“Doesn’t matter if it’s personal or professional, a good partnership takes work.”
– Narrator in Saga (Volume 1)
Who would’ve thought that science fiction and fantasy could give birth to such a beautiful piece. I have been reading countless number of comics for a couple of months but I’ve never really dove into something more galactic. I have to say that I’m really glad that I came across this comic series and got the chance to read the first issues of this beautiful and promising story. Saga (Volume 1) by Brian K. Vaughan collects issues #1 to 6 and vows to get you hooked till the end. This trade paperback introduces us to some major characters while giving us a good idea of the setting and the overall situation. It also gives us amazing and very entertaining background stories that never cease to intrigue you. Saga familiarizes us with two soldiers, Alana and Marko, from two different planets, Landfall (the biggest planet in their universe) and Wreath (an orbit to Landfall). These two planets have been in war for years yet these two fellows fall in love after escaping a prison where she worked and he was imprisoned. Giving birth to a child in the midst of this war, this trade paperback focuses on these protagonists running away from their pursuers (people from Landfall and Wreath) who have concluded that these two soldiers have betrayed them while learning on their own backstories and personalities. Narrated by the new born, Saga unfolds several episodes of this newly founded family that seek peace in a universe condemned to violence and war.
“Violence is stupid. Even as a last resort, it only ever begets more of the same.”
– Marko in Saga (Volume 1)
Well-written, the story in each issue is also brilliantly thought out. There’s always new and fascinating creatures that appear and bring depth and surprise to Saga. We get to see stories unravel like never before and learn so much on the characters. Every issue gives us great insight on the protagonists and the antagonists. The dialogue makes it so much more relatable and empathetic to them. I’ve never been so interested in the characters, like Alana and Marko, as they put forth their beliefs and thoughts through their actions and conversations. Even the artwork by Fiano Staples helps us believe even more in the characters. Every little detail come into play and adds credibility in what’s said and done. The artwork is one of the best out there, beautiful and vivid. It’s highly unlikely that you could find problems in it that could hinder the story. It truly is amazing how the comic has such a fast pace while covering so much of everyone’s personas.
The level of maturity and all the adult themes makes this a really fun and compelling comic. In just six issues, Brian K. Vaughan touches upon more themes than fingers on your hands. From sex slavery to violence, this comic doesn’t lack in ideas. Some people might say it was overburdened by themes, but if you think about it, every issue had just the right amount to give us a creative, thoughtful and beautiful story. Even the narration by the new born child is amazing. Since when were babies so insightful? Not only are the themes mature and thought-provoking, there are really nice cliff-hangers. Saga (Volume 1) is always ready to leave you hanging. Good thing it’s a trade paperback. Throughout the trade paperback, you’re also bound to crack a smile and even laugh a couple times as you follow the adventures of the characters. You just can’t foresee what’s about to happen in the next panel and the astonishment of what you’ll read will beg you to react, laugh and sometimes be disgusted. In fact, some scenes has some pretty nasty gore. I have to say that gore never seemed so enjoyable before.
“When a man carries an instrument of violence, he’ll always find the justification to use it. If we really want to escape this war, we have to stop bringing it with us.”
– Marko in Saga (Volume 1)
One thing’s for sure. When I finished this volume, I absolutely wanted to get my hands on the next volume. And the volume after that. And then the volume after that. It’s really insane how hungry this comic can get you once you sift through the first six issues. Gripping, colorful and provocative, this comic series is absolutely promising and has so much in store for us. With only the first issues, you’re sure to find it too short (might be the only flaw for any fan of Saga, but really, it isn’t) yet unquestionably satisfying. Serving especially as an introduction to set up the characters and the setting, Saga is bound to have a lot of mind-blowing events in store for us. This trade paperback is definitely worth a read and you will definitely discover a beautiful world you’d want to know more about.
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