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Saga, Vol. 3

By Brian K. Vaughan

Rating: 5 stars

Volume three of this Saga is as marvellous as the rest of the story to date. This time we follow Alana, Marko and Hazel, along with ghostly babysitter Izabel and grandmother Klara as they go to meet the writer who wrote the book that they fell in love over.

I continue to love this story, and now am gnashing my teeth that there won’t be any more for some time to come, as I’ve caught up with the collected trade paperbacks (a similar problem as I have with Gunnerkrigg Court, although at least here I don’t have the temptation of trying to read it three pages a week). Alana and Marko continue to be great protagonists. Their love for each other should be sickening for a cynical old so-and-so like me, but it’s so, so sweet. And it’s so funny as well. So many great lines, but which would make no sense out of context, so there’s no point repeating them here.

This volume also introduces two new characters, a pair of journalists working for a tabloid who get wind of this star-crossed love story and start snooping around. Like every other character in the book, they aren’t 2D stereotypes, but are rounded and have their own problems (not least of which is being accepted as gay on their home planet).

I have no idea where Vaughan and Staples are going with this story, but I’m sure as hell enjoying the ride.

Book details

ISBN: 9781607069317
Publisher: Image Comics
Year of publication: 2014

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

Saga, Vol. 1

By Brian K. Vaughan

Rating: 5 stars

Two soldiers from a galaxy-spanning war meet, fall in love and have a child. This is their story, and that of the child as they struggle to survive, being hunted by all sides for just trying to live.

The story in this graphic novel doesn’t hang around. It grabs you hard right from the opening panels. You sort of fall in love with these two people, and their obvious love for each other. The fact that one of them has wings and is from a technological civilisation, while the other has ram’s horns and can do magic is neither here nor there.

The backstory is intriguing, some of the secondary characters grotesque and intriguing (what’s with the Robot kingdom, for a start?) and I really like Izabel, the ghost child. The main plot is also really interesting and certainly makes me want to read more. Great cliffhanger too.

Book details

ISBN: 9781607066019
Publisher: Image Comics
Year of publication: 2012

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