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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 ›
The story explores more about Marko and Alana's past while dealing with the present. It's a great balance and provides more insight to the characters, making it hard not to feel attached to them.
As before, I have to stress that this series is not for children. There is graphic nudity and violence, and a lot of language used throughout. Not quite as much as the first volume, but it's still there. That said, it's all drawn extremely well in a unique style that captures its unique setting.
Saga is a series that everyone should take a look at. The universe is fresh and new and really blends together elements of science fiction and fantasy perfectly. I eagerly await for the next volume. From the looks of it, it's going to keep getting better and better.
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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Vaughan does a great job of bringing the story to the next level. The pacing is great and the story is just full of surprises.Published 6 days ago by Josh
This series is moving quickly to the top of my list. As good as the first volume was, this volume exceeds it. My highest recommendation. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Chris Maida
Believe the hype.
I decided to check out Saga after getting absolutely floored by the first Paper Girls trade and it did not disappoint. Read more
Hooked onto the series and want more. Can't wait for this to be made into TV or FilmPublished 1 month ago by Jordan Peña