Saga Flash Review

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Saga, written by Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man) and drawn by Fiona Staples (Gods and Monsters), is one of those few examples of when two mediums of art come together to form a masterpiece.

Immersed within a galactic world, two members of warring races fall in love, have a child no one knew could be born, and are hunted down by mercenaries. Marko and Alana’s union and newly born child are seen as an abomination forcing them to search for a safe place in a savage galaxy. They are on the run from a T.V. headed royal robot, a vicious spider woman, and a mercenary caught between doing what is right and making his cash (who also has an awesome cat that can sense when someone is lying). This is a story in which you conflictingly root for everyone. The characters display such a raw humanity that you will cringe when they are in danger and hope that they all survive.

The visuals are clean yet leave in the artists strokes. The colors are bright and rich enveloping a sci-fi world with fantasy and wonder. The characters and settings are designed so interestingly that you almost believe they could all exist far far away. Simply a pleasure for the eyes.

Saga has just won the Hugo Award, one of the most prestigious awards in the genre of science fiction, for best graphic story. When you read it, you’ll understand why.

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7 responses to “Saga Flash Review

  1. I just finished volume 2 of Saga the other day. Along with Chew, it’s one of my favourite current graphic novels (favourite complete ones are Preacher, 100 Bullets and The Crow).

    What I find really interesting about it is how it manages to make all of the “alien” characters seem so very human in their own ways. There are moments of tenderness and love even with the spider woman. The TV headed Prince Robot IV is a great example of someone who has just seen too much, and is haunted by it, but doesn’t know how to ask for help. The story as a whole as a really nice balance and contrast between moments of heart-warming tenderness, comedy, action and the horrors of war (albeit a fairly sci-fi/fantasy war).

    Sadly I collect my graphic novels as trade paperback collections, so I have to wait until there’s enough single issues released for a new one to be collected before I can continue the story. But the day it comes out, I’ll be over at the comic shop grabbing my copy.

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  2. Great observations as always! I’m in the same boat when it comes to the paperback dilemma. I have been so tempted to pick up the individual issues but I know that I’ll end up buying the paperback version anyways. 1st world problems? I think so hahaha.

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  3. Yes, absolutely. I just finished #15 – Saga is one of the only comics I can’t wait for trades or price drops, I have to get it as it comes out. (This is alongside Matt Fraction’s Sex Criminals and the new Sandman Overtures.)

    There isn’t an issue of that book that doesn’t have at least one moment where I read and re-read, feeling punched in the chest (complete with fighting back tears.) Literally a perfect book.

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