Book Review: Saga Vol. 1, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

“Am I shitting? It feels like I’m shitting!”

This is how you meet Alana (the one with the wings) and Marko (the one with the horns).

Alana and Marko from the cover of Saga, Volume 1
image c/o imagecomics.com, copyright Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

They’re having a baby (awww). Like many new parents, they can’t agree on a name.

They’re also fugitives caught in the middle of an intergalactic war between their home nations: the magic-using Wreaths, and the technologist Landfallians, whose Prince Robot IV has a TV where his head should be. Wreath is Landfall’s moon, so to avoid war destroying both their homes, their battles have been outsourced to other planets. Marko and Alana need to find some planet where they can be safe: but everywhere they go, they are followed…

Then there’s Izabel, the nocturnal ghost who still has travel plans; Freelancer The Will, who’s trying to fight off rival assassins while weighed down by an inconvenient saviour complex and his feelings for his ex-girlfriend, fellow assassin The Stalk; and his reluctant sidekick, the Lying Cat.

The Will visits a brothel
image c/o imagecomics.com, copyright Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

It’s a hilarious, touching, genre-blending story with plenty of action, all beautifully rendered by Fiona Staples’ art. The world-building is clear and believable without leaning too heavily on exposition, with the confidence to leave some things to the imagination. Bonus: a story where the romantic relationship is the beginning, not the end.

If you’d like a taster, you can read issue #1 of Saga for free online here (Vol. 1 covers #1-6).

Volume 2 is out in July and you’d better believe I’ll be buying it. Or if you can’t wait that long, individual issues are available to order from imagecomics.com and digitally from here.

Volume 1 is also available on Amazon, with Volume 2 available to preorder.

Recommended reading age is 17+, presumably because of the sex, though there is more violence. 

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