Hugh Likes Comics: Saga #1

Written by Brian K. Vaughan

Art by Fiona Staples

Lettering and Design by Fonographics

 

Saga is a great comic.

It is the story of a young couple who struggle to build a life for themselves in spite of being caught on opposite sides of a terrible war. Hardly a new idea, but Vaughan throws some big twists into the mix. This isn’t their love story. It starts with the birth of their daughter. And the parents are from two alien species that have been fighting an intergalactic war for as long as recorded history.

Marko is an escaped prisoner of war. Alana is the guard who helped him escape, and everyone on both sides wants them dead. Alana just gave birth to their daughter, and the only things they have to protect them is his magic, her gun, and a dubious treasure map. That’s an epic challenge that only a pair of extraordinary individuals could accomplish.

But Marko and Alana aren’t heroes by any stretch of the imagination. Much like his previous work, the epic “Y the Last Man,” Vaughan is telling a story of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. The fact that this particular set of circumstances is on a fantastical world on the far side of a distant galaxy only goes to show his talent as a writer.

Saga,” much like that other big-time SF series, (You know the one, also begins with an ‘S’ it’s on the tip of my tongue) is the kind of space fantasy that only comes around once in a generation, and rewrites all the rules. Space fiction is primarily divided by scope. Either it is sprawling Space Opera, with grand scale battles and political maneuverings, or it is more personal and sociological fiction focusing on single characters and personal events. Saga does both, and does it in a brilliant way that satisfies the need for personal drama in the new family’s bid for freedom, and the large canvas as we see the robots, wizards, spies and bounty hunters all line up their sights on the helpless couple and their newborn.

Staple’s gorgeous and provocative art seals the deal. The opening birth scene, while not quite as in-your-face as “Miracle-Man,” doesn’t shy away. Especially when two teams of police interrupt to apprehend the fugitives. Another fine point to the art is the hand-lettered narration, which is incorporated directly in the images.

I won’t spoil any more of the plot, but Vaughan and Staples have me firmly on board for more. Right now, Saga #1 is free on Comixology. I recommend you go take advantage of that.

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