Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, artwork by Fiona Staples
(Image Comics, 2012, 160 pages)
Saga, Vol. 1 is the story of Marko and Alana, soldiers from opposing sides of a war. Marko is from a moon; Alana is from a planet. Marko has horns; Alana has wings. The story is narrated by the couple’s baby girl, Hazel, whose birth begins the “Saga.” This science fiction/fantasy graphic novel is filled with physically interesting characters with equally interesting names, most of whom are looking for the controversial couple to destroy them. My favorite character is Lying Cat, a giant siamese-like blue cat that can detect if a person is lying. The book has a good balance of illustrations and text. The story is interesting, but it’s not for kids; graphic violence, bad language, nudity, and sex are prevalent. If you don’t mind this kind of content, I highly recommend it; I already have volumes 2 and 3 on hold at the library.