Saga starts again this week with issue 7, picking up from the two-month hiatus since #6. If you don’t know what that is, you really need to find out. It follows the adventures of a newlywed, interracial – and I don’t mean black/white; think more wings/horns – spacebound couple as they defend their newborn child in the most promising sci-fi/fantasy story since, um, the first season of Lost maybe? That might not sound like a great thing, but once you take into account that I’m a huge Lost fan and it’s an easy connection since Saga‘s writer Brian K. Vaughan wrote for its later seasons…shit, I’m really not selling it, am I?
Okay, so here’s the real pitch: it has all the wonder and possibility of A New Hope, the action and invention of an intelligent blockbuster and the wit and emotional punch of a Joss Whedon story. Vaughan’s a proven master of long-form comics with Y: The Last Man and Ex Machina, and the art from Fiona Staples puts all other R-rated space operas to shame because she makes it look so fucking good. All that plus the fact that the budget is considerably lower than, well, any movie and the potential for where this story could take us is pant-wettingly exciting.
And if you need any more than that (as if it weren’t enough) to shift that couple of quid a month from your moth-housing wallet? There’s surely enough swearing, violence and boobs to keep even the most deranged comic lovers satiated.
Seriously. If you only buy one comic this year (and that’s no way to build up your collection if you ask me), get this one. You can get the first six issues for like £7 on Amazon. That’s just over a pound an issue! Look, here’s a link so you don’t even have to type in the search bar! Things are just too easy for you not to get in on this. I wish I was getting paid to say all this, but alas that’s not the case. I just really like this comic, and I think you might too.
Independent comics – even really great ones from well-known creators – need a strong fan base in order to survive, so I guess this is me doing my bit to ensure Saga‘s future. Hell, pick up #7 off the shelves this week, just to see. If you don’t like it, just wait a couple months and sell it for a profit on ebay. It’s a win-win situation!
And if you do? Well, maybe I’ll lend you the rest, just to whet your appetite. I’m proper magnanimous like that.