“Saga Vol. 4” by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics, 2014)

Saga Volume 4
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In the fourth volume of the hugely popular Saga graphic novel series by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples, fans can expect more of the same amazing and thrilling storytelling as the story continues to unfold in new and completely unpredictable ways.

The close-knit family – Alana, Marko and dear little Hazel – are enjoying some private time on a fringe planet called Gardenia, after being on the run from their respective governments for a long time. Alana is an actress in an underground entertainment outlet known as the Open Circuit, but there is a lot of stress and strain forcing her to take a drug to cope. Meanwhile Marko is raising Hazel and seeing very little of his wife, befriending another mother who begins hitting on him, and the overall stress is putting a strain on their relationship.

The secondary story focuses on the Robot Kingdom, where Prince Robot IV’s wife gives birth to his son. Then a plan is hatched by a disgruntled robot janitor, killing the woman and kidnapping the son. Then he travels to Gardenia to complete his nefarious plan, kidnapping Alana and Hazel. Prince Robot IV and Marko must then join forces to save their families.

The wild ride that is Saga continues in this addictive fourth volume which you won’t be able to put down. The art is great as always, filled with vibrant colors that bring these alien worlds and alien people to life. You won’t want it to end, but you also will want to find out what happens next.

Originally written on August 2nd, 2015 ©Alex C. Telander.

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“Saga Vol. 3” by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics, 2014)

Saga Volume 3
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In the third volume of the award winning graphic novel series, our strange cast of heroes finally make it to the distant planet of Quietus where they hope to meet Oswart Heist, a novelist of some acclaim who once wrote a trashy piece of romance that was supposedly secretly veiled as a story about two star-crossed lovers who should never been together falling in love. It was this book that Alana first read and came to believe to be something true and achievable, and when she met Marko and had him read the book also things took a great turn in their relationship.

A good chunk of this volume is spent in giving some important and useful back story to our main characters, as well as a past love of Marko’s, one Gwendolyn who has joined the small posse of bounty hunters looking to capture the married couple and end their union. Prince Robot is the one who has been tasked to make sure this mission is carried out without any mishaps, and so far he has been less than impressed.

This volume gives some good surrounding story to many of the characters we’ve already met, but in this story like any good one it is not always clear who is ultimately good or evil, because everyone is just so different and fresh and new and has never been seen before, not just in comic book form, but in story form. Volume 3 fills in some important history holes that the reader has been wondering about and keeps them on the edge of their seat with what’s going on on Quietus. It’s one of those stories where you want everyone to be fine and come out alive at the end, but you know that’s not going to be the case.

Originally written on April 19, 2014 ©Alex C. Telander.

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“Saga Vol. 2” by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics, 2013)

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In the first volume, Hazel, the beautiful child of Alana and Mark – two alien races who have hated each other for generations and are bent on each other’s imminent destruction – got to see what some of the best bounty hunters in the galaxy had to offer, as well as some interesting alien species. Now things get kicked up a notch when she meets family.

As the parents and child continue to travel across the galaxy in the giant tree that is their ship, along with the help of the incorporeal teenage girl who is bonded to Hazel and helping them however she can, they get a surprise welcome from Marko’s parents. Emotions rise as his parents have just magicked themselves onto the ship with supposed good reason, but ultimately they really wish to meet Hazel and introduce themselves as her grandparents. Meanwhile, things are not going well for our bounty hunter friend and his liar cat, but because they’re such interesting characters, the reader feels empathy towards them.

The second volume continues right along after the first, continuing this saga with some new characters that continue to show Staples’ range and ability as a brilliant artist, but also in the power of the story and its diverse cast. This is of course a fantasy world we would never want to live in, but we sure can’t seem to get enough of reading about.

Originally written on April 19, 2014 ©Alex C. Telander.

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Saga Volume 1

“Saga Vol. 1” by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics, 2012)

Saga Volume 1
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Brian K. Vaughan impressed the world with his fun and bestselling comic book series, Y the Last Man. Now he returns with a new series, partnering up with a female artist once again, this time with Fiona Staples, in Saga. A space opera science fiction original that at heart is a simple story, but is surrounded by a complex world with fascinating characters and a mythology that immediately sucks in the reader and always leaves them wanting more.

Marko is a ram-horned alien while Alana is a moth-winged alien. Their people have been fighting each other for a long time, to the point where their own worlds now choose to fight each other on other planets in distant galaxies. But Marko and Alana are unusual in that they are madly in love with each other. The first volume of Saga opens with the birth of their child and begins to be told from her viewpoint at an older age as she looks back on this tumultuous time.

It is soon discovered that these two opposite aliens not only love each other but have created a supposed abomination and they must be stopped at all costs. And so bounty hunters are employed to end them and cover up this horrific union that should never have happened.

Vaughan and Staples have clearly had a lot of fun creating a unique world with some very strange alien characters that are both interesting and enjoyable, such as a giant cat named Liar Cat, because it always knows when you are lying and will be sure to tell you. After reading this first volume, you won’t be surprised to discover it was one of the biggest selling graphic novels in 2012 and 2013, as well as winner of a number of awards. And thankfully, volume 2 is already out for you to get your hands on.

Originally written on April 19, 2014 ©Alex C. Telander.

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