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And now for something completely different, i.e., me fangirling a non-Marvel comic.

Before I get to the story itself, let's take a look at Fiona Staple's cover for the trade paperback:

It's beautiful.

So...there I was, standing in line early one Wednesday morning, new comic books in hand and ready for purchase, when the cover of the just-released first volume of Saga caught my eye. I started leafing through the pages, and when I reached the counter, my usual Wednesday morning comics pusher said, "Isn't Saga great?" I admitted I wasn't familiar with the title, didn't know Fiona Staples' work, and wasn't familiar with Brian K. Vaughan (hey, I'm still in my novice year of comics reading!). He side-eyed me, then said, "Buy it." Didn't even bother to tell me what it was about, just told me to buy the book, and I obeyed him.

Honestly? I'm not going to say too much, because I want you to have the pleasure of discovering this series as you read, but I'll give you the premise, at least, as stolen from the pages of wikipedia:

It depicts two lovers from long-warring extraterrestrial races, Alana and Marko, fleeing authorities from both sides of a galactic war as they struggle to care for their newborn daughter, Hazel, who occasionally narrates the series.

Alana [from a winged race] and Marko [whose people have horns] and Hazel [baby sized, but both winged and horned] are fantastic, the people in pursuit of them are three-dimensional - even the ones who are ostensibly "the bad guys" fact, all the characters are pretty amazing, plus the story finds a way to remain original, despite having such clear roots in older, recognizable tales such as Romeo and Juliet.

And the comic is beautiful.

I'm sure there are folks who gave the comic a try and didn't enjoy it, but I haven't met any yet.

Give it a's well worth your time.

Date: 2013-03-01 09:37 pm (UTC)
umbo: Hawkeye and bow in sillouette (hawkguy boom)
From: [personal profile] umbo
I love this comic. And I think I first encountered it in [community profile] scans_daily, for which I am eternally grateful, because it (like, only completely unlike) Hawkeye, is totally different from anything else I'd seen or expected.

Date: 2013-03-02 11:58 am (UTC)
salinea: Sansa squeeing (<3)
From: [personal profile] salinea
Saga is awesome, yes ♥ Brian Vaughan in general is ♥ ♥ ♥

Date: 2013-03-02 12:55 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] salinea
Yeah, Y the last man was one of thing I read before I was reading "comics" (also Runaways and Ex Machina) ^^

Date: 2013-03-02 07:59 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] pervert_bitch
I think I'll finally go and read this then :D

Date: 2013-03-03 07:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] merisunshine36
I saw this on tumblr the other day and was intrigued--now I will definitely pick it up!

Date: 2013-03-09 01:51 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] merisunshine36
Back! Have just finished Vol. 1 and you are right, it is the absolute bestest. For some reason it reads to me like the R-rated cousin of Avatar the Last Airbender. Similar scope of drama and neat fantasy worldbuilding vaguely grounded in reality. I did not think it was possible to love characters so much at first go, but I oh, I do.

Date: 2013-03-03 08:31 pm (UTC)
goodbyebird: Batman returns: Catwoman seen through a glass window. (C ∞ Kate Cane)
From: [personal profile] goodbyebird
I've read the first TPB of Saga as well, and liked it muchly. Will definitely keep reading, and yes, the art is great as well. Actually made some icons this weekend, though sadly didn't have access to any inside panels :(

Btw, if you're new to Vaughan(lucky you), you should absolutely read his run of Runaways. I can't imagine you won't love it.

Date: 2013-03-03 09:35 pm (UTC)
goodbyebird: Angel & Faith: Faith brushes debris off her shoulder, "Go on brush your" (C ∞ five by five)
From: [personal profile] goodbyebird
It's been a few years since I read it last, so probably not the best candidate. Keeping the community in mind in case I stumble across something new and exciting though :)

Date: 2013-03-07 05:30 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] laurakaye
I bought the book largely on the strength of that cover. I was like, "who is this green-haired chick with wings, standing there hipshot as she stone-cold breastfeeds her baby with a gun in her hand and a defiant look? I love her already!"

And then I read the Amazon preview pages and was just SOLD.


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