Saga, Volume 1

Saga, Volume 1 - Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples Blimey, this was actually really good!

Alana and Marko are soldiers on opposite sides of an extremely large (and brutal) galaxy-wide war. They fall in love and are left with little choice but to go on the run from their respective nations - but it doesn't take long before more trouble strikes in the form an unplanned pregnancy, and two fugitives eventually become three.

Our trio are pursued by agents dispatched by both sides, with strict orders to eliminate the deserters on sight, as they attempt to flee to somewhere - anywhere - that could provide a safe haven for their new family.

Well written, with snappy, believable dialogue and some wonderfully likeable characters, this was a pleasure to read. Alana and Marko make a great couple, and even the presumed 'antagonists' have back-stories that flesh them out and make them seem much more well-rounded and human than the usual comic book fare, leaving plenty of shades of grey and room for possible surprises in the future.

The 'technological fantasy' setting (this isn't really sci-fi*) is put to great use, and we're presented with a universe that feels like anything could happen and most probably will at some point.

Fiona Staples' sublime artwork is the icing on the cake.

For the first time in what seems like an age, I'm actually really excited to see where a comic series is going to go.

Bring. It. On.

* Yes, there is a difference. Really.