Rating: 4.5 stars for both volumes (I still think there is even better to come)
Marko and Alana are star-crossed lovers from either side of a huge and long-running intergalactic war. Marko is a prisoner, and Alana is his prison guard, when they fall in love, go on the run, and have a baby (who narrates several of the issues). Now both their peoples want them hunted down and killed, but at least one side wants the child alive.
I love pretty much every single character in this, and the series has pretty much anything you could possibly want – sexy main characters, witty banter, action, violence, wise cracking ghost girls, bounty hunters, evil armless spider-bodied assassin ladies, robot people, a sidekick cat that can tell (and will ruthlessly reveal) if people are lying.
Target: Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga. Art by Fiona Staples. Collecting issues 1-6
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.