Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Saga, Volumes 1 & 2 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

Saga, Volumes 1 & 2 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
Graphic novels, by their nature and history, have a tendency to play with themes and concepts that are a bit odd even in science fiction novels. The story starts in the middle of a long, ongoing war between two races, one uses magic and the other technology. The conflict has gone on for so long that the two species have opted to outsource their battles to other planets in order to save their own from the devastation of war. Our main characters are star-crossed lovers, one from each of the feuding species. We come into the story as their child is being born and they learn that both of their species is hunting them and their child to put an end to all three.
The storytelling is remarkable; we learn small bits of the backstory and the unique universe that Vaughan has created. With little fragments, he brings a story of war and love, of life and cultures, machines and nature, so complex, so strange that even the participants of the story are never sure what to expect.
This graphic novel is not for everyone. There are liberal amounts of sex, nudity, violence, gore, language, and general weirdness. , But if such things do not bother you, then I would strongly recommend you read these graphic novels and experience for yourself. For every crass moment that Vaughan writes and Staples draws, there are equally poignant moments and it becomes clear how Saga won the Eisner Best New, Best Continuing, and Best Writer Awards for 2013.

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