Apparently “Saga” Has Nothing To Do With “Star Wars”: A Review of Volume One
My best friend’s ex lied to me.
Whenever we’re at Barnes & Noble, we immediately make a beeline for the comics. Rubber Mallet is a long drive and I’m usually lazy, so this is the go-to spot for them, albeit overpriced.
On meeting her then-boyfriend here for the fourth or fifth time, we, of course, began to talk about said comics. (Because I really have nothing else to talk about, truthfully. The weather? Gross.) After a while, he said to me, “Wait, don’t you like Star Wars?”
Not understanding why any human has to ask another this question, my reply was, “Uhh, of course?”
He grabbed volume one of a work with some super strange cover art, saying pretty matter-of-factly, “So you’ve read ‘Saga’ then?”
I told him that I hadn’t and he seemed truly stricken – perhaps almost as stricken as when my friend broke up with him – and was genuinely surprised that I, a “Star Wars” fan, had not read nor heard of “Saga.” He assured me that the two were inseparable and that it was the same universe.
After reading volume one of “Saga” for the first time a few days ago, I can 100% say that he looked me dead in the face and lied. If only I had known Lying Cat then. “Saga” is not the same universe as “Star Wars,” but it’s – now don’t shoot the messenger, here – of the same caliber for sure. “Saga” is pretty darn brilliant, and I’m dying to pick up volume two.
Here’s why it’s so brilliant: a race of people with TVs for heads that showcase their PTSD in HD, babies with horns, treehouse spaceships, ghost teens, a cat who knows when your enemies are lying and helpfully says so, cool mercenaries and a weird time warp thing where our narrator already knows what will happen to the characters way before we do.
If none of that made any sense at all to you… Well, it probably means your brain is functioning normally, because I’ve read “Saga” volume one twice, and while the storyline makes plenty of sense, how all of these beings landed together on the same world does not.
You can probably infer that “Saga” is a fantasy/sci-fi series whose writers – “Fables” artist Fiona Staples and “Ex Machina” writer Brain K. Vaughan – team up on “Saga” as a force of supernature. (Get it? ‘Cause supernatural? I know, I’m hilarious!)
“Saga” breaks boundaries and molds with every page turn, and for this reason, is not for the faint of heart. An endless war between two races finds Alana, a former Landfallian soldier turned prison guard, and Marko, a Wreather soldier turned prisoner, falling in love and going on the run from both armies.
But this is just the crux of “Saga,” because nearly every character is beautifully interwoven with their own fascinating arcs, all intersecting with the main storyline.
And here’s my fair warning: there are scenes that aim to make you uncomfortable, scenes that will terrify you, disgust you and make your eyes and hands disobey you and begin turning pages and reading of their own accord. I was ensnared from the get-go and foresee a lot of my next paycheck going to the remaining five volumes.