Saga: Vol. 2, by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples

ImageVol. 2 of “Saga,” the brainchild of Michael K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples, just came out.

For those of you keeping up with the comics, over the last month you could have read up to chapter 9, 10, 11 and 12 were out of print until now. In Vol. 2, you can read up through chapter 12.

Fans won’t get to find out what happens next in the storyline, until August.

It’s kind of ridiculous that Apple’s iStore has banned chapter 12 for digital download. There is a miniscule “homo-erotic” scene displayed on the TV monitor of a face that Robot IV imagines seeing as his life flashed before his “eyes.” And all the guts and glory of the ensuing space warfare are safe for a child’s viewing pleasure? I think not. If you’re going to ban a book, ban it. But come up with a better reason than the fact that there’s a penis shot on one of the pages? What does Apple think about that huge monster with boils all over his outer epidermis, with a sack as large as two adult elephants standing side-by-side?

Anyhow, before our antagonist robot is about to meet his end, a cute little mouse person comes to his rescue, of course, and ends up biting it herself due to the fact that no one gave her a gas mask.

If you’ve read any “Mouse Guard,” by David Petersen, I wouldn’t be surprised if you looked away for that gruesome incident.

Among other bloody scenes, you get to see The Stalk again (after being killed off by a simple bazooka blast through the heart in chapter four) re-imagined in a dream The Will has.

I won’t reiterate the entire series for you, as you should really just go read it yourself, but here’s the basic rundown:

The planet Wreath is at war with its moon. The Moonies have wings and the people of Wreath are blessed with horns. This is basically how the armies differentiate between the good and bad guys around here, not based on their morals or allegiances, but based on looks.

Well, a horned guy and a winged girl fall in love (Romeo and Juliet style) and they have a kid named Hazel. She just so happens to have horns and it looks like she’s sprouting baby wings, too.

Izabel is her babysitter for now, the gods know she needs one. She’s a specter in the shape of the upper body of a teenage Goth girl, dangling entrails and all.

Everyone’s after our protagonists. Freelancers are constantly trying to kill them and it seems every army from this side of the galaxy is signing death warrants for them as we speak.

Is Hazel the savior of both races? Why does everyone want to kill her? Well, I can understand why Marko’s (horned guy) ex-girlfriend would be pissed, but what are the motives behind Robot IV?

Brian K. Vaughn’s characters are just as believable as if they were sitting here next to me. Alana’s moody as hell, just as any woman would be right after having a kid and (Well, women are pretty unstable emotionally, regardless of what part of her life she’s fighting through. I should know.) Marko kind of reminds me of Vaughn’s character, Yorick, from the “Y: The Last Man” series. Could it be in the crinkles of his eyes when he’s about to say something cheesy or in the way he’s right about most things? You really can’t oppose the leader of a revolution. You just tag along for the ride.

That’s what I’m doing here with “Saga.” The art is phenomenal, Fiona Staples is a genius when it comes to blood and guts and all that’s sacred in a good sci-fi, horror comic. In the details of the visions of space she permits us to merely catch a glimpse of the beauty hanging in the tenuous balance between one world and the next, while a giant tree-made rocket ship is propelling its guests through the void.

Things can only get weirder from here.

I’m also getting into J. Michael Straczynski’s “Ten Grand,” so be sure to be on the look-out for my next comic review.

One comment

  1. Very good blog and It makes you think why there is war and what can save people from hating each other. Spioler we meet the author that has kind spawned this relationship and even though he tells Robot IV that the book in general had no message against the government or the war. Its seems like it will play a big part of this whole story.

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