Saga (Vol 1) by Brian K. Vaughan
Art: Fiona Staples
I was worried at the beginning of this that it was going to be a yet another tale of demon and angels mating. Call me pleasantly surprised when I realized it was just different types of aliens having a war. Huzzah! (I’ve just been reading too much Judeo-Christian demon pregnancy stuff all of the sudden.)
I didn’t know what to think of the book being from Hazel’s, the baby’s point-of-view. (Well, her retelling it as an adult.) But Vaughan pushes it further than just a child born from the parents of two warning sides. Which is a pleasant surprise. But he does love his road trip stories. Or in this case, a space trip story.
The character building in Saga is a tad better than the world-building. Vaughan’s definitely more talented with getting the readers into his characters’ heads early on. Though interestingly, I feel that Alana is the character I know the least about. (Arguably, I’d say that Vaughan does have issues with giving more information about women and their motivations.) Marko, however, we learned quiet a bit about. And Prince Robot IV, who I could care less about.
I appreciate the set-up of The Whim being more than just out for money and sex. I liked the Lying Cat (no surprises there). And kind of rooting for him especially when he tries to rescue the underage girl from life as a whore. But at the same time, he’s a bit of the angry manchild with a heart of gold and in love with The Stalk. Too bad she died so early in the tale.
I suppose we’ll see how Hazel figures in her own story. The great test if Vaughan can really write well-rounded women characters. (See the controversy over Y: The Last Man.) Not sure how I feel about Isabel as a character.
While I understand why they had to get off the planet, it would’ve been cool to explore more of the hidden places. I love the opening idea of a planet where the native populations have been killed off and it’s largely unexplored by the conquerors. (Horrible idea, but interesting in how the “winners” could lose due to having the planet kill them.)
But, of course, who could resist flying through space in a tree rocket-ship that’s driving itself wherever it wants.
Staples’ art is gorgeous, and I’m greatly enjoying it. I hope she keeps it up.