Thursday, November 22, 2012

Review: Saga Volume 1

A forbidden love births a forbidden child. In a galaxy where war is the norm and neibor species cannot coexist with each other Alana and Marko find a way to overcome the hate and discover love.

Magic versus Science, Royalty with tv for heads and lies detecting cats. All this and more crayziness from Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples.

This migh just be the start to a glorious new series.

How good is it?

This book is a delight to read. Simple as that.

I was a bit fearful for all the hype Saga is getting, but luckily my fears were unfounded. Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples present the reader with a masterpiece of the 9th art. In Saga Volume 1 you'll find sequential storytelling at its best.

BKV creates a Universe at war. Two enemy races have been going at it for a long time. Why? Thus far your guess is as good as mine. The war isn't the center issue in Saga. Marko and Alana's forbidden love and their lovechild are. Saga follows our three main characters with they struggle to get away from the war and find a peaceful place to raise their child.

In this first volume we're introduced to our protagonists, the antagonists, a planet wide sex district, bounty hunters, the war, ghosts and the grandparents. This might seem too much for a single volume but nothing is done in a contrived way. On the contrary, everything comes to be in a organic and dynamic way.

Fiona Staples pencils are hard to describe. It takes a few pages to get used to. At first it seems sloppy and fuzzy. But as you turn the pages it grows on you and its hard not to fall in love with it. By the end of the first chapter you'll come to the conclusion that Fiona's art its not sloppy but subtle, its also not fuzzy but an entanglement of pastel backgrounds with vibrant character designs.

While disturbing at times, the character designs are really original and a pleasure to look at. Fiona made a great job in creating a vast array of races of all shapes, colors and sizes, that fit the feel BKV gives to the story like a glove.

This book is highly on sex and sexuality. There are several explicit sex scenes and dialogue as well as some nudes here and there. Its never cheesy or sexist about it, but it is there. This makes Saga Volume 1 not suited to younger audiences or reading on the train.

Its a girl
Sassy plants

Would I recommend it?

Saga Volume 1 is a great book. Original, interesting and very promising. BKV and Fiona might have created the beginning of a long and wonderful journey through the cosmos, exploring new and exciting worlds and cultures while simply trying to lead a peaceful and joyous live.

This one is a must read for any sci-fi / fantasy buff or just about anyone who enjoys a good and exciting story, not about war but about life.

Publisher: Image Comics
Year: 2012
Pages: 160
Authors: Brian K Vaughan, Fiona Staples


  1. Great review, and I love the last line, this isn't about war, it's about life. I only bought the first 4 issues of Saga, I loved the story but like you said, Fiona's art does seem sloppy... and after 4 issues I couldn't get used to it. In fact, it started bothering me so much that I just couldn't enjoy reading the comic anymore.

    1. Thanks Arion.

      But it is about love. War is just the background.

      At first the art bothered me too, but more or less halfway in the TPB I fell in love with it. It looks like regular art against a water-painted background. By the end I loved it. Hard to explain.

      But where it all shines is in BKV's writing. Damn he knows how to setup big journey books.

    2. You're welcome.

      It's about love alright.

      Unfortunately I didn't fall in love with Fiona's style...

  2. Olá Rui
    O meu Banner, este último, foi feito por outras pessoas, não por mim. Antigamente fazia muitos banners para o blog no Photoshop, não é dificil (eu tb não sei desenhar!

    Nice blog!
    Já estou a seguir.


    1. Nuno,

      Gosto muito do teu Banner. A imagem pode ser simples mas juntamente mas a font que usaram fica muito bom.

      Vou deambular pelo Photoshop. Vamos ver o que dá :)

      Obrigado por seguires :)