Where do I even start with this comic? I mean, the only flaw I can think of right now is that I want more of it now and not later. It’s just so damn good. Maybe not everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s mine and it’s really, really good tea.
Before its release, Brain K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ Saga was described as ‘‘Star Wars meats Game of Thrones in a setting reminiscent of the old Heavy Metal magazines’’, but I don’t like this description. Sure, it’s a space opera, but the description feels reductive and binds the comic to rules that are not its own. From those first 6 issues it’s blatantly apparent that we have only scratched the surface of the universe the creator set up.
Saga is at first a love story, the love story between Alana of Landfall and Marko of Wreath. Their planets are locked in an endless war that has spread over the entire galaxy and beyond. The story starts with Alana giving birth in a garage on the mud planet of Cleave. With the forces of both races pursuing them for desertion, the couple must escape if they want to give their newborn daughter Hazel, the narrator of this comic, a chance to live. Oh, you’ve read that right; it is Hazel who provides a narration that feels a lot like an old woman remembering her life, yet another sign that this is truly meant to be a long series. With characters ranging from robot royalty to bounty hunters, this series is full of possibilities. Possibilities that are only accentuated by the world of Saga: Part technology and part magic, we haven’t seen everything yet.
Saga could probably be a great series of books, but Fiona Staples’ art makes you see how it needs to be a comic book. The designs of the characters always feel fresh. Everything catches your eye. The trick is one that goes back to 2D animation. Vibrant characters over a slightly dulled background. Trust me tough, it never feels like a cheap filmation cartoon. Not a single panel. Speaking of panels, her layout really works with some of the more comedic moments. Because yes, this comic book can be quite funny, even hilarious. Maybe the jokes are a bit on the blue side, but this is not a kid’s story.
So far, only 6 issues have been released and they can all be found in this first volume. Every good comic book shop will sell it to you at its US cover price of 9.99$. If you’ve ever like science fiction, you’d be a fool not to try this series.