You probably don’t need another blogger telling you to read Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ masterpiece Saga. After all, the first issue sold out crazy fast and since then, it’s been in the top 50 best-selling comics every month, consistently selling 35,000-plus copies.
So there’s no shortage of people singing the praises of Vaughan, Staples and their excellent work. But just in case…
Why you Should Read Saga
“Epic” has been thrown around haphazardly and epically overused (although it is nice to know that moron frat boys and nerds both overuse it equally). However, if you’ve been reading Saga, you know that it spans landscapes, planets and the hearts of their inhabitants. It’s actually oddly reminiscent of Cold Mountain, but without Jack White. Yet.
The art is amazing
Fiona Staples rules, and nowhere else does this come clear than in Saga. From her interpretation of what Sextillion, a brothel planet, would look like, to her rendering of an eviscerated teenage ghost, everything is done in an original, gorgeous fashion. Oh, and just because nobody ever gives letterers props (and this book has amazing lettering), Fonografiks’ work meshes quite well.
It’s better than Star Wars
Yep. Said it. There’s way more badass chicks, more variety of aliens and no Jar-Jar Binks-like characters. Also, in the first issue, there is both a messy alien birth and robotic alien sex. George Lucas clearly did not subscribe to the “sex sells” aspect of, well, life.
There’s a Lying Cat
What is a Lying Cat, you ask? He’s the companion (hetero life-mate?) of The Will, an all-around badass mercenary (called “freelancers” in Saga). He’s a big cat that can tell when someone is lying and will say as much. He’s also a source of some of the best humour in the title.
So go out and buy the trade when it comes out on October 23 and brace yourself. You’ve never read something like Saga before, but you’ll be glad you did.