Saga, Vol. 2

By Brian K. Vaughan

Rating: 5 stars

Volume 2 of this series continues the story of Hazel, told in the first person from some point in her future life, as she, her star-crossed parents and her ghostly babysitter escape the planet where Hazel had been born, and where they were being hunted by both sides in the war they’re trying to escape from, only to run into something much worse: in-laws.

I’m still adoring this story, with its smart dialogue, great characters and marvellous background of a galaxy-spanning war. Alana and Marko are very relatable to as they struggle to do what’s right for each other and their newborn daughter; Marko’s parents, his father in particular, are just worried about their son, especially that he might have fallen in with the ‘wrong crowd’ and for a merciless bounty hunter, The Will really has a soft side.

From everyone’s point of view, they’re just trying to do the right thing, it’s just that some of these things involve killing people, while others involve fleeing for their lives. I love the complexity that means that you can’t just hate the people chasing our protagonists, but you see their point of view.

The mental imagery keeps coming too, with Fiona Staples’ art easily keeping up with what must be a really weird script to read (seriously, a three-eyed giant with a penis brushing the ground?). It’s all beautifully insane, but somehow internally consistent. Roll on the next volume.

Book details

ISBN: 9781607066927
Publisher: Image Comics
Year of publication: 2013

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