If you’re into comics and you haven’t read Saga by Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughn (via Image Comics) yet, you need to drop whatever it is you’re doing right now (after you finish reading this article, or course! Let’s not get ahead of ourselves!) and go pick it up. Seriously.
This story is about Alana, Marko, and Hazel, a family trying to escape persecution from their people. You see, there is a war taking place between Landfall, the largest planet in the system, and its moon, Wreath. Landfall is home to Alana’s people, winged folk with advanced technology; Wreath is home to Marko’s kind, horned people possessed of some serious magical skill. Nobody’s really sure what started the war, but everyone knows one thing: if either Landfall or Wreath is destroyed, the surviving world would go spinning out of orbit and cause cataclysmic damage to the rest of the star system. So, both worlds have outsourced their war, and now it has spread across the galaxy. The comic’s central story is Alana and Marko’s flight from the war – and from The Will and Prince Robot IV – though there are other sub arcs that keep the whole comic lively and intense. Sounds like fun, right?
Need more convincing? Here. Let me give you ten reasons why you need to read Saga right NOW.
DISCLAIMER: SPOILERS AHEAD. Anyone who knows me (or listens to Dalaran Academy) knows that I eat spoilers for breakfast.
- It’s a space opera. When it was announced at San Diego Comic Con 2011, it was described as Star Wars meets Game of Thrones. That has yet to prove false, and there is plenty of both to go around.
- The living ship. It’s a damn tree. I mean, who doesn’t want to walk into a magical forest where spaceships are grown? Also, it’s a ship with no control panels – it goes where it wants to. Tou can ask it nicely to take you somewhere, but that doesn’t mean it will.
- The Will. He’s a Freelancer who’s being paid to hunt down and kill Alana and Marko’s baby. However, along the way, you find out that he’s not the ruthless killer you want him to be. It can’t be that simple. He saves a little girl from a horrifying fate as a sex slave on a planetwide brothel, meets up with Gwendolyn (Marko’s abandoned ex-fiancee), and he has a Lying Cat (see below!)
- Alana and Marko have some amazing help. Marko’s mother is one bad ass lady, and Hazel’s babysitter is the ghost of a 14-year-old girl who is missing the lower half of her body (oh, and did I mention she’s soul bonded to Hazel?)
- It’s a love story, but it’s not about single people. It’s about families. Alana and Marko’s tale is as heartwarming as it is heartbreaking. It’s Romeo and Juliet with lasers and spaceships. Who doesn’t want that?!
- There are people with TVs for heads. Prince Robot IV is heir to the Robot Empire, who has sided with Landfall in the war. He has seen some traumatic things that have scarred him for life. Oh, and almost their entire aristocracy – and planetary income – is based around the war between Landfall and Wreath.
- They aren’t afraid of sex. In fact, there is an awful lot of it going on, and it’s quite refreshing.
- It’s also NOT a love story, but just a story about love. Family love. Personal love. Friendship and bonds. There is no one type of love left out.
- Alana and Marko. I feel I would be remit if I didn’t mention these two by themselves without any context. Alana is a sucker for cheap romance novels and Marko is a sword wielding bad ass who is a total pacifist. They meet when he gets taken prisoner and she is assigned to watch him. You get to see the love happen, folks, and it is amazing.
- Lying Cat. Seriously, I want one. I NEED one. Lying Cat is a giant, blue, hairless cat that hisses “LYING” anytime someone actively lies in its presence. However, it also is still a cat – even if it is hairless – and still has very cute, cat-like tendencies. Make no mistake: Lying Cat is amazing.
So, go forth and pick it up, folks! Trust me, it’s worth the read. Though, if you’re waiting for it to become a TV show or a movie, don’t hold your breath. It’s not happening, according to the authors.
Go! It’s an amazing read and an amazing journey.