Author: Brian K Vaughan
Art: Fiona Staples
Genre: Sci Fi/ Fantasy
Awards: Hugo Award for best Graphic Story 2013, 6 Harvey Awards 2013, 3 Eisner Awards 2013
Themes: Family, Authority, Violence/Pacifism
I’m pretty sure I lack the vocabulary to accurately convey how incredible the opening volume of Saga is but I will try. We begin with two star crossed lovers, and their forbidden union forged when Alana was Marko's gaoler. They are two sides of a galactic wide war, and it quickly becomes clear that several parties will do anything to sever their union.
The first thing that struck me about Saga was the incredible illustrations by Fiona Staples which really brought the action to life. Vibrant, yet moody they capture the atmosphere perfectly and add so much to the overall package. Taking inspiration from the best parts of Fantasy and Sci Fi, Brian K. Vaughans writing is incredible. For me the greatest draw is the realism of all his characters, each so lifelike, with realistic goals and motivations.
The world itself easily matches up to the quality of the charactisation, wonderfully crafted, teeming with intrigue and surprise. Finally the book is full of humour, for me, the one liners by Alana are a particular highlight. I do hope the quality continues for years to come, so we can enjoy a lengthy tale worthy of the publications title.