I’m really enjoying this series so far. After finishing Volume 1 not so long ago, I know I have to immediately pickup the next volume. I’m planning to finish all the available volumes this year but I am doing it slowly because it will take some time again before the newest volume (which is volume 7) which is expected to be released by 2017.
As a briefer to those who haven’t yet started this series. This follows the love story of Marko and Alana who are from different planets that are at war with one another. Alana is from the technologically-advanced planet of Landfall and Marko is from Landfall’s satellite, Wreath, where its people is known to wield magic. The war needs to be waged in other planets because a destruction of one will cause the other to spin out of orbit. Marko was then a prisoner and Alana is her guard. They fell in love and what complicated things more is that they bore a daughter, Hazel. The series follows how they try to escape the hunters and the officers who are trying to catch them as their relationship is considered a taboo. Along the way they meet new friends and new enemies. And it’s totally entertaining.
This part contains some spoiler. Proceed at your own risk. 🙂 This volume immediately picks up where it left off, the team is on board the space ship on their way to Quietus, home of D. Oswald Heist, author of Alana’s favorite novel, A Night Time Smoke, where they are planning to take refuge. This volume includes a backstory about Marko’s childhood and he’s relationship with his parents who are now with them in the space ship. This series also includes the story how the relationship of Marko and Alana blossomed. It was also in this series where Marko’s ex-fiancée, Gwendolyn, was introduced. She’s teamed up with The Will, who was hired by Wreath High Command, to hunt for Marko’s family. (And let me just say that she’s total bad*ss. I really like how she’s portrayed.) The two also has a new company. Remember the young girl who The Will saw at Sextillion and being traded as a sex slave? Now they have adapted her. The plot thickens now because it was revealed that she has this psychic power that allows her to track Alana and Marko making the jobs easier for The Will and Gwendolyn. And this volume’s ending is a total cliffhanger, Prince Robot IV, the family’s main pursuer, finally reached Quietus waiting at D. Oswald Heist’s home without knowing that what he’s waiting is already their hiding! I am really excited to read the next volume!
I really like where this series is heading. The action, the drama, the humorr, they were all blended perfectly well that made the story so gripping and engaging. This volume has a better story line, still in parts told thru Hazel’s point of view which gave it a more personal touch. It moves flawlessly between the past and the present without confusing me. The action moves very fast between the pages. I finished this one in one sitting because I was really invested to it. Each chapter ends with a cliffhanger that you will left with no choice but to continue reading the next. There’s something in it that will keep you going.
The artwork is still on point, rich and detailed. There were a lot of new weird characters that were introduced and Fiona Staples did not disappoint. The artwork is still fantastic. I really adore how the writing and the artwork seamlessly worked hand in hand in delivering a well-balanced story. This series has its own certain character that is hard to resist. The illustrations are so vibrant and colorful which made me not to easily get bored while reading it. Beware though because this volume has some explicit content like men’s genitals and a sex scene. This is also not for the faint-hearted as it also has some cringe-worthy action scenes that includes slicing of heads and bursting bodies.
My most favorite part in this series is the family dynamics. I like the relationship of Marko and Alana towards their daughter. I also adore how Marko’s parents, despite their age, still care for their adult son. They are very willing to sacrifice their selves for him (and to his family). And of course, on Marko’s side, I really felt how he appreciates her parents. Snippets of him growing up in their planet were also shown in parts and the tragedy that happened in this series really made me tear up a bit.
This volume has showed a lot of character development. It’s in here that I appreciate more their characters. I like how the two complement each other. Alana has this very strong personality who tends to be be frank at times and Marko has this kind of reserved and adorable aura. Alana and Marko are still trying to understand the ropes of being parents and I really like how they both are very protective and caring. The presence of Marko’s parents, Klara and Barr, added an additional texture to the story. This series also put some spotlight to the secondary characters. There’s the ever witty Izabel; the bounty hunter but has a soft spot for kids, The Will and his cat; and the doom giver, Prince Robot IV.
Overall, this volume set the bar higher. I am hoping that the next volumes will continue the appeal that keeps me hooked to this series.
5 stars out of 5.
My Review of Saga Volume 1: My Thoughts About Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan (Writer) and Fiona Staples (Artist) (Book Review #103)
Author: by Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Fiona Staples (Artist)
Part of a Series: Yes (Volume #2)
Release Year: July 2013
Publisher: Image Comics
No. of Pages: 168 pages
About the Author
Born in Cleveland in 1976, Brian K. Vaughan is the Eisner, Harvey, and Shuster Award-winning writer and co-creator of the critically acclaimed comics series Y: The Last Man, Runaways, and Ex Machina (picked as one of the ten best works of fiction of 2005 by Entertainment Weekly).
Recently named “Writer of the Year” by Wizard Magazine, and one of the “top ten comic writers of all time” by Comic Book Resources, Vaughan’s work has been featured and/or reviewed in countless mainstream media outlets, including The New York Times, MTV, National Public Radio, and feminist magazine Bust, which photographed him for their “Men We Love” issue (don’t ask).
As an undergraduate film student at New York University, Vaughan got his big break as part of Marvel’s Stanhattan Project, a workshop for aspiring comic book writers. In the ten years since, he has written nearly all of the major DC and Marvel characters, everyone from Batman to the X-Men.
In September of 2006, Vertigo released Vaughan’s first original graphic novel, Pride of Baghdad, lavishly illustrated by artist Niko Henrichon. Inspired by an unbelievable true story of four lions who escaped the Baghdad Zoo during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Pride is equal parts anthropomorphic adventure and Animal Farm-like parable about the ongoing conflict in Iraq, and was described as “the best novel so far” about the war by the UK’s Telegraph.
Along with his creator-owned work, Vaughan is currently writing The Escapists, a Dark Horse miniseries inspired by Michael Chabon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, as well as a new Doctor Strange limited series for Marvel with artist Marcos Martin.
This summer, the new WGA member/CAA client transplanted his poor playwright wife to Los Angeles, where Vaughan is currently working on the screenplay adaptations of Y and Ex Machina for New Line Cinema, as well as other new creations in film and television.
His home on the web is http://www.bkv.tv, and he’s become the last aging hipster to get a MySpace page:www.myspace.com/briankvaughan
(About the Author and Photo courtesy of Goodreads)