Last week, Image Comics began the run of a new series called Saga with a 44-page #1 that will leave you restless.
The comic seems to incorporate elements, ideas and styles from works as diverse as Dune, Rice Boy and Star Wars. Its story follows two deserters of a galactic war in a dash for freedom away from militaries, princes and at least one very interesting bounty hunter called “The Will” who is in possession of a big cat who exposes all falsehoods (Don’t worry; it’s weirder than you think.)
The art, to me, is captivating in its simplicity. I find myself tracing the scarce lines on the pages, wanting to hang several of its images on the walls of my room, if it wouldn’t deface this wonderful book. The faces are all expressive and diverse, and the fashions, architecture and engineering are believably space-age without overdoing it. Saga uses magic in ways that seem like science and vice versa, including such concepts as “heartbreaker” class pistols that “hurt like the day [one’s] dog died” and a race of (ruling) humanoids with CRT monitors for heads, antennae and all.
The doubled size of the first issue was an absolutely inspired move; I could not possibly imagine being more immersed in the world of Saga than I am now. Seeing the birth of a main character, a partial history of the war driving the plot, a teaser of the home world’s bizarre political system, the introduction of a major antagonist, the bonding of our heroes and brief glimpse of the vastness of a terrifying planet is certainly enough to get anyone engaged. While I expect to absolutely devour the upcoming 22-page issues far too quickly, it’s obvious that they’ll be filled with delicious plot, not (admittedly fascinating) backstory.
Do yourself a favor and get to your local comic shop as quickly as possible. If they don’t have Saga, threaten to turn them in to Baron Robot XXIII for treason.