05 November 2012

Review: Saga, Volume 1

Saga, Volume 1
Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hello, my new favorite comic.

This, like most everything Brian K. Vaughan does, was absolutely brilliant. The story is, at least so far, about two rival beings from warring planets who have fallen in love, have a child, and are now running from the authorities. The authorities have hired all manner of hitmen and such to get them, and that's the bare bones of it.

The book's brilliance comes from so many places. One, the concept is old yet refreshing - it's a gritty sci-fi story with plenty of action, a lot of heart, with some humor and uncomfortableness mixed in as well. The artwork, something I don't always notice when reading comics, is great - eye-catching while being subdued, a complement to the text as opposed to overwhelming the story. The characters that come up are great, too - you get the complexity of everyone very early on, and I can't think of anyone in the comic that I dislike as a character so far even if they're a good or bad guy. That's great writing.

It's weird, yes. It's absolutely different than most anything I've read in comic form up to this point. It's not Promethea weird, it's just unfamiliar, and it may be why it feels so refreshing, but I essentially hated that I had to put it down late the first night I picked it up, and essentially put my evening last night on hold to finish it up. A rock solid, awesome piece that anyone with even a slight interest in sci-fi or comics should pick up.

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