Author: Brian K. Vaughan
Illustrator: Fiona Staples
Publisher: Image Comics
Two worlds are at war. One world is home to Marko, who is part of a race of horned humanoids with the ability to cast spells. The second world is home to Alana, a winged beauty whose society has advanced in technology and is intermingled with robotic life forms with television sets for heads. Their forbidden love has dire consequences as both worlds seek to make an example of their treachery. To make matters worse, they have brought a new child into this war-ridden world. With a fantastic blend of space opera, gritty fantasy, and pulp-style humor, Saga delivers on many levels.
I’ve been looking for a good space opera comic series for quite some time. I have read people comparing this to Game of Thrones in space, but that simple comparison doesn’t do the story justice. Yes it is edgy, with R-rated language and the sexual exploits of deviant minds, but it does not try to be epic in the grand scale Martin has created in his fictional series. In short, Saga doesn’t take itself as seriously.
But therein lies its strength. Page after page, we experience the humorous exploits of Marko and Halana and the strange mutated hitmen/women that are hired to assassinate them for a bounty. There is great action and fantastic world-building that makes the comic a true delight to read.
Text in the background of the panels serves as the narration of Marko and Alana’s daughter, who we know survives this whole ordeal, giving the reader a broad projection into the future that these are characters will stay with us. The artwork is well-crafted, fully capturing the imagination of the various creatures and events that take place.
I don’t have a lot more to say. This is my favorite comic out there right now, with a fun blend of humor and speculative fiction much like what Joe Hill is doing so successfully with Locke & Key. Great stuff!