Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Book Review: Saga Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Book Review: Saga Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Fugitive couple Marko and Alana are on the run from their respective homeworlds which are locked in a galaxy-spanning war. Both sides want the couple's existence hushed up and have been trying to kill them and their daughter, Hazel. Marko's parents have come to help him and are slowly won over by the rest of the family. But not without causing a lot of trouble first.

Meanwhile, the Freelancer bounty hunter hired to kill the couple has an interesting side story. He gave up when a fellow Freelancer died. To console himself he went to a bordello world where he was shocked by the offer of an under-age girl. He decides to save her from sexual slavery. An agent from Marko's world (who is also Marko's ex Gwen) helps him out to get him back on the job.  Gwen is motivated more by revenge than politics but her motivation keeps the story moving ahead and more interesting.

Flashbacks show how Marko and Alana fell in love when Marko was a P.O.W. Alana read a book that she found completely fascinating and she read it to him. They both liked the story and discussed it as a metaphor for how their planets can be reconciled. Whether the author intended it or not, the book sparked their love. Back in the current story, the robot royalty from her world seeks out the author, assuming she's fangirl enough to hunt her favorite author down. He also sees the message of the book (though of course he sees it as subversive), resulting in an interesting discussion about authorial intent and artistic interpretation.

The book has a lot of interesting, creative world-building in it as they chase across the galaxy. The human interest is still very high. I want to see what will happen with the characters. The depiction still has a lot of unnecessary (and weird) nudity and sex that doesn't serve the storytelling and which I am starting to find tedious. Overall, it's still a fascinating story.

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