Saga Volume Two by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Genre: Science Fiction (Graphic Novel)
Series: #2 in the Saga series
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: 2013
Source: e-galley provided by publisher through NetGalley
The Short Version:
A young couple in love attempt to keep their baby daughter safe in the midst of a galactic war while they’re on the run and being hunted.
Why I Read It:
The first volume of this series blew me away. It’s so different from anything I’ve read before and the artwork was amazing. I’ve been waiting for volume 2 ever since I read the last page of volume 1,
This volume 2 is a compilation of issues 7-12 of the comic series.
From the Image Comics website about the series:
Saga is an epic space opera/fantasy comic book series created by writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples, published monthly by Image Comics. The series is heavily influenced by Star Wars, and based on ideas Vaughan conceived both as a child and as a parent. It depicts two lovers from long-warring extraterrestrial races, Alana and Marko, fleeing authorities from both sides of a galactic war as they struggle to care for their newborn daughter, Hazel, who occasionally narrates the series
And about volume 2:
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 her family’s greatest challenge yet: the grandparents.
This is definitely a comic for adults with sexual content and violence.
It is however, imaginative, exciting, creative, inventive, and beautifully drawn. It’s also a series that I can heartily recommend.
I handed the first volume to The Hubster this weekend and all I said was “Just trust me”. He started it and read it straight through. He liked it and is looking forward to reading this volume.
This seems on the surface to be a science fiction story but there are so many elements of romance, adventure, and humor that you almost stop noticing that Marko has horns and Alana has wings. The bad guys are suitably creepy but at the same time their stories are expanded enough that you start sympathizing with them (well, some of them).
I liked that this volume progressed the story but at the same time included some flashbacks to round out Marko and Alana’s backgrounds.
The artwork is absolutely amazing. When you have otherworldy characters the sky is the limit but Fiona Staples has managed to create characters that have personalities without being mere creatures. I enjoyed reading the galley version of this on my ipad because it allowed me to zoom in and more fully appreciate the artwork.
Also, I would kill to have Alana’s hair and I wish at least one of our cats was a lying cat.