Saga, Volume 2

Saga, Volume 2

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by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
     
 

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  • The smash-hit ongoing epic continues! Thanks to her star-crossed parents
    Marko and Alana, newborn baby Hazel has already survived lethal assassins,
    rampaging armies, and alien monstrosities, but in the cold vastness of outer space, the little girl encounters something truly frightening: her grandparents!
  • Named one of Time Magazine's top 10

Overview

  • The smash-hit ongoing epic continues! Thanks to her star-crossed parents
    Marko and Alana, newborn baby Hazel has already survived lethal assassins,
    rampaging armies, and alien monstrosities, but in the cold vastness of outer space, the little girl encounters something truly frightening: her grandparents!
  • Named one of Time Magazine's top 10 graphic novels for
    2013

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
09/15/2013
Star-crossed lovers Alana and Marko, with their interspecies child, made a huge splash in Volume 1 last year. In Volume 2, we learn enough about the freelancers hired to kill them that we want to root for both these assassins as well as their intended prey. We ache for The Will—a stoic bounty hunter—because of his doomed love for The Stalk—a very strange topless crab-woman now dead—and because he wants to free a child prostitute from bondage. And we begin to understand why Prince Robot IV has problems with his wife and may not have much interest in war despite his protestations against pacifism. This is suggested by two small explicit gay-sex images shown in the Prince's monitor-face during a raging battle, giving us a nongratuitous clue about what was really on his semiconscious mind while being hit by Wreathean fire. As for our nuclear-family fugitives, we learn how they met and what happens when Marko's don't-mess-with-us parents track them down. VERDICT Hyping character development and emotional action on par with the narrative action, creators Vaughan and Staples maintain appeal and excellence in this adult series.—M.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781607066927
Publisher:
Image Comics
Publication date:
07/09/2013
Series:
Brian K. Vaughan's Saga Series , #2
Edition description:
Mature Readers (ages 16 and up)
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
23,636
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

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Saga, Volume 2 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
So far this is pretty good, from the art style to the pacing and characters, it does make you want to keep reading.
PaulAllard More than 1 year ago
A great tale – fantasy science fiction Having read Volumes 4 & 5, I got hold of this volume and it has helped fill in the gaps of what transpired before. I enjoyed this volume a lot. The main part of this story deals with the burgeoning romance between Marko and Alana and its consequences for both of them and Marko’s family. There are sub-plots and the writing is definitely engaging and makes the reader want more. I’ll have to read Volume 1 again sometime to fit it all together but Volume 2 works quite well on its own. Recommended to all lovers of good stories with a touch of romance!
mjm101 More than 1 year ago
I loved the first volume, and I really loved this second one. More please.
Sammy_G More than 1 year ago
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!
Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
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.
littlebeeNY More than 1 year ago
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.
WellReadGiant More than 1 year ago
The best team in comics right now keeps getting better!
Mrs_Robinson More than 1 year ago
I can't wait for the next volume -- the artwork is beautiful and the story is fascinating! Tons of action with much humor in the storyline. Highly recommended.