Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples

sagaVaugn, Brian K. Saga, vol 1. Illus. Fiona Staples. Berkeley, CA: Image Comics, 2012. Print.

Genre: Graphic Novel

Summary: Racial opposites, Marko and Alana, fight on opposing sides of a bloody interstellar war, until they fall in love. Defecting from the army, they run away and begin a family. With a new baby to care for, they escape danger after danger as they seek to lead a new life on a new planet anywhere else in the galaxy where they can be peaceful and happy.

Critique: All the books in this series are short, but don’t expect a quick read. The artwork is too exceptional to flip past. While the plot tends to follow familiar and comfortable archetypal patterns, the quantity, diversity, and originality of the worlds and creatures rendered in Staples’s poised drawings are dazzling, baffling, and amazing! Not since the living days of Jim Henson have feral minds been exposed to such an intoxicating wealth of believable and endearing fantanimals!

 

By jenmichellemason

Jenny is a story hunter. She has explored foreign countries, canyon mazes, and burial crypts to gather the facts that make good stories. Once, she sniffed a 200-year-old skull...for research purposes. Jenny received an M.Phil from Trinity College Dublin and holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from VCFA. She has authored nearly 20 STEM books for young readers. Her inquisitive and funny nonfiction articles have appeared in Mountain Flyer, Cobblestone, and Muse magazines. Jenny also works as a freelance copy writer for nonprofits and small businesses.

1 comment

  1. Just read through Saga, and it’s amazing how different the different worlds are to each other. I’ve seen few scifi fantasy blends that put together that many different things that successfully. Now that you mention it, I can see the Jim Henson parallel, especially considering Farscape’s aliens.

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