Written by: Brian K. Vaughan
Art by: Fiona Staples
Published by: Image Comics
Saga continues the adventure, introducing a new member to the cast.
There is a strange duality going on in this series that I think Vaughan wants to build on. From a visual standpoint you have floating ghosts, royalty with televisions for heads and a spell-casting escaped guard with horns on his head, in essence a mess of complete surrealism but what drives this series and makes it so compelling is the exact opposite, it’s how grounded and normal the characters are. They just want to look after their daughter, they want to start a family together. The contrast is beautiful!
Vaughan’s style reminds me of Joss Whedon in a way, he creates this mess of characters and creatures but peppers scenes with wise-cracking comments and people trying to remember ‘did I lock the back door before I went out?’, he litters the entire issue with quiet moments in order to give the reader something to grip on to as the roller-coaster ride spirals, twists and turns!
Staples art continues to be gorgeous! She understands that Vaughan is playing on this duality between the fantastical and the everyday so despite the creatures having horns on their heads and being corporeal, they’re wearing slightly baggy jeans and a t-shirt. She has a sense of form too, so clothes move with the body and you get a strong sense of body language in each panel (despite one of the characters not even having a full body).
The backgrounds suffer a little this issue with how busy some panels are but she still creates mood and atmosphere to even the most quiet of scenes.
This comic is rocking along quite well, Vaughan and Staples are slowly world building as they weave a tale that is, essentially, a love story surrounded by a giant space odyssey. In ways, this tale can be described as a space opera and the first act is really letting you know that something big is on the way and to stay on for the ride!