Family Beginnings: A Review of Saga Vol. II

The first volume of Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ space fantasy comic series Saga threw us right into the action with Hazel, the story’s narrator and daughter of the protagonists Marko and Alana, being born. Soldiers on two separate sides of an ongoing galactic conflict, the two fell in love and had a child, a child that the powers that be want captured or killed for propaganda purposes.

In the story’s second volume, we get to learn a little bit more about how Marko and Alana’s romance began. Flashbacks of their meeting when Marko was a POW and Alana was his guard are threaded into this installment. There is less forward moving action in the narrative, but Alana does get to meet her in-laws and starts to build a relationship with them. Meanwhile, their pursuers continue to hunt them and begin to close in on their location.

This volume continues the tale well, and it was nice to get some background information about the characters filled in too. Much of what was great about the first volume of the story holds true here. Staples’ art is incredible, as are the imaginative settings and races she and Vaughan have come up with to flesh out this world. Vaughan’s writing is always on point. The story moves at just the right pace, and the characters are conveyed so well, all of them having backgrounds and motivations that make them sympathetic in their own way.

If you haven’t started reading Saga, I highly recommend it. You can check out my review of the first volume if you want my thoughts on how the series starts. It’s a great story, one of the better ones I’ve read recently, and it’s definitely worth your time.

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