Saga, Vol. 1
I haven't read the next books in the series as of this review, but I hope Vaughan is able to maintain an interesting ongoing drama. Plenty of writers can think of neat ideas, whether or not they can tell equally fascinating stories is another question.
I'm hooked. This story is great and the art is beautiful. I never did find Volume 2, but I'm kicking myself for not grabbing the other Volumes I found because the price was right!!
I don't even know how to review this, other than to say that the story keeps you hungry for more. I want to know more about this war. How and why did it start? Does anyone even know what they're fighting for anymore? Has anyone even considered peace? How did Marko and Alana fall in love? How did they escape? How will they stay safe? So many questions; it's like watching an episode of Lost! I cannot wait to get a hold of Volume 2.
But instead of 'some kid', it's Brian K. Vaughan, i.e. clearly someone that knows how to write. This bare fact and other more subtle clues (e.g. the expert pacing) suggest that the amateurishness of the setting is not an accident but a deliberate choice. What looks like crap is in reality an Ode to Crap, a riff on the storytelling of childhood, an old song in your head from way back, played back as an adult, looking back.
There's a lot going on structurally that I really like. Like a child's story, the narrator is a child. But instead of an orphan with a 'special destiny' etc., the story is the story of her parents. The character and motives that drive the plot are those of a parent, not a child. It's a story about parenthood, not childhood. The narrator is talking about her past, about events that occured when she was a baby. So while she is telling the story, at the same time this is a story that must have been told TO her. Basically, the story, this Saga, is simultaneously a story told as if by a child and as if by a parent for a child. I might have a think about this and blather in more detail later.
Lastly, the art by Fiona Staples is top notch. Vaughan claims that she told him a joke about herself as a comic book artist: "You can't make a comic book without staples!" This is the sort of anecdote that is so good that it doesn't even matter if it's true. If you get it, just go with it, and enjoy the ride.
An epic series I just now discovered. I read the first volume and was hooked. I like the blend of sci-fi and fantasy with both space and magic rolled into one series. Also great to see a story about an interracial family! I'm sure I'll read all of these.
First graphic novel ever read. And what a surprise it was. The format of this genre is very different from regular books. There's art, and at first I wasn't sure how much time I should be spending inspecting the art of each panel, after reading the text. But eventually I reached an easy pace, and finished the volume within a couple hours.
The story is fully unique. A sci-fi opera about star-crossed lovers from waring spiecies. Both have betrayed thier own in different ways, and are therefore being hunted by both sides. Marco and Alana have a lot of chemistry, something I wasn't sure could be portrayed well in a graphic novel, but the art may have actually helped. You can see how they look at eachother; the love and joy, usually with a touch of exasperation on Alana's part.
The Will, a bounty hunter sent to kill Marco and Alana and capture their child, Hazel, was another interesting character. He's cold and withdrawn, as one generally is when their job involves murder, but man did he have a heart of gold when he met the young girl slave. He forgets about his pride and pauses his mission to get her out to safety. How pure.