On Saturday, we took Micah to the vet. She’d been real low key all week, not eating a whole lot, and when she couldn’t really use her back right leg, it was vet time. And if you have never had to take your dog to the vet on a Saturday morning, let me tell you that it’s an experience. All the dogs. All the dogs who have not been socialized. And then there’s Micah, the wenchiest of all the dogs, who just wants to be friends or hide, depending on the moment. And there is a long wait.
So luckily I grabbed the first volume of Saga. It was so good I almost finished it in the waiting room.
Saga quite literally feels like its going to be a saga: deep, involved, and dealing with emotions and reality on an epic scale. It starts with the birth of Marko (the horned guy) and Alana’s (the winged girl) child. However, since they’re on the run, and from opposite sides of a long running civil war, this is bad news for them. They immediately get busted in on, and they spend the rest of the volume trying to escape the planet they’re stranded on. Along the way, they run into ghosts, a spider lady bounty hunter, a forest made of rockets, and all the battles. So, you know, the best way to spend the first few days of your newborn’s life.
Then there’s the story of a bounty hunter called The Will who gets hired to track them down. But he’s a bad guy with a soul, so when he thinks at first that he won’t be able to nab them (because his ex, the spider bounty hunter, is on the job), he goes to Whore Island (Whore Planet, really…), and ends up killing a bunch of people to rescue a massively under-aged prostitute. Oh, and he has a scary-looking cat that can detect when people are lying. So, in his desperation to make some money and flee the Whore Planet, he is back on the case, seeking the fugitives.
And lastly, there’s the Computer-Headed Prince who has to get to the fugitives first so that he can restore his honor and make it home in time for the birth of his child. So, there’s a lot going on.
First things first: this is a beautifully drawn graphic novel. I rarely comment on the art of these stories because I know that I couldn’t do even a fraction of how well they do. But in this case, Staples really outdid herself. The pages are lush and saturated, giving the story that truly epic feel that the stories embody.
And the concept is very magic verses technology, main city verses the rebels, et cetera et cetera ad nauseum, but just because it’s a standard doesn’t mean that it’s necessarily mean that it’s unoriginal. The series feels like a story that is just ramping up. This first volume just put the pieces on the board and let you know a little about what each character is about. But this story is going to take a long time and have a lot of twists and turns.
I can’t fucking wait.
JMF Rating: 8.5/10
‘Til next time,