April 12, 2013

Review of "Saga" Volume

 Saga is a new comic series written by Brian K. Vaughan; the acclaimed writer of Y the Last Man and illustrated by the sublime Fiona Staples.

The story centers around a young couple who have just had their first child.  They are on the run and wanted as traitors by warring galactic factions who chose their forbidden love over loyalty to the opposing war machines. Romeo and Juliet with laser beams, aliens, and magic.

The art is in turns sexy, horrifying, and otherworldly.  Clothing, character designs, and landscapes all look believable and realistic within the coordinates of this mesmerizing mash up of fantasy and sci-fi.  In many ways the realism of the characters contrasted with a unbelievable world structured in a believable way may remind you of China Mieville's novel Perdido Street Station.

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