Profile: Comics, Science Fiction, Space Opera
After Action Report:
Saga is probably the most praised comic currently running. Brain K. Vaughan has a bit of a reputation for excellent comics with his Y: The Last Man and Ex Machina stories making lots of people’s must-read lists. So it shouldn’t be surprising that readers and industry wonks alike were practically frothing over Vaughan’s new series. I got to this party a little late, mostly because I don’t see the point of collecting individual issues and prefer to wait for the mass-market paperback collections. So I write this review with the enormous pressure of thousands of positive reviews sitting on my back. Not that I feel the need to contradict them. Saga is an excellent book with only one serious fault. And that fault is one that could easily be corrected with time/more issues.
Saga is the story of Hazel, the half-breed offspring of soldiers of two warring races. Her parents, Marko and Alana who are the protagonists of these first few issues, are objectors to a galaxy-spanning war that has lasted as long as either side can remember and has no end in sight. Their joint desertion, and subsequent fraternization, is problematic to the higher-ups of both sides so Hazel’s baby shower gifts are mercenaries and a platoon of trigger-happy goons. The first six issues cover the new family’s attempts to escape their pursuers and get off-planet.