Saga Volume 2: Great Story

Saga, Volume 2 - Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples

In its sequel to 2012's graphic novella Saga, Vaughan picks up this story right where it left off. No, seriously... like, SECONDS after its cliffhanger first installment.

     I am so excited about the new tension, now that Marko's anti-Landfall parents have come aboard their escape tree-rocket. This is after they blast the couple's zombie babysitter off the ship. This is a family drama.
     I was so impressed at how Vaughan kept up realistic friction between Marko and his mom without making their fighting sound stupid. Landfall-Wreath prejudice hasn't faded from the story and, even though steps have been made in Alana's favor, it's clear that there are still some hard feelings.
     While I am relieved that both the heroes and the villains are surviving--a new sensation while reading--I am wary of the death-loopholes. (The lance that saves the Lying Cat was the most obvious.) I have mixed feelings about character deaths. Sometimes the greater threat of doom can keep suspense going during the story. This isn't a hard-and-fast rule, of course; body-bagging half your characters isn't the recipe for a riveting plot either. But after the little girl is rescued--and Izabel is found, and Marko escapes from the baby-monster-planet--I missed some of the suspense from the previous story.