Title: Saga Volume 2
Author: Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Publisher: Image Comics
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SAGA is sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe. Thanks to her star-crossed parents Marko and Alana, newborn baby Hazel has already survived lethal assassins, rampaging armies, and horrific monsters, but in the cold vastness of outer space, the little girl encounters her strangest adventure yet… grandparents. (Source: Goodreads)
Picking up where things left off in the first volume Saga continues on with the story of Hazel and her family as they flee a war they’ve abandoned in favour of pacifism, love, and freedom. This volume serves to introduce grandparents, ex-lovers, and a whole whack of background. Including the very author who helped Alana and Marko bond through his writing. Battles, bad guys, and terrifying baby space monsters are also feature in this thrilling follow-up.
After reading Volume 1 only a few days ago (though based on review posting dates it looks longer) and loving it, I knew I had to get the rest of the volumes that had been released so far. So I went and bought the next two volumes. This follow up is as good as the first matching it with the same level of quality development, story, characters, and art. There’s honestly just something about this series that leaves you wanting more.
The story picks up where the previous volume left off with the arrival of Marko’s parents, which leads to a lot of really fantastic development both with Marko and with Alana showing the bonds they build/have built with Marko’s parents. I also thought the backstory, that of Marko and Alana’s meeting and eventual pregnancy was really great and fit perfectly into the story as I had understood it. This story really all fits together perfectly and meets your expectations, even when there are unexpected twists they fit right in.
Alana and Marko only become more amazing and interesting throughout this volume. Their meeting and falling in love? Perfect. The art that accompanies it especially melted my heart and had me swooning. It’s so weird to look at Marko and be like “yes I dig the horns” but honestly Staples’ art is just perfection. At the back as well there are some really fantastic alt covers, sketches, and bookplates which are the best part of any comic book for me. The behind the scenes stuff is so interesting to see.
There was significantly less humour in this volume, but it really worked because it fit with the place they were in. There’s also a lot less of Izabel which really removed the sarcastic humour she provided in the first volume. I think that the minimal humour is not a fault though, it really worked well. The tone was a little darker but it served well as a follow-up
I once again highly recommend this series, and this volume in particular. This series continues to exceed my expectations. I’m excited to read more!