Throughout my years I’ve only read graphic novels sporadically, but recently I’ve wanted to delve deeper into the genre. Over the past year I’ve been reading the major highlights of the Marvel Universe since 2000 (starting with Avengers Disassembled for my nerds out there).
As I continue on my Marvel journey (I’m up to the 2012 issues!), I wanted to make sure that I wasn’t ignoring other graphic novel staples.
A few from Image Comics have been on my peripheral, but none like Saga. This seems to be the shit right now. And after reading the first two volumes I think I’m understanding the hype surrounding this series.
The premise is pretty basic: Marko and Alana, two star-crossed lovers of different warring races, whose love is not only forbidden but a revulsion to their kind, have run off together. The races of each have been at war with each other for decades and will not stand this unholy union. Not just because the two are now married, but because Alana just had a baby.
The first two volumes set up this very detailed and different universe, as Marko and Alana become fugitives, while introducing the allies and enemies that they gain along the way. In Marko and Alana we have two likable and complex characters, trying everything to survive and find a place for their new family.
There are many aspects I loved about both volumes, but my favorite is the artwork. Somehow it is both beautiful and very unsettling, and the novel is able to maintain that balance (for the most part, there is one really gross character in Vol 2).
I also really appreciated the diversity of the characters and their universe. I felt the history of the war and how it has not only shaped their lives, but the lives of countless alien races stuck in middle of this never-ending fight.
Fair warning! This series is very mature, not only in art, but in dialogue and themes as well. So uh, don’t get this for your kid unless they’re a pretty mature teen.
In the end, I’m thankfully I took a break from Marvel to check this series out, and I’m pretty sure I’ll be ordering the next two volumes of Saga in the near future.
Volume One: 9/10
Volume Two: 8/10
In the Margins
- And by ‘in the near future’ I mean I pray I can make it to September. They’re just so good.
- The Author is Brian K. Vaughan and the Artist is Fiona Staples
- I didn’t mention it in the review, but Alana and The Will are my favorite characters so far. I’m wondering if that will change.
- As I prepare for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child I decided I needed some more magic in my life. Next week I’ll be reading and reviewing The Magicians by Lev Grossman.