In bookstores you can usually find us isolated to certain areas: Matt — graphic novels, me — home/arts & crafts. Not surprising if you know us/read our blog. Well, we’re a predictable pair, so while browsing in Indigo (Canada’s Barnes & Noble but BETTER!) we came together at the register with our finds. I picked out a handmade ceramic pitcher and a book by Real Simple and Matt brought home an art companion to The Hobbit and just-some-graphic-novel-that-I-couldn’t-remember-the-name-of-five-minutes-later.
I gotta admit, I’m a bit of a snob. When Matt comes to me with a movie or video game or comic series and says “you should check this out, I think you’ll like it,” I usually answer with “yeah, cool” and go back to pinterest. I mean, you’d think I’d listen to him by now! He’s introduced me to Firefly, Watchmen, Heavy Rain, Game of Thrones, and well, this list is long enough to prove my point. Bottom line: he likes cool stuff! Sometimes I just get overwhelmed by how much content there is to be consumed, so I tend to be picky about what I get into. I have to have a gut feeling about something before I dedicate my precious time to obsessing over it. Eh, I guess you can say snobbery is my hamartia.
That being said, I hope this review holds a bit more weight and you read me loud and clear when I say: Saga is amazing and you should really check it out! Come on man, don’t be such a snob ;)
Firstly, I want to point out what got me to pick up the book. There’s a gorgeous, badass breastfeeding mama on the cover! Being a gorgeous, badass breastfeeding mama myself, I was intrigued. It’s not hard to find boobs on the cover of a comic book, but you don’t see many babies attached to said boobs on said covers.
The story opens with the birth of Hazel, our intermittent narrator. Her parents, Alana and Marko, are star-crossed lovers caught in a galactic war that began on their home planets Landfall and its moon, Wreath, respectively. In the first six issues (the first collection), we meet a handful of other characters whose POV you get to read from. It’s a lot like Star Wars in that the various species, worlds and lore are foreign in every sense of the word, yet appear rich and rooted. Once you start reading about this galaxy, the milky way will be dull as a brick.
Brian K. Vaughan’s writing is very Whedon-esque, which is no surprise as he cites Joss as his inspiration to write. Fans will definitely get nostalgic for Firefly while reading Saga.
Hazel’s narration is witty and insightful, even beautiful at times.
“Most of my childhood was spent clinging to the feathers of a dulled arrow blindly fired across a starless night.”
Fiona Staple’s illustrations perfectly compliment the story. The worlds and characters are so alien (pun intended!) yet accessible. Just to give you an idea, there are people with TV heads, a creepy spider lady and a hot pink ghost with her guts hanging out, yet nothing feels out of place. It’s one of those things that ‘just works!’
I’ve only finished the first collection but I’m already hooked. I can’t wait to catch up! I’ve already started planning out our cosplay for comic con coming up in 2 weeks *eeeeek* And yeah, so what? I’m dressing my baby boy up as a baby girl! He’ll get me back one day.
So there’s my recommendation. If you check it out, let me know what you think!
(Disclaimer: the series does contain some mature content, i.e. nudity and violence)