Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Saga Chapter 7: Review

Much like Saga, I am coming back from a hiatus today, yay blogging!

Saga Chapter 7 was released today by Image comics, and I was very excited for the series to come back after a 3 month hiatus. If you are unfamiliar, Saga is the wonderful series written by Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man) and illustrated by Fiona Staples (Mystery Society). Saga is a space epic that follows two star-crossed lovers who belong to opposite sides of an ethnocentric war. Ignoring their cultural differences  they fall in love and have a child, much to the chagrin of both warring planets. Despite the hokey-ness of my synopsis, Saga is a must read for any comic of scifi enthusiast. The fantastic story is toned down by the generally sarcastic and serious nature of the characters. From the spunky spectre who assists the couple, to the depressed robot prince hoping to kill the baby, Saga takes itself seriously despite the campy feel of the setting.

Chapter 7 deals with a confrontation by Marko's parents. Through what can only be described as crazy space magic, Marko's parents were able to locate himself, Alana, and Hazel (their daughter). This plays out like most meet the parents scenario, but in space, so it instantly better. It is unclear what Marko's parents intentions are. Do they wish to harm the child or are the merely trying to contact their son. The lack of clarity and the potential for family betrayal keeps the story grounded in real emotion and human(ish) interactions. Vaughan takes the standard fear of meeting a significant other's parents and puts it into fantastic circumstances in a style that ends up being very readable, relatable, and fun.

All story points aside, I would mark Saga as a must buy just for the art. Fiona Staples does and amazing job on all the illustration and the cover. I sometimes feel like I am drooling over her style and it fits very well into the story with strong lines and vibrant colors between them, everything feels very smooth. Even when Staples has to draw a gross giant with some kind of deformed scrotum (one of the grossest descriptions I have hade to write), it really is something to behold. Even if you don't buy it, get ahold of a copy and just flip through a few pages, you wont regret it.

I give "Saga" #7 an 8.5/10