Book Review: Saga by Image Comics

Saga is the latest effort by writer Brian K. Vaughn (Lost, Ex-Machina) and artist Fiona Staples (T.H.U.N.D.E.R Agents).  According to the Image Comics website, it’s a “sci-fi/fantasy epic for mature readers” where “Star Wars style action collides with Game of Thrones-esque drama.”  From the first few pages, I couldn’t put this book down. Honestly, I can’t get enough of Saga and I’m obviously not alone in this. Chapter four just came out last Wednesday and chapter one is already into its fourth printing. This is easily one of the best comics out right now.

The main characters Marko and Alana are Romeo and Juliet types from opposite sides of a galactic war who met in a prison and ran away to another planet and had a daughter, Hazel. Hazel is often narrating the story from some unspecified future. With horns and wings respectively, Marko and Alana are some of the most normal-looking of the characters, as there is also a prince who is a robot with a TV for a head, an assassin who is about 10 feet tall with eight spider legs and eyes on her chest, and a floating teenaged girl ghost who only has an upper body with entrails hanging out.

Since the two main characters are on the run, the story really moves along and things happen that you wouldn’t anticipate. Chapter four is a bit x-rated compared to the previous issues, but it’s not nearly as depraved as what can be found in other comics out right now. If you’re looking for dark, you won’t find it here. The Saga universe is not necessarily a dystopic future; despite their situation the characters are amazingly upbeat and it’s actually kind of refreshing.

Brian K. Vaughn is an amazing writer with an incredible imagination and Fiona Staples’ art couldn’t be better suited to the story that Brian is telling.  I don’t want to give away any more about Saga. You’ll just have to read it for yourself.   Rating: A+ (Highly Recommended)

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