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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"...in 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 read...it's well worth your time.
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