Thursday, June 12, 2014

Comic Fridays: Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughn

I know it's not Friday, but I have another post scheduled for tomorrow, so you're getting this one a day early:

From Goodreads:
When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. 

From New York Times bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina) and critically acclaimed artist Fiona Staples (Mystery Society, North 40), Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults. 
This one is weird.  It's a good weird, obviously, but weird none the less.  Weird enough that I think it might be off-putting to those who just want to read a normal story.  We're talking never-ending space war, characters with tvs for heads, a spider-woman (not like spider man, like a woman's armless torso on a spider body), and a disemboweled ghost-babysitter.

I loved the main characters and their devotion to keeping our narrator, their child, safe from the various assailants who are chasing them across planets.  I also loved the dialogue, which I think was sarcastic and dry in just the right ways.  I grew to really care about all of our characters.  As far as the plot is concerned, your guess is as good as mine as to where it's headed, because bizarre seems to be the name of the game here, from the planet Sextillion (yeah, just like you'd imagine it) to fantasy-like forest beasts.

As far as the artwork is concerned, I can't rave enough about it.  It's just flat out beautiful to look at.  A lot of the world-building is done in the artwork (as it is in any graphic novel/comic), but I think it's done especially well in this one.

My one word of caution is that the term "graphic" is particularly weighty here, as the story is very graphic both in terms of violence and sexuality.  Enough that I probably won't continue to follow the series, even though I enjoyed the first volume so much.  It's something that's harder for me to see than read, especially in regards to depictions of sexual violence.  I loved the story, but ultimately don't think I can get past the amount of nudity and sex, particularly the combinations of violence and sex.

I recommend it for those who think they can handle the content though, on the basis of the brilliant dialogue and gorgeous drawings.  It's getting tons of rave reviews, but it's ultimately not going to be one that I really get into, despite my enjoyment of the story.

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