian which really drew me off.

Overall, I would highly recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a good space faring adventure.  Aside from Walking Dead, this has to be one of the best ongoing books I've read in long while.  Back issues for the first six issues are quite expensive.  You can pick up Volume 1 of the Trade Paperback at or your local comic book store.

Rating: 4.5 Stars out of 5.0 Stars

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