Science fiction and fantasy
Saga: Volume Two
by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
The mercenary known as The Will is after the family, and he's especially galvanised by the death of a colleague he was very close to. He's also determined to rescue a young slave girl who he met on previous adventures. Then Gwendolyn, Marko's former betrothed, comes into the picture. She wants to make Marko suffer, and she's prepared to join forces with a notorious mercenary to achieve her ends.
All of this takes place against the backdrop of an endless war. Hazel is a tiny scrap of a baby, but she symbolises an extremely controversial union. The personal is political, and vice versa, throughout this story, and that's one of its many charms.
As soon as I finished Saga: Volume Two I wanted to read it again and again. And again. The graphics are beautiful and the characters are charming. The only thing that lets it down is the gratuitousness of some of the images. It is very explicit; however, I don't think all of the sex, nudity, and violence is a bad thing just because it's there. The problem is that it frequently seems to be there to provide instant shocks or titillation, rather than to advance the story. But it's a story that doesn't need to do this, because it's already hitting the right buttons.
8th November 2013
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Review © Ros Jackson
Source: own copy
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