Saga is a graphic novel by Brian K. Vaughan(Y: The Last Man, Lost) and Fiona Staples(Mystery Society) that tells the story of Alana, Marko, and their infant child Hazel. In a Romeo and Juliet style tale, Saga’s two protaganists are from different sides of a galaxy wide war. Both sides decide that the couple represents a danger to their war efforts and hire galactic bounty hunters to track them down. The focus of the story is about both of them fleeing from assassins as well as raising a family.
At the time of this review I am 24 chapters in to this on-going series, and while the comic overall is good, Brian K. Vaughan casts a very wide net in his storytelling which sometimes fails to pay off. This may not come as much of a surprise to those of you familiar with his work as a writer for the television show Lost. It was originally billed as Star Wars meets Game of Thrones. I understand the comparisons, the large scale outer space universe with several different races of Star Wars mixed with the multifaceted war of Game of Thrones; however, that description seems misleading. While both elements are part of the story, it seems the main focus is more on the family interactions than it is the action and intrigue elements… as well as some crude parts thrown in.
Saga is definetly worth your time. While it has yet to reach the heights of Vaughan’s Y: The Last Man series, it is still an excellent read. Most of the large cast of characters are really interesting, and the artwork by Fiona Staples is amazing. This is a must read for those looking for something different from your super hero comics.