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Saga, Vol. 2 Paperback – July 2, 2013

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Book 2 of 5 in the Saga Series

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Vaughan and Staples’ wholly original Saga (2012) won Eisner awards for best new and best continuing series, and it’s no surprise. This smash hit continues to be a powerhouse: intergalactic intrigue, truly alien aliens, multifaceted characters, and a universe full of lush environments all wrapped around a compellingly told story of forbidden love in wartime. Marko and Alana are still on the run, evading the hired assassins in hot pursuit, but now they’ve been joined by Marko’s disapproving but fiercely loyal parents. Hazel’s insouciant narration is a high point, punctuating dramatic moments with well-timed, trenchant wit. Vaughan has a peculiarly wonderful world at his fingertips, and he’s setting himself up for something big, but it’s Staples’ stunning and otherworldly art that makes Saga such a thrilling read. Her rich, warm palette complements organic shapes not often seen in space adventure stories, and it’s this appealing combination that makes it so fresh. Vaughan and Staples are seriously upping the ante for comics. Fans will be eager to pick this up, and intrigued new readers won’t be far behind. --Sarah Hunter

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Product Details

  • Series: Saga (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: IMAGE COMICS (July 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1607066920
  • ISBN-13: 978-1607066927
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 6.5 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (321 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brian K. Vaughan is the Eisner Award-winning writer of Y: THE LAST MAN, EX MACHINA, RUNAWAYS, and PRIDE OF BAGHDAD. His newest work, with artist/co-creator Fiona Staples, is SAGA, an ongoing sci-fi/fantasy series from Image Comics that The Onion's A.V. Club called, "the emotional epic Hollywood wishes it could make." Vaughan lives in Los Angeles, where he works as a writer and producer on various film and tv projects, including three seasons on the hit series LOST.

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After the release of Saga volume 1, writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples first 6 issues of the "Stars Wars meets Romeo and Juliet" space opera...I was blown away at how much was packed into those 6 issues. It truly held all aspects of a space epic its cover title says it did. Love, magic, technology, conspiracies, drama, humor, wit, heart, detail, sexual fantasies, art, and probably the biggest selling point: some of the craziest "what the heck?!?" moments I've seen in a comic that kept me interested every step of the way. You have to wonder if all of those same ingredients could or would continue to work for Vaughan/Staples as the series presses on and doesn't get stale. Well I can easily save that no, it doesn't. Volume 2 continues to troop on with all of those aspects firmly intact and still surprising you.

SAGA VOLUME 2 collects issues #7-12 and picks up right where volume 1 left off. Alana and Marko, with their child, Hazel, and the ghostly "Horror" Izabel, have left the planet Cleave and have gotten away from the war effort of the galaxy. Until Marko's parents show up on their spaceship/home, vaporize Izabel, and find out their son married one of the enemies and had a forbidden child...this just makes a wacky family reunion. And off on the other side of the galaxy, the bounty hunter The Will (and his lie-detecting cat) is still trying to get the slave girl free from Sextillion, which a very personal colleague of Marko's helps out. And Prince Robot IV has tracked down his lead of the author that might have inspired Alana and Marko to free themselves of the Landfall/Wreath war.

Vaughan continues to write this series with everything he can throw at it and still succeeds immensely.
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This trade collects Saga issues #7-12. Saga is a constantly unfolding adventure featuring a central cast of characters and should be read from the beginning - start with volume 1.

** Note: There will be no spoilers for volume 2 in this review, but will be some for volume 1. **

I refer to the first volume of Saga "one of the most gloriously screwed up things I've ever read." Its heavy use of profanity, nudity, graphic violence and sex, and a LOT of things most readers will find very unsettling make it the very definition of "not for everyone." But Alana and Marko's desperate scramble away from their pasts in order to protect their forbidden child was wonderfully weird and engaging for those who can handle the approach to the subject matter.

Volume 2 has a slightly different feel than volume 1. There is a little less in the way of shock value as events are building from things started in the first six issues. This is actually a great choice, as constantly trying to push the levels of outrageousness for shock value alone would get old fast and ruin the comic. The characters are the important driving force in any story and it's nice to see that remembered here. Don't get me wrong, it's still explicit and rough and pushing all kinds of boundaries, but Vaughan's taking time to properly deal with things previously established instead of always rushing headlong into the next "oh my god" moment.

Hazel continues to narrate looking back on her childhood to add context and depth. Alana and Marko remain the central focus, but Marko's parents, The Will and Prince Robot IV are equally well developed and interesting. There's a lot of character development and background explored here, blended well and without disrupting the pacing.
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This really is a cut above nearly any graphic novel I have ever read.

On the surface, the book is about two star crossed lovers on the lam and hunted by several parties. The narrator is their newborn daughter and she has quite a few clever quips in there to keep the action rolling or segue into the next chapter. But wow, there is SO MUCH going on under those not-so-calm waters.

Saga Volume 2 collects issues 7-12 of the story. I absolutely encourage those who love graphic novels to read the volume 1 first. This really is the definition of a great unique story that isn't so weird as to be inaccessible. The story flows smoothly but oh-so-incredibly-uniquely that you wonder how anyone could possibly have dreamed all this up.

Saga the series works because of the great collaboration between the illustrator and the author. Staples' artwork is incredibly gorgeous and almost photo realistic - characters don't just talk, the are animated. But the artwork is also very clean and absolutely gorgeous. Her ability to create the perfect illustration of Vaughan's very sensitive and grounded story/dialogue work together to elevate this to art form.

I can't stress enough that when this is described as weird, unique, different, etc., that is the highest compliment. So many weird books don't have a point or story and exist just to celebrate their oddness. Saga, on the other hand, has very real feeling characters reacting in interesting and very real feeling ways. Just in the weirdest milieu imaginable in outer space.

This is a very adult but not raunchy and definitely not T&A-fests so rampant in today's comics. It's a great story I've enjoyed reading twice now.
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