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Staples, Fiona & Brian Vaughan. Saga, Vol. 1 (Berkeley, CA: Image Comics, 2012)

Thanks to AV Club for mentioning Saga earlier this year, which had me hooked in short order. This volume collects the first six issues of the well-regarded series, with the seventh and eighth available in your local comics shop. In the just-over-nine-month span since the first issue hit comics stores, the series has already garnered http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saga_%28comics%29 an enthusiastic fanbase. http://www.amazon.com/Saga-Volume-TP-Brian-Vaughan/dp/1607066920/ Volume Two is due in July, and the series looks to a future befitting its title.

CBR's interview with Brian K Vaughan praises artist Fiona Staples, saying that "She makes everything I write better, so I hope we can collaborate on this insanity for years to come," and io9 quotes Vaughan's plans:

Well, the book is called Saga, which would be a lousy title for a miniseries. If readers stick around to support us, I'm hoping the book lasts longer than Y: The Last Man and Ex Machina combined. I've already written the last page of the last issue, but I hope we won't reach that endpoint for many years to come.

Y: The Last Man lasted 60 issues, and Ex Machina went for 54, but can we really hope for upwards of 114 issues? (After all, Hazel might have kids of her own by then...)

There is very little I can say about Saga that is critical. Staples' art is endearing, with the only negative being a tendency for her characters' emotional reactions to be a bit too extreme. (This may be deliberate, owing perhaps to the tempestuous relationships she delineates, but some of the facial reactions seem excessive.)


links:

Comics Alliance has a nice-sized preview with a dual Staples/Vaughan interview.

CBR discusses the New York Comic Con panel, moderated by Image Publisher Eric Stephenson, which was dubbed "Saga: Sex, Drugs & Rocketships"

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