Saga Volume Two Review
Saga Vol. 2 is published by IMAGE Comics, written by Brian K. Vaughan, artist is Fiona Staples
I've had this book in my possession for a few weeks now and after reading this I'm thinking wtf is wrong with me for not reading this sooner. The second I picked it up I was transported back to this unique, original, fresh, innovative, creative, daring world that Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples have created. This title is the perfect example of what happens when a creative team is given free rein to create a masterpiece of their choosing and design. The writer crafts an intricately brilliant designed story. The absurdly talented art of Fiona Staples is beautiful, gorgeous, grotesque, monstrous, and fantastical all at the same time and at the exact moments it needs to be. After reading Volume 1 there was no doubt in my mind that I was down for the next installation. After reading Volume 2 there's no doubt in my mind that I HAVE to start picking up this title in issues. There's two very strong reasons for that. For one I NEED to know what happens to these characters that I feel a deep connection to as soon as possible. The second is that as good as it reads in trade I know it would be even better reading it in issues. The pacing of the story and each chapter is brilliant and perfect.
This book picks up almost exactly where it left off. First there's a little reintroduction before plunging right back into the story. Marko's mother had just teleported Marko and Alana's ghostly babysitter to another planet with a spell. That's how crazy this book is and that's just the beginning. Marko goes to find their companion and his mother chases after him thinking he's out of his mind and too incompetent to be on his own. Then Alana is left alone with Marko's dad and their newborn child, Hazel. Immediately Alana and Marko’s dad get into an argument being that they are from opposite races that have been warring for generations.
There's so many great moments in this book and I don't want to spoil any of them. As crazy and otherworldly as this title and the characters are they're still the most relatable characters I've ever read. There's other characters in this ensemble cast that are featured almost as prominently like The Will, a bounty hunter that has lost the will to do the job he was hired for and is plagued by nightmares of his dead spider like ex and the little girl he's vowed to save from prostitution. Lucky for him a woman from Marko's past shows up to whip Will into shape. And thus the plot thickens. The big difference between this volume and the first is that it is made very apparent as to who the protagonists are and that you are strongly rooted for them. The main antagonist is also made very clear as you see Prince Robot IV, another humanoid hired hand that is after Marko, Alana, and their baby, Hazel. Prince Robot appears to be as intelligent as he is sick and sadistic.
There's a few plot threads being woven throughout this story that creates a beautiful tapestry of genuine individuality and magnificence. Saga truly is unlike anything I have ever read. I honestly feel that this the greatest piece of art I have ever experienced. What Fiona Staples and Brian K. Vaughan have accomplished in this title is nothing short of perfection, beauty, and brilliance. I can not recommend this title enough. Anybody that has a child, has been in love, or have parents that don’t like your spouse, can relate to this. I know I did, on multiple levels. I can honestly say that this may the greatest comic book I have ever read and experienced.
Verdict: STRONG BUY