COMIC REVIEW: Saga, Vol. 2

SagaV2CoverSaga was easily one of the biggest hits of last year. But, now it’s a year later and the second arc of the book has reached its conclusion. Has the story managed to keep the same level of excellence that creators Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples brought to the title? Let’s see what the sci-fi Romeo and Juliet meets Star Wars story had in its second arc.

The second arc begins with the arrival of Marko’s parents. Marko’s mother has banished Izabel to a nearby planetoid, and Marko runs off to retrieve her, with his mother close behind. This leaves Alana and Marko’s father, Barr, behind to get acquainted with one another. Though there is an initial distrust, he reveals to Alana something terribly private. Even as we see Alana’s first meeting with Marko’s parents, we see how Marko and Alana first met. Though it was less than ideal, it eventually turned into something remarkable, something they were willing to make enemies of the entire galaxy for. Marko and his mother save Izabel, they escape from The Will and Marko’s jilted former fiance Gwendolyn, and much more. The stories explore the relationships, both past and present, between the character and how they’ve developed. Plus, that last page sets up what is sure to another interesting arc.

Brian K. Vaughan never ceases to amaze with Saga. On the surface, it’s all sci-fi and action, but in reality it’s much more grounded. It’s about a couple trying to save their child and making sure she can grow up safe. It’s about a family just trying to live. It’s about people and their relationships. Whether it’s two warring soldiers who find love through a terrible book, two mercenaries who share tender moments, a father who says he wasn’t a good father, a son who probably thinks otherwise, or something more, Vaughan is able to capture it all. The fact that Saga is both action and all these genuine stories and emotions is what helps to make is something completely special.

Fiona Staples completely takes Saga to an entire other level, art-wise. Her lines and colors are great both for the idyllic moments, such as that that opened the book, and the more violent, bloody moments, which are admittedly a bit more common. Her characters are both wonderfully designed and amazingly expressive, giving an entire new dimension to the creatures and people that show up in the book.

This volume of Saga continues to impress. The focus on the relationships between the characters, how they’ve changed, grown, and are a bit subjective helps keep the otherworldly story grounded and makes it all the more impressive.

Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Leo Johnson

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