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Saga, Vol. 2 Paperback – July 2, 2013
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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.Read more ›
** 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.Read more ›
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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Brian K. Vaughn is brilliant and Fiona Staples is utterly talented. If you are looking for a complex comic this is it. Read it.Published 7 days ago by Julia Currie
Having read Volumes 4 & 5, I got hold of this volume and it has helped fill in the gaps of what transpired before. I enjoyed this volume a lot. Read morePublished 8 days ago by PaulAllard
Get this in your library already because it deserves a place where you can read It at least a few times each year for the rest of your life.Published 12 days ago by Russell Jones
Not for those under the age of 17. There are graphic sex scenes and fights. For adults this graphic novel kicks butt. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Kris
This is going to be a super short review because this volume was pretty consistent with the first, which is a good thing, but it doesn’t give me a whole lot to... Read more
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This one picks up where we left off in the 1st volume. Read more
Part two of the series - every bit as good as the first, and had me desperate to buy the next book! Highly recommended.Published 25 days ago by Tim Donderevo
Probably the weakest volume of Saga to date but only because the series starts so well & it just get's better & better from here on out. Highly recommended to all mature readers!Published 29 days ago by Claude Kane III