Saga Volume 2 (Anglais) Broché – 2 juillet 2013
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Brian K. Vaughn poursuit avec savoir faire l'installation de la situation qui fonde cette série de space opéra particulièrement "space" : Alana et Marko s'aiment d'un amour tendre et de leur union est née Haze, un bébé fille. Le problème ? C'est que leur espèce respective est l'ennemie jurée de l'autre ! Ils se sont rencontrés au bagne ! Alana la matonne était censée garder Marko le prisonnier de guerre ! Ils ont pris la fuite ensemble ! Ils ont ardemment copulé sans précaution et ont engendré une fille, Hazel ! Des chasseurs de prime (The Will et The Stalk) sont à la poursuite de cette famille maudite, ainsi que le Prince Robot IV, au sang froid autant que bleu.
Dans ce volume, les fugitifs se rapprochent des parents de Marko mais ce dernier part aussitôt, avec sa sportive maman à ses trousses, à la recherche d'Izabel, une nounou fantôme au look d'ado grunge à qui il manque tout le bas du corps en-dessous du nombril (1). Alana reste avec le papa de Marko, au comportement bizarre à son endroit, pour ne pas dire hostile.
Vaughn, avec des flashbacks racontés par Haze, nous présente la rencontre entre Alana et Marko, ainsi que des scènes de l'enfance de ce dernier. Pendant ce temps, les limiers précités se rapprochent, dans l'espace ou sur le sol d'une planète refuge...
Le charme du volume inaugural ('...Lire la suite ›
Le récit s'ouvre par un petit retour en arrière sur les convictions de Barr (le père de Marko) vis-à-vis de la guerre entre Landfall et Wreath, avec des commentaires d'Hazel (la fille d'Alana et Marko). Puis il reprend son cours au présent, à bord du vaisseau spatial où Alana fait connaissance avec ses beaux-parents qui découvrent leur petite fille. Marko et Klara (sa mère) se téléportent sur une autre planète à la recherche d'Izabel, pendant que Barr et Alana restent en tête à tête pour briser la glace. Il y a 2 ou 3 retours en arrière pour montrer dans quelles circonstances Alana et Marko ont fait connaissance, et l'importance du livre "A night time smoke" de D. Oswald Heist dans leur relation. Pendant ce temps là, Gwendolyn se fait fort de remettre The Will au travail, alors qu'il continue de s'inquiéter pour Slave Girl qu'il a laissée sur Sextillion.
Dans le premier tome, le lecteur découvrait un univers très riche, dans une narration au croisement de plusieurs genres : science-fiction, magie, horreur, et comédie romantique. Vaughan et Staples continuent de construire le récit sur ces bases très ouvertes.Lire la suite ›
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SAGA VOLUME 2 collects issues #7-12 and picks up right where volume 1 left off. Alana and Marko, with their child, Hazel, and the ghostly "Horror" Izabel, have left the planet Cleave and have gotten away from the war effort of the galaxy. Until Marko's parents show up on their spaceship/home, vaporize Izabel, and find out their son married one of the enemies and had a forbidden child...this just makes a wacky family reunion. And off on the other side of the galaxy, the bounty hunter The Will (and his lie-detecting cat) is still trying to get the slave girl free from Sextillion, which a very personal colleague of Marko's helps out. And Prince Robot IV has tracked down his lead of the author that might have inspired Alana and Marko to free themselves of the Landfall/Wreath war.
Vaughan continues to write this series with everything he can throw at it and still succeeds immensely. The theme of volume 2 is more personal then volume 1, where it had every character doing something to create a massive world building book. Volume 2 has it where it slows the pace a little bit and focuses more on the family building between Marko's parents coming into the fold (so don't let the graphic, blood soaked Marko on the cover give you the wrong ideas). Their prejudice against Alana, Marko's decision and lifestyle choices, and being grandparents (and parents themselves to Marko) evolve and play out wonderful, as well as emotionally organic over the course of the book. The theme that all parents want what's best for their children is utterly prevalent. And further examination of how Alana and Marko first met and ended up with each other is also touching, humorous, and very Romeo and Juliet-like.
Although majority of the book is less world building and more character building with the Alana/Marko family tree, volume 2 still does further some world building with The Will and Prince Robot IV. The Will continues to be a complex human being/bounty hunter that wants to morally save a slave girl and gets help (a person with a very personal connection to Marko) from another great additional character that adds even more to the building plot that I do not want to give away who it is, but I want to see more of this person. And the Prince (one of the weirdest and visually striking characters ever) gets a great good cop/bad cop interrogation issues into his investigation on Alana and Marko. Both plots build each character and build the world of Saga with grace, with only the human elements taking full stage here.
And of course art duties are by Fiona Staples, who again, continues to draw some of the most exquisite, colorful, organic/alien looking book on the market. She still stays strong with Vaughans scripts of human emotion and expressions, while giving touches of wit, organic plant life, and alien sci-fi to the pages. Even more the risqué art form that was in volume 1 is still here and will still surprise/shock you when you see it.
Much like volume 1, I have really no complaints here, but it still is a mature rated book. F-bombs, sexual depiction, innuendos, blood, violence, and some of the weirdest forms of imagery a person can imagine a alien universe are here in full glory. Even a very controversial scene within the first 3 pages of issue #12 of a certain gay-sex scene that might or might not take you out of the story. But if you read volume 1 and had no problems with Staples imagery, then you know what to expect and shouldn't have a problem. And anyone who did have a problem, well...oh well, I still am warning you.
SAGA VOL.2 continues to deliver everything the title lives up to and then some, while also continually being a solid book that shows there is plenty more to come from Vaughan and Staples. If you loved volume 1, volume 2 should not disappoint. And if you are a new reader itching to try something new, then go check out Saga, Vol. 1 and see what the fuss is about while the series is just starting. The saga continues...and the miracle of this story just begun.
** Note: There will be no spoilers for volume 2 in this review, but will be some for volume 1. **
I refer to the first volume of Saga "one of the most gloriously screwed up things I've ever read." Its heavy use of profanity, nudity, graphic violence and sex, and a LOT of things most readers will find very unsettling make it the very definition of "not for everyone." But Alana and Marko's desperate scramble away from their pasts in order to protect their forbidden child was wonderfully weird and engaging for those who can handle the approach to the subject matter.
Volume 2 has a slightly different feel than volume 1. There is a little less in the way of shock value as events are building from things started in the first six issues. This is actually a great choice, as constantly trying to push the levels of outrageousness for shock value alone would get old fast and ruin the comic. The characters are the important driving force in any story and it's nice to see that remembered here. Don't get me wrong, it's still explicit and rough and pushing all kinds of boundaries, but Vaughan's taking time to properly deal with things previously established instead of always rushing headlong into the next "oh my god" moment.
Hazel continues to narrate looking back on her childhood to add context and depth. Alana and Marko remain the central focus, but Marko's parents, The Will and Prince Robot IV are equally well developed and interesting. There's a lot of character development and background explored here, blended well and without disrupting the pacing. The overarching plot is developing a laser focus - both their races want Marko and Alana dead and Hazel in their hands and the unlikely couple need to stay one step ahead of their operatives (The Will and Prince Robot IV respectively).
Saga is still evolving a bit as it goes but is also still a strong, engrossing tale through strange and grotesque worlds that's an easy recommendation for those who can deal with its presentation.
On the surface, the book is about two star crossed lovers on the lam and hunted by several parties. The narrator is their newborn daughter and she has quite a few clever quips in there to keep the action rolling or segue into the next chapter. But wow, there is SO MUCH going on under those not-so-calm waters.
Saga Volume 2 collects issues 7-12 of the story. I absolutely encourage those who love graphic novels to read the volume 1 first. This really is the definition of a great unique story that isn't so weird as to be inaccessible. The story flows smoothly but oh-so-incredibly-uniquely that you wonder how anyone could possibly have dreamed all this up.
Saga the series works because of the great collaboration between the illustrator and the author. Staples' artwork is incredibly gorgeous and almost photo realistic - characters don't just talk, the are animated. But the artwork is also very clean and absolutely gorgeous. Her ability to create the perfect illustration of Vaughan's very sensitive and grounded story/dialogue work together to elevate this to art form.
I can't stress enough that when this is described as weird, unique, different, etc., that is the highest compliment. So many weird books don't have a point or story and exist just to celebrate their oddness. Saga, on the other hand, has very real feeling characters reacting in interesting and very real feeling ways. Just in the weirdest milieu imaginable in outer space.
This is a very adult but not raunchy and definitely not T&A-fests so rampant in today's comics. It's a great story I've enjoyed reading twice now.
The characters Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples bring to their creation is awesome. I kept getting caught up in all the interplay and the machinations. Normally a cast this large would be a challenge for readers, but each of the players is drawn so well that I have no problem keeping up with who is who.
Of course, the fact that Vaughan and Staples don't mind killing off major players keeps those numbers down somewhat. And I want to kick and scream when they do that. Often I'm not done with those characters and want to see them more. That's certainly the case in this volume. Case in point: the mouse medic. I'm going to warn you now not to get too attached. You'll want to, and then you'll just get your heart broken.
I honestly don't know where this series is going. Haven't got a clue. But I know that somewhere out there, this baby grows up. I just don't know how many people (or if) anyone survived with her. I mean, she's already attached to a ghost, so maybe they're in limbo somewhere just talking to each other.
Vaughan's sense of characters is amazing. I loved the way the romance kindled between Alana and Marko, and I love the resonance that echoes in Marko's parents. It's easily seen where his romantic nature came from.
It's hard to talk about the plot without giving things away (like the above mentioned mouse medic), but I will say that this comic series is definitely one that will entertain and expand horizons.
As I mentioned before, Saga is definitely an adult comic.
The story explores more about Marko and Alana's past while dealing with the present. It's a great balance and provides more insight to the characters, making it hard not to feel attached to them.
As before, I have to stress that this series is not for children. There is graphic nudity and violence, and a lot of language used throughout. Not quite as much as the first volume, but it's still there. That said, it's all drawn extremely well in a unique style that captures its unique setting.
Saga is a series that everyone should take a look at. The universe is fresh and new and really blends together elements of science fiction and fantasy perfectly. I eagerly await for the next volume. From the looks of it, it's going to keep getting better and better.