Continuing once again with the graphic novel binge, I’m here today with Saga Volume 1!
Something of a Romeo & Juliet story between rivals in war, Alana and Marko are fugitives in love who only want to find a peaceful, safe life, for their new child. While running from their respective worlds the couple face bounty hunters, ghosts, and even their old friends who all want them and Hazel dead.
To me, Saga is so far a wonderful blend of science fiction and fantasy combined with the gorgeous artwork of Fiona Staples. There’s more sex in this than I was expecting, but that’s what I get for going in blind. It’s a wonderful story so far and I look forward to reading more.
Alana is a total badass and Marko is a sweetheart who is very willing to mess people up for hurting his family. Neither of them are perfect, but it’s clear right from the start how much they love each other.
I’m also a huge fan of The Will (one of the freelancers after Alana and Marko) and his magnificent cat, Lying Cat. He seems like he’s a bit of a prick, but he doesn’t seem to be a bad person. And let’s be real, his partner is a giant cat to hisses “LYING” when people are full of shit. They’re amazing.
Lastly, there’s Prince Robot IV. It’s interesting to see that there’s a whole race of royal people with TV heads and he’s definitely an asshole, but I’m curious enough to learn more about him that I don’t entirely hate him.
The Issues [ trigger warning ]
The only big thing in this comic that made me feel gross is the Sextopia planet where The Will is essentially looking for a “slave girl” to have sex with. It’s gross and yucky on it’s one, but the man leading him through the planet to find someone good, the “slave” chosen for him is a six-year-old girl. Now The Will immediately kills the pimp and tries to escape with her but it’s still gross.
In the end, I give it a four out of five. If it wasn’t for the nasty sex planet, I’d be ranking this up there with The Wicked + The Divine but, who knows, maybe it’ll earn my love entirely with the next volume.
Authors: Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Published: October 23rd 2012
Publisher: Image Comics
Synopsis: 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 bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, 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.