Week after week I find myself shivering with anticipation for a new release of Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga, thankfully this week brings issue #8 and I find myself “wowed”, once again, by the uniqueness of the book. This issue further expands Vaughan’s intergalactic environment, coupled with a dramatic backstory for our unlikely couple. It’s insane how well this book mixes genres. Vaughan’s imagination is incomprehensibly vast to be able to take a “Lord of the Rings” idea, mix it in with “Dune”, and cap it all off with a little bit of horror.
WRITTEN BY: Brian K. Vaughan
ART BY: Fiona Staples
RELEASE DATE: December 19th
This issue continues to expand on “Saga’s” world, from a quick flash back of Marko and Alana first encounter, to the introduction of Marko’s former fiancée Gwendolyn. The interaction between Alana and Marko’s father, Barr, completely changes from the previous issue, showing the versatility of the story and characters. Though this is a fantastic story with non-human life forms, they still act in an identifiable way. As the story continues I’m curious to see how the relationship between Alana and Barr will develop.
“Saga” is narrated by the future self of the current new born Hazel, the offspring of Marko and Alana who are different species; species who have been waging a war with one another that covers the expanse of the galaxy. For a book that secretes creativity, this element is one of the most creative parts; as she is the only one of her kind, it allows for a different perspective on the events that come to pass. Hazel has the perfect amount of seriousness combined with witticism in her dialogue which is a theme that runs throughout the book. For all the bloodshed, battle, and killing there is always a hefty amount of comedy. The fact that this book caters to the vulgarity inclined and lovers of graphic content is also amazing. The characters bring out themes like racism, segregation, and most importantly, war.
Fiona Staples is another beats altogether. It is a realistic take on a fantastic idea, there are many odd creatures and monsters that have human characteristic giving the book a very specific feel. Staples has a very fresh style of art with no shy eye for blood, gore, and physical deformities.
“Saga”, potentially my favourite book in circulation, has so many different genre elements in it. I dare say the creative genius behind it rivals that of J.R.R. Tolkien and Frank Herbert. This hasn’t been much of a review, but more of a spewing of my love for the series. It’s that good.
Reviewed by – GreenBasterd