Tuesday, 5 February 2013
Saga, Vol. 1 - written by Brian K. Vaughan, illustrated by Fiona Staples
I bought Saga, Vol. 1 as a birthday present for the Mister (and also because I wanted to read it). It's our first foray into graphic novels, and when I told my local indie bookseller that I was looking for one that would interest a guy who's majorly into most all video games, he jumped at the chance to thrust this into my hands. "It's got a war between science and magic in a Star-Wars-like universe," he said.
Yeah, I bought it right stat.
When I think "Graphic Novel," I think of guns firing in bursts of light, I think of blood spraying stylistically across the page, I think of boobies. Saga has all these things. I wanted the artwork to be flashy, dark, and interesting, and Saga has that, too. As a bonus, the story is entertaining and makes me want to read further into the series.
See, a man and woman from opposing sides of a war meet and fall in love. They have a baby, and volume one here sees their flight from the war and the armies they've deserted. In addition to the speech bubble dialogue, we have some sparse narration from the grown-up baby, looking back on the events that we're seeing as they unfold. The graphic format ensures that it'll be a quick read, and the storytelling style adds suspense that makes it even quicker. There are aliens and strange planets and, my favourite, "horrors," which were excellent in a way I didn't expect.
Saga, Vol. 1 was the perfect introduction to graphic novels for me, because it was what I expected and wanted it to be. It made me want to read more graphic novels. This particular series, though, I probably won't spend any more money on it. But hey, guess what, turns out libraries carry graphic novels! Who knew, right? I just picked one up that is vastly different from Saga. It's something I didn't realize graphic novels could even be until the internet informed me thusly: Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. I've just read about 20 pages, but prepare for some gushing in an upcoming post.