3. Saga (Image Comics)
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Fiona Staples
One of the comic book genres that often gets ignored is the space opera. Sure, there are titles like Guardians of the Galaxy and Green Lantern Corps, but they usually fall into the same trappings as most other mainstream books by getting sucked into crossovers and team-up story-lines with other superheroes.
Thankfully, Brian K. Vaughan’s Saga came along earlier in the year and completely reimagined what the genre can be. Along with the phenomenal art by Fiona Staples, Vaughan’s Saga is the story of a pair of star-crossed lovers from two warring species who are hunted down after they have a child together.
Featuring some clean and elemental storytelling, Saga is more about character interactions and relationships than spaceships and laser pistols. Vaughan’s characters are all genuine in their personalities, and it’s hard not to find something or someone to relate to here. The love between Alana and Marko is one of the best things going in comics right now; it’s a relationship that's easy to invest in because of how honest it feels.
Saga is a mash-up of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and Romeo and Juliet, but there's enough originality at work that it never seems like Vaughan or Staples are simply copying and pasting plots and designs. Our advice: Go out and buy this book now before the inevitable movie version comes out and bastardizes everything we love about it.