Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Saga #2 - Review


TITLE: Saga #2

WRITER: Brian K. Vaughan

ARTIST: Fiona Staples

LETTERS & DESIGN: Fonografiks

COORDINATED BY: Eric Stephenson

PUBLISHER: Image Comics

PRICE: $2.99

Marko and Alana continue their journey to search for the Rocketship Forest that will take them and their daughter Hazel away from the war between their people. Meanwhile, The Will checks in with his agent to talk about his recent job in hunting down the star-crossed couple. But he soon finds out that he’s not the only bounty hunter on the job.

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples deliver another incredible chapter of Saga this month through Image Comics. There’s something new, epic, and iconic about this new series and the characters that inhabit the pages. Every turn of the page brings us closer to the world that Vaughn and Staples are building, and the end of his issue leaves us with a taste in our mouth that makes us hungry for more.

The writing in this issue is what we’ve come to expect from Vaughan in his comic book work. Even though the set pieces are fantastical and the characters are of different species, they still feel complete human and relatable. There’s a great opening scene where Alana has to share an embarrassing secret with Marko in order for them to get out of a jam, and it really reminds you of those moments when you’re just getting to know someone you’re crazy about. Hopefully without all the danger and looming death.

The art by Staples keeps standing out on all levels. Not only does she convey emotion fluidly through each character’s face, but the technology and creatures of this world just keep getting better and better. One thing to note that was very striking was The Stalk, another bounty hunter who will surely have a bigger role to play in the future.

Ever since my childhood I’ve looked for another great space opera to compare to Star Wars. And though I’ve found many that satisfy my love of science fiction and space battles, very few of them fill the void in terms of character development and understanding. This series hits all the right chords and comes out in a wonderful melody. This chapter of Saga gets a solid 5/5 on all fronts.

1 comment:

  1. Looking forward to reading this second chapter. I enjoyed the first one a whole lot.

    Even though establishing ground is always a challenge with a new series, Saga keeps the action-tempo high while simultaneously building an engaging context and set of characters. Plus, Bryan K. Vaughan is a wordsmith-storytelling-Jedi