Thursday, 25 July 2013

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

Saga Volume II. Red in tooth, claw and horn
If you've already seen my review of Saga Volume 1, you're already aware that I'm won over by the heady cocktail of uber-violence, romance and space-going surreality that has been poured lasciviously into Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples sprawling series.

With Volume 2 we play catch up for a while or two, with more of an introduction into the stories of Alana and Marko. When they met it wasn't quite murder, but as you see in this frame, it wasn't a bed of roses either. Owch!

Thwok!
On the run from ruthless mercenaries, the duo with their newborn daughter in tow have a less than happy "Meet the Parents" moment when Marko's mum and dad drop in (Marko's dad is eminently cool, have to say).

Meanwhile menacing "The Will" and Lying Cat team up with Marko's spurned ex who wants more than just cold hearted revenge (LYING!), and a couple of rather important family heirlooms back. Help comes from a surprising source but I'll leave you to discover that little nugget in the story yourself.

It's not exactly spoilerish to tell you that as you reach the end of Saga Volume 2, you're left hanging in the breeze waiting for Vaughan and Staples to polish up the rest of the Saga and deliver Volume 3 (If you're already voraciously consuming the original comic series rather than, like me, playing catch up with 'the box set' then you're in for a bit of a wait.

Suffice to say that this should not put you off enjoying a wholly fresh-feeling and deliciously dark pair of graphic novels. If you're not in love (or at least lust) with Alana or Marko by the end, there's probably something wrong with you. Once again, this is a comic for grown ups so expect nudity, sex and the world's droopiest and crustied sore-covered ballsack. Don't say I didn't warn you.

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Thursday, 25 July 2013

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

Saga Volume II. Red in tooth, claw and horn
If you've already seen my review of Saga Volume 1, you're already aware that I'm won over by the heady cocktail of uber-violence, romance and space-going surreality that has been poured lasciviously into Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples sprawling series.

With Volume 2 we play catch up for a while or two, with more of an introduction into the stories of Alana and Marko. When they met it wasn't quite murder, but as you see in this frame, it wasn't a bed of roses either. Owch!

Thwok!
On the run from ruthless mercenaries, the duo with their newborn daughter in tow have a less than happy "Meet the Parents" moment when Marko's mum and dad drop in (Marko's dad is eminently cool, have to say).

Meanwhile menacing "The Will" and Lying Cat team up with Marko's spurned ex who wants more than just cold hearted revenge (LYING!), and a couple of rather important family heirlooms back. Help comes from a surprising source but I'll leave you to discover that little nugget in the story yourself.

It's not exactly spoilerish to tell you that as you reach the end of Saga Volume 2, you're left hanging in the breeze waiting for Vaughan and Staples to polish up the rest of the Saga and deliver Volume 3 (If you're already voraciously consuming the original comic series rather than, like me, playing catch up with 'the box set' then you're in for a bit of a wait.

Suffice to say that this should not put you off enjoying a wholly fresh-feeling and deliciously dark pair of graphic novels. If you're not in love (or at least lust) with Alana or Marko by the end, there's probably something wrong with you. Once again, this is a comic for grown ups so expect nudity, sex and the world's droopiest and crustied sore-covered ballsack. Don't say I didn't warn you.

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