Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga: Sci-fi Fantasy at it’s finest!
So for my birthday a few months back a good friend of mine got me the trade paperback of Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga series. I finally got around to reading it (better late then never) and I loved it! Now I’ll be honest, I rarely pick up non-superhero graphic novels on my own. But my buddy, who reads more comic books than most publishers, knows his stuff. He recently turned me on to Jonathan Hickman’s The Manhattan Projects and I’m pretty sure he was the first one to hand me an issue of Vaughan’s Y: The Last Man. Anyway, when I unwrapped Saga I knew it was something special. And it didn’t disappoint. Saga’s a pretty sweet blend of sci-fi fantasy that builds upon a few strong story-lines focused around some pretty interesting characters. The main two, or should I say three, are Alana and Marko, deserters from opposite sides of an intergalactic war, and their newborn daughter Hazel (who actually narrates the book… I guess a first for Vaughan) But the supporting cast of characters is just as strong… including a robot prince antagonist and a badass (but good hearted) bounty hunter. Like I said, this is pretty bad-ass sci-fi fantasy stuff. Consider it a perfect blend of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Romeo and Juliet. There’s some great world building going on and I’m eager to see the multiple story-lines come together. Also, the art work by Fiona Staples is stellar so if you get the chance, check it out yourself!