SAGA, Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples picks up where Volume 1 left off. This big, bizarre, beautiful story continues to grow and blossom and surprise readers in the most enjoyable way.
This review assumes you’ve read Volume 1. It contains spoilers for those who have not.
When we left off, Marko’s parents had joined Marko and Alana. Given their militantly pro-Wreath beliefs, to say they are not a fan of Alana is a dramatic understatement. Of course, while that conflict is simmering, Freelancer The Will (in combination with another Wreath official) is still out there. He wants vengeance for The Stalk’s murder, so when Volume 2 begins, he’s less concerned with Marko and Alana than he is with Prince Robot IV. But, considering Prince Robot IV is hunting Marko and Alana, well, The Will won’t be sitting on the sidelines for long.
The plot threads intertwine, and the pacing doesn’t lag for a moment. And, not only is the plotting excellent, but it’s also a universe unlike any other. The creatures found in SAGA are both adorable and strange, depending on the frame. And at times, this story is shocking, moving, hilarious, and tragic.
Although some postage-stamp sized depictions of gay sex have raised some controversy, I think that anger is misplaced. First, because there are far more shocking and graphic images in this volume. Second, because it’s a distraction. Deep down, SAGA is a story about love and hope. If you’re going to write off a great story because of two small pictures, it’s probably time to reevaluate your priorities.
This is a short review because I don’t want to give away too much of the plot, and frankly, I don’t know if you’d believe half of the things I’d write. But bottom line? This is one of the must-read comics around today. What are you waiting for?
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