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Posted September 8, 2013
Sometimes coming into a story in progress can be a challenge. Br
Sometimes coming into a story in progress can be a challenge. Brian K. Vaughn must be some master storyteller because I was hooked on the first page and filled in on the backstory beautifully through the six books in this volume. I felt so thoroughly caught up that I wondered what Volume 1 could possibly contain.
Saga is epic (haha). War has created a legacy of hate between two species with no end in sight. Political machinations churn beneath strange alliances. In the middle of all this, two enemies meet and find common ground in probably the awesomest way ever - a romance novel. Alana, a solider, reads while on boring guard duty and can't find anyone to share her enthusiasm for it, until she is assigned to watch Marko, a prisoner of war. The book has a not-terribly-subtle subversive message, of pacifism, an idea wholly verboten in their world. They fall in love over the book and eventually seek refuge with Marko's parents while two factions pursue them across the universe: Marko's people (headed up by his very angry ex-girlfriend) and Alana's military cronies (led by a diabolical prince).
Let's be honest here, just about no one is happy here, but the story is remarkably unflinching and real without being gritty or broody. It is at times hilarious, poignant, and thankfully unsentimental. It can also be gory, phantasmagorical, and crude. If the plot and the mood sound like a wide spectrum, the tropes also run the gamut. The impossible-to-please mother-in-law, the wiseass kid, the star-crossed lovers, the sad waif, the adorably smug pet, the scorned woman, but they don't feel like tropes. Every character is nuanced to give each depth and humanity. It's a wonder and everyone needs to experience Vaughn's virtuosity. My only caveat is that this isn't for kids. Some elements reminded me of Bleach, which is for teens because of violence, and this is a step up from that. Get kids to read Saga, by all means, but when it's appropriate.
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Posted January 31, 2014
Another thrilling epic from Brian K Vaughan!!!
This book is absolute perfection in terms of writing and artwork. Fiona Staples was a perfect fit for this series. If this series continues to unravel the way it's been I guarantee it will make every top ten list for the next century. Do yourself a favor and read Saga, you won't be disappointed!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 13, 2014
One great thing about Image Comics is the complete creative freedom given to its creators. Here, Brian K. Vaughan illustrates how unconventionally phenomenal he is. This book is pure Vaughan. His creativity is insanely wild and this world he is creating is so off the wall. I love it. The book's definitely not for your average main stream comics' fan but if you have an open mind you should love it as much as I do. The wild concepts are made even more vivid by the art by Fiona Staples. She has crafted a look so unique and strange that this book will be remembered for a long time. Overall, a fantastic read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 5, 2014
I feel like not enough people know about this book. It is soooo wonderful, everything about it is different and beautiful. This family finds the beauty and life in the simplest things. The art is unbelievable, the feeling of the pages is so smooth.Cant wait for the third volume to come out. So worth your time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 25, 2013