Brian K Vaughan Creates New Saga In Comic Book Form
You’ve heard of Brian K Vaughan, right? He brought us some awesome comic book stories like: Y: The Last Man, Pride of Baghdad, and Ex Machina. Then he deserted us and wrote for some little television show called Lost. Now, after almost a year since Ex Machina’s final issue hit the comic-book stands, he’s poised for a return to the medium that gave him his start, where he “learned the ropes” of being a great story-teller, and where, if you ask him nicely, he’ll tell you his true love for writing resides.
Back in July of 2011, Comics Alliance posted a story and teaser artwork for Brian K. Vaughan’s upcoming book Saga. He revealed at the 2011 Comic-Con that he was working on this creator-owned ongoing series with Fiona Staples. Since then he decided to sit down with Comic Book Resources and talk up this new project. With Saga, Vaughan has created a science fiction epic that follows two soldiers on different sides of an intergalactic war who fall in love and must now fight to raise a child together in a war torn universe. Think Star Wars meets A Game Of Thrones.
Vaughan says of the book: “You’ll get a nice mixture of some bounty hunters, monsters and all sorts of lovely threats.” I imagine you will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy either, right? Instead of caution, though, I’m sure I’ll jump right into this series, which is set to begin as a double issue, full of 44-pages, and no ads – and at only $2.99 USD. Not only that, but BKV himself is promising that if you don’t like the book, he’ll buy it back from you, even going so far as to include his personal address in the future letters column for this purpose.
Vaughan says, “I think people are going to love it so much they’ll want to forever tarnish their flesh with bad tattoos of our characters.” Saga is “set in an epic, vast sci-fi universe, but this is really a story about a family, and it’s inspired by my own experience having kids.” Although, he added, this family has “horns and wings and things.” As any fan of Vaughan’s work knows, he can create an allegorical fable that is pure sci-fi, yet hints at the world we live in. With constant conflict and multiple ongoing wars going on in our world right now, it’s no wonder that Vaughan chose to tell this particular story.
Brian is being coy with the details on the story, because he wants to keep some surprises for fans who have been waiting for him to return to the medium. The universe that he’s created, though, is one that he’s been imagining since he was a kid. The series has locales that are designed around certain regions of Earth, but also different historical periods, as well as the sci-fi elements that will be familiar to fans of Star Wars and other sci-fi epics.
For these reasons, and many more, I’m going to be getting this when it drops on March 14. I’m sure it will sit alongside all the other great stories from this awesome creator and storyteller. Here’s hoping that Brian K Vaughan’s Saga goes down as one more book that I can pass onto non-comics readers (those people still exist?) to demonstrate how diverse the medium can be.