Saga, from Image Comics by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples is the most exciting, elegant, unique and captivating series in comic books today. Not since the original Star Wars film trilogy has outer space science fiction had such potential for anything. Saga and the original Star Wars does have a few things in common including bounty hunters, exotic new races and planets, outer space battles, a well-paced story, characters with complex motivation and beautiful visuals.
With Saga, Vaughan had the brilliant imagination to write details including goat-horn headed, small-winged and television-headed characters, spacefaring tree-ships and populated planets that hatch as eggs for gigantic babies. It’s all here or it’s all at least possible. Most importantly, Vaughan writes the character dialogue and their actions in a whimsical way that makes anything seem possible but also that everything about these characters is deeply profound, realistic and easily empathized. Vaughan writes a world that takes a very special artist to draw.
Staples’ art in Saga is far superior to much of what the mainstream manufactures in all key points: emotive, easily individualistic and compelling-looking characters with designs that are both recognizable and one-step forward at the same time, and a world that is reality but abstracted and cohesive at the same time. Staples masterfully tackles the task of drawing the often insane and creative world that Vaughan has plucked from somewhere deep in his science fiction-drenched brain. Staples makes Saga real and surreal at the same time with vibrant colors and panel/page layout that tells the story efficiently and forces the reader to the next step in the story.
Honestly, Saga doesn’t come out fast enough for this reader – it’s reinvigorated my interest in space travel and great science fiction storytelling.