|Saga Volume III by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics)|
Sweary, sexy, uber-violent but ultra-intelligent, we left Alana and Marko embarking on a completely bonkers quest (along with their wistful daughter Hazel, the "not-quite-mother-in-law-from-hell", and a ghostly babysitter with half of her guts hanging out). They're seeking out a novelist on a long-dead world, in order to find some twisted wisdom in his words. Hotly pursued by just about everyone, including Prince Robot IV, Marko's ex-girlfriend with a serious case of heartbreak, and "The Will" - a violent psychopathic mercenary with a buzz-cut, a heart of gold and size 11 doc martens.
On meeting their idol, Alana and Marko find that danger is close, but just as we think we're about to see one cataclysmic finale, Brian and Fi yank the rug out from under us and we're left hanging off the edge of a precipice (or should that be lighthouse) again. Saga's appeal is in the way it balances fast-paced sweary dialogue with mind-meltingly gorgeous art. It reminds me of fabulous 'out-there' sci fi like Farscape, but with a serious adult edge to it that will have you wincing in places.
Saga is so satisfyingly sprawling that coming in at Volume 3 will blow your mind. Best to pick up Volume 1 and 2 though and seriously treat yourself as you meet an eclectic and dangerous bunch of comic misfits, peripheral characters that are filthy as well as sexy, and two journalists who could almost double for DR and Quinch.