Saga, Vol. 1

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Saga, Vol. 1 Lin-Manuel Miranda By The Book

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  • Whom Are You Calling a Horror?

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    In a Weregeek comic strip from 2013, a young woman excitedly talks about how special “Saga” is. She describes it as a crazy space opera with aliens, ghosts and tree ships. She claims its creator made it deliberately nutty so that Hollywood could never adapt it as yet another boring blockbuster; the special effects, nudity, excessive violence and swearing would make it an expensive nightmare to produce and unlikely to appeal to a general audience. Therefore, no one in Hollywood would touch it. (What, like “Deadpool” didn’t have those things?) But, man, Alina Pete hit the nail on the head. This is crack storytelling written as if by someone ON crack! Horned aliens and winged aliens are actually the least unusual characters in this story; I’ve seen beings like that in books written about the Fair Folk. This graphic series takes crazy to a whole new level. It starts in media res, with a woman giving birth to a baby with her daddy’s horns and her mother’s wings. It’s told by the baby in question (whose parents still haven’t come up with a name for her). There’s a whole other backstory here, one involving a war that’s been going on so long no one knows how it started and that has spread to practically every planet in the known galaxy. In their efforts to escape persecution, winged Alana and horned Marko are taking their new baby on the run. The book is filled with firefights, cats that can sense lies, aliens with tv screens for heads, arachnid women, unicorn-headed ladies, talking ghosts and child slavery. It’s twisted, funny, exciting, weird and its lunacy is both coherent and wickedly bizarre. The illustrations are superb with shading, color, placement and dialogue ably conveying mood, interconnection and action among the characters. This is one action-packed, visually stylistic and emotionally gripping tale, with a fantastic writer-artist collaboration.