- Craig Graziano
The universe has declared war on itself and everyone is choosing one of two sides. It all started when the species on a planet tried to conquer a species on its own moon. The destuction knows no end, but amongst the slaughter, within the dismal senselessness of bloodshed, there is a child born. She is the daughter of Alana and Marko, who are supposed to be enemies. Now all three are on the run. Saga: Volume One is the beginning of their story.
Writer Brian K. Vaughan has a talent for combining mature content with equally mature themes, creating an exciting yet strictly adult epic adventure. Sure, there are spaceships, monstrous aliens and bounty hunters -- all stuff that you would see in Star Wars—but there are also images of brutal violence and the planet Sextillion, a intergalactic red-light district of sorts. This adventure is not for the kids.
Fiona Staples' artwork tackles the narrative with surreal panache, creating vampy arachnid assassins, alligator butlers, and a race of T.V.-headed royals. Everywhere you turn, there is something new. And yet the story is still relatable when it addresses the challenges of remaining a loving couple in trying times. Alana and Marko have everything stacked against them, but they also have each other.