‘Saga, Vol. 1’ review
By Brittney MacDonald, Senior Columnist
Saga definitely lives up to its name. Described as a space opera, this graphic novel incorporates the technology of science fiction, the magic of fantasy, and the hilarity of good old-fashioned romantic comedies. The art and writing blend perfectly to create the Holy Grail of nerd obsession, be you a Trekkie or Tolkienite.
Written by Brian Vaughan, Saga begins with the birth of Hazel, an alien hybrid whose parents are in a Romeo and Juliet-situation: they’re on the run from both their planets, which happen to be at war with one another. The series follows Alana, a winged humanoid from the technology-obsessed Landfall, and Marko, a ram-horned man from the magic-wielding Wreath. After meeting in prison, the pair escapes and conceives a child, Hazel, who they must keep hidden from both their worlds despite being chased by mercenaries hired to find and separate the new family.
Fiona Staples, whose previous works include Mystery Society and Proof, continues with her signature art style of heavy inks. Her use of bold colours with the Landfallians and more muted earth tones for the Wreathers accentuates the differences between the two warring societies while still looking cohesive for the book as a whole.
Saga has won many awards and the reasons why are obvious: its broad appeal to so many different fan bases, as well as the amazing art and engaging plot make this a highly recommended graphic novel for anyone looking to cater to all of their nerdy needs.