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Graphic Novel Friday: Saga is Must-Read Sci-Fi

Are you reading Saga, the latest comic series by writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: the Last Man) and artist Fiona Staples? This year, it’s the series that I’ve recommended the most to friends, and it’s unanimously the favorite title read by my comic book club. It opens with a birth, and the lovely couple—a man with horns and a woman with clipped fairy wings—is quickly on the run from a robot prince with a malfunctioning television set for a head. Are you reading Saga? You should be.

Saga is a science fiction, fantasy blend that drops readers immediately into all the action the pages can contain. There’s a fresh idea at every turn: a baby possessed by a ghost; a rocket-ship in a fallow forest; a bounty-hunter with a heart of gold and another bounty-hunter with a heart of poison. Plus, Vaughan introduces one of my favorite SF characters in recent memory, a blue cat with the ability to detect untruths. “Lying,” is all it hisses when its partner, named only The Will, interrogates an embellishing poor soul.

At its ever-shifting core, Saga is also a romance—two refugees in love and on the run, with a newborn in tow. Staples’ artwork has already solidified her as a top talent to watch. Her booth had one of the longest lines when I attempted to meet her at NYCC last month, and Saga was absolutely the talk of the con. Her character designs are a pleasure to watch as they unveil, particularly The Stalk, a menacing bounty-hunter who spins an unsettling sexuality. Vaughan isn’t building worlds here—rather, he’s building universes in Saga. This first arc has the makings of a classic run. Everything changes from one chapter to the next, but only the quality remains consistent. Are you reading Saga? Omni readers, please believe me. You should be.

--Alex

 

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