Hello everyone and welcome to another exciting edition of Silverwolf Suggests! Each month, I select three different comics for a friend that I think she or he will like. The friend then selects one of the three, and, if they like, I’ll purchase it for him or her. Later, we discuss the comic, the results of which are shared here!
This month, I’m joined by my friend Oliveblair, who read Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples at my recommendation. It’s a highly regarded comic, and so I was very intrigued to hear her thoughts on it.
Silverwolf: Thanks for joining me today, Olivia. Could you please begin by giving our readers a brief summary of Saga’s plot and atmosphere?
Oliveblair: Sure! Saga is a sci-fi comic set in a world where the inhabitants of a planet are at war with the inhabitants of its moon. The main characters are soldiers from opposing sides who meet and fall in love, eventually having a daughter. The story is at times narrated by the daughter as she’s looking back on her life growing up, and the lives of their parents as they have to live on the run in order to protect their child.
Silverwolf: Great, I couldn’t have said it better! What influenced you to choose Saga from among the titles I suggested last month?
Oliveblair: It was a really tough decision because all of your suggestions looked really interesting and entertaining, but in the end, I love a good tale of star-crossed lovers.
I think another influence was that I really liked the look of it. From what I saw in the previews on Comixology, the art was really aesthetically pleasing to me.
Silverwolf: That’s definitely something a lot of fans, myself included, agree upon. Fiona Staples has an amazing style, and she’s become wildly popular thanks to Saga. Heck, Archie Comics hired her to help relaunch their core title, so she’ll be redesigning Archie and the gang!
With all that said, do you have a particular moment from Volume 1 that you liked best, or that speaks to you the most?
Oliveblair: You’ll have to give me a second to think and reacquaint myself with where Volume 1 ends, because I read the entire comic shortly after finishing it.
Silverwolf: Wow! You beat me to the punch! I was going to ask later if you planned to keep reading, but it’s clear you liked it a lot! And sure, take your time.
Oliveblair: I don’t know if I can pick a moment, but a character that I really liked was The Will. The whole plot line with him and the slave girl was really emotionally compelling for me, and I liked that even though he was a mercenary, he had his own moral code and soft spots. Even though The Stalk was an awful person, I felt bad when she died because of his reaction.
Silverwolf: I love The Will myself. I think he works well as a character because how he’s defined by his actions. One scene he’ll be murdering people in cold blood, and the next he’ll be taking care of Lying Cat and saving the slave girl, as you mentioned. It’s really interesting, because he’s undeniably an antagonist from Alanna and Marko’s point of view, but a lot of what he does is heroic.
Nevertheless, though Saga is amazing, were there any moments or characters you weren’t particularly fond of?
Oliveblair: You know, the thing I really like about this comic is that it really makes an effort to flesh out characters and show their perspectives. Like you said about The Will, characters that are normally made to be antagonists are shown in a way that you sympathize with them. I think the characters were written really well, and I don’t think there’s one that I really disliked (except for maybe Mama Sun). There was an arc that I was less than fond of, but that happens in a latter issue so maybe I shouldn’t mention it.
Silverwolf: Well, you can mention it if you like. I just read the fourth volume about a month ago, so I’m mostly current. I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of piece of the series, really.
Oliveblair: Oh, okay, so you’ve read this. I wasn’t a huge fan of the Gardenia arc, where Alana starts taking Fadeaway. As a plot point, it was necessary to show the main characters making mistakes, but I was just frustrated while I was reading it. I would have thought that as a mother and as a fugitive living in secret, Alana would have been more careful.
Silverwolf: I know what you mean, that was a difficult arc for me as well. I think one of the big points was that both Marko and Alana are still pretty young, and don’t have any real parenting experience. Up until that point, they’d pretty much been on the run nonstop, and it’s clear stress levels are high for both of them. Even so, I agree that a few issues in that arc weren’t quite up to the level of the previous ones, but were obviously still very good.
Now I’ve asked a lot of questions, but do you have any for me regarding Saga?
Oliveblair: Out of curiosity, who’s your favorite character so far?
Silverwolf: I’ll preface this by saying I often have a fondness for gruff, older characters, but I absolutely adore Klara. She’s just so darn gritty, and sassy, and tough, but at the end of the day she’s a loving and supportive mother who only wants what’s best for her family. When there’s trouble, Klara grabs a battleax without a thought and charges forward, even scolding Marko for being cowardly when their lives are on the line. I really love all the aspects of her character, and felt pretty sad when she lost Barr, only to lose Heist a few issues later.
Oliveblair: Wow, that’s so funny because Marko’s parents are my favorites too! I like Gwendolyn and The Brand, but I want to see more of them before I decide, so right now Klara and Barr are on top.
Silverwolf: Definitely, they’re great! Do you have any other questions for me? Or should we wrap things up?
Oliveblair: Just one last question! What made you decide to recommend Saga to me?
Silverwolf: Well, to be honest, of the people I’ve had to recommend comics to so far, you’ve been the toughest. I think part of that is a function of the fact that I’ve known you for a shorter amount of time than both Angeli and Vida, meaning it was harder to gauge your tastes.
With that in mind, however, I tried to think about some of the things I know you do enjoy, for instance a series like Arrow. Furthermore, Saga is a comic that has received a lot of well-deserved hype, and I’ve yet to meet a person who wasn’t fond of it, so it felt like a no-brainer to throw it on the list; it was actually the first one I selected!
Oliveblair: Well, you were right! I was hooked within the first issue, and I can’t wait for the next one to come out! Thank you so much for telling me about this awesome story.
Silverwolf: You’re welcome! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed Saga.
Anyway folks, that’s all the time we have this month. Come back again in 4 weeks or so to check out the next installment of Silverwolf Suggests!
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