Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

Saga Volume 1 Cover - Horny Horny Horny!

For the first official Graphic Novel review here at Daddy after Dark I wanted to look at something that may have slipped by completely unnoticed, but is well and truly worthy of your attention.

Brian K. Vaughan may be a name familiar to Lost fans. Someone who can weave a plot so intricate and deliciously dark that it's irresistible even when it makes no sense whatsoever, Brian has turned his talents to producing a sprawling sexy spacefaring science fiction masterpiece in the shape of Saga. With  the formidable illustrative talents of Fiona Staples, Volume 1 introduces us to Marko, a horned footsoldier on one side of a global conflict and his wife Alana, the sultry, sexy and kick-ass winged member of a technological coalition on the 'other side' of the war.

This is an adult graphic novel, so don't be surprised when it kicks off with a rather bizarre birth scene introducing us to Marko and Alana's daughter Hazel (the narrator of the story), and also has sex scenes and suggestive content (including something that deals with a subject that is really pushing the boundaries of what's acceptable in an adult comic later on in the story).

But for all that, this isn't something that tittilates, it's something that deals with huge issues in a way that comics often steer around - or jump in with both feet and make a mess of things. Allegories of war, and even some rather tongue-in-cheek observations on becoming a parent for the first time are in here.

Prince Robot IV. Not to be trifled with. 

For my money though, it's the characters that make Saga stand out. Alana and Marko are seriously sexy characters who feel like they're reining in their awesome power and just trying to get along with being a family

But oh, then there's Lying Cat.

Lying Cat and "The Will" Again, don't mess with this pair! They'll turn you into a beanbag. 

A psychic cat as a sidekick, that can tell if folk are telling fibs? What's not to love. With his handler "The Will", a psychotic mercenary hunting for Alana and Marko - with the odd dalliance here and there to a prostitution colony, Lying Cat is utterly fantastic.

Saga is inventive, stunning to look at, and I cannot wait to dive into Volume 2 (it's so difficult not to dive through both volumes and consume them voraciously in one sitting). Watch out for a review soon.

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Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

Saga Volume 1 Cover - Horny Horny Horny!

For the first official Graphic Novel review here at Daddy after Dark I wanted to look at something that may have slipped by completely unnoticed, but is well and truly worthy of your attention.

Brian K. Vaughan may be a name familiar to Lost fans. Someone who can weave a plot so intricate and deliciously dark that it's irresistible even when it makes no sense whatsoever, Brian has turned his talents to producing a sprawling sexy spacefaring science fiction masterpiece in the shape of Saga. With  the formidable illustrative talents of Fiona Staples, Volume 1 introduces us to Marko, a horned footsoldier on one side of a global conflict and his wife Alana, the sultry, sexy and kick-ass winged member of a technological coalition on the 'other side' of the war.

This is an adult graphic novel, so don't be surprised when it kicks off with a rather bizarre birth scene introducing us to Marko and Alana's daughter Hazel (the narrator of the story), and also has sex scenes and suggestive content (including something that deals with a subject that is really pushing the boundaries of what's acceptable in an adult comic later on in the story).

But for all that, this isn't something that tittilates, it's something that deals with huge issues in a way that comics often steer around - or jump in with both feet and make a mess of things. Allegories of war, and even some rather tongue-in-cheek observations on becoming a parent for the first time are in here.

Prince Robot IV. Not to be trifled with. 

For my money though, it's the characters that make Saga stand out. Alana and Marko are seriously sexy characters who feel like they're reining in their awesome power and just trying to get along with being a family

But oh, then there's Lying Cat.

Lying Cat and "The Will" Again, don't mess with this pair! They'll turn you into a beanbag. 

A psychic cat as a sidekick, that can tell if folk are telling fibs? What's not to love. With his handler "The Will", a psychotic mercenary hunting for Alana and Marko - with the odd dalliance here and there to a prostitution colony, Lying Cat is utterly fantastic.

Saga is inventive, stunning to look at, and I cannot wait to dive into Volume 2 (it's so difficult not to dive through both volumes and consume them voraciously in one sitting). Watch out for a review soon.

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