What I’m reading: Saga

Earlier this week I read the first three volumes of Saga, written by Brian K. Vaughan and drawn by Fiona Staples. Sarah found them in a bookshop — she’d read them before and remembered them fondly, and was already at the checkout counter with all three by the time I caught up with her.

It’s lovely. It’s a family story, about two soldiers from opposite sides of an intergalactic, cross-species war, who fall in love, go on the run, have a child, and are now hunted by multiple groups of people, including an ex-fiance and tabloid writers.

Saga Vol 1-3
Saga Vol 1-3

One particular character I fell in love with, although — spoiler — she dies fairly early. She’s an assassin, with a spider’s body and a woman’s torso, minus the arms. What would be her “spider legs”, though, are all arms, and she walks and carries herself on her hands.

I’m in two minds for her, though, since she’s almost the standard spider-body-woman-chimera, and dies early, and so far has only been Yet Another Woman Who Dies to Drive a Man’s Story Forward™. Still, I wish I knew more about her.

There are more volumes out. We’re currently planning on tracking them down the next time we visit our regular comic shop.

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