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Saga. Volume 1

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Call number: Adult Graphic Novel / Saga

Available Copies: Pittsfield Adult, Traverwood Adult

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"When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe" -- p. [4] of cover.

Community Reviews

Wonderful.

Two enemy soldiers have renounced violence, fallen in love and had a baby and pretty much every power faction in the galaxy is hunting them and their "monster" child. The story is driven by their search for safety. The child narrates from some point in the future.

With the name "Saga", I expected Vaughan's latest to be epic, sprawling, and insufferably stuffy. Over-earnest. Gone with the Wind and Star Wars and Ben Hur and the Iliad.

What I found instead is something that--while still with the potential to be epic--is accessible, sardonically funny, and ENDLESSLY creative. Magic-wielding people with all manner of horns warring against tech-wielding people with all manner of wings. A noble class of human-robot hybrids with old-fashioned tube-TVs for heads. (Vaughan uses the screens to wonderful emotive effect.) People who are just giant heads with legs, a large cat that can tell when people are lying, a sarcastic dead teenager who's a floating torso, and the kinds of orgies that you can only get by inventing stuff like this. And that's the tip of the iceberg.

No moral highground

Saga is a perfect storm of lovely art, morally grey characters, unreliable motives, and imperfect heroes. It's got enough angles that it's actually hard to define. It's space opera based around a seemingly eternal ethnically motivated war, narrated by the child of two deserters - neither the smartest or best soldiers - who fall in love, in part due to compulsive rereads of an erotic pulp romance novel that may or may not be a metaphorical treatise laying out the path to peace. If you're familiar with Vaughn's work in Y: the Last Man, then you won't be surprised by the semi-regular deaths or incapacitations of regular characters, or by the way that he creates characters who are capable of both great and terrible things on both grand and petty scales - everyone is complicated and real, up to and including Lying Cat, whose characterization simultaneously encompasses culpability in murder and affirmational, empowering support to a child who has been repeatedly raped and degraded. Fiona Staples' art is amazing, and that's where Saga really hits the sweet spot of worldbuilding - her work bridges all of the ideas and hopes in the story, gives the characters life and spins the story into an atmosphere reminiscent of Miyazaki's Nausicaa. Highly recommended for readers new to comic books, new to sci-fi, or old hands at either.

Great series

Saga is another great series from Brian K. Vaughan. He does what he does best, which is write interesting characters stuck in harrowing situations. I can't wait for the next volume.

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