Any good writing program or class worth its weight in cliches will preach that one of the most important pieces to creative writing is details – “there are only so many story templates out there, you have to provide the details about the story that only you can provide.” This is of course, absolutely true and the crazy details is certainly the best thing about Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples and from Image Comics.
Saga is a wonderful blend of sci-fi and fantasy pieces that form what is so far, a very interesting and exciting puzzle. This title has the makings of a gigantic and fun adventure that could only have been called Saga. The cover of Saga #1 and the trade paperback says it all: They are a couple with a newborn, she has wings and a gun and he has horns and a sword; they are ragged and beautiful and this all has the making of a horribly romantic tragedy/comedy. Vaughan’s writing in Saga volume 01 follows expertly along with what Staples established with this image.
Staples has the what is probably fun but difficult task of drawing multiple horned and winged creatures fighting each other, people with television heads having sex, semi-transparent little girl babysitters, rocket-ships in outer space, a pervy fetish planet and the cutest little horned baby in comic books. She not only pulls all of this off wonderfully but also makes it all seamless in its blending through color and page/panel layout. Staples brings together all of Vaughan’s details in such a way that they never appear conflicting in their diversity – they simply form a complex and adventurous tale.