The very first Comic Odeon was a great success! The nights topic was Saga, written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples. It’s a great book so far and both and writing and the art come together to make something extraordinary! Image

Below are some of the questions and thoughts that came out our meeting, in between eating cheese and crackers, drinking orange soda, and eating popcorn.

  • One of the first and foremost interesting things about Saga is the family unit. All of the main characters assemble some kind of family structure. Elana, Marko, and Hazel form one family unit; The Will, Gwendolyn, and Sophie create the nuclear family unit; Klara, Barr, and Marko form a family unity; and Prince Robot IV, his wife, and his soon-to-be-newborn form a family unit.
  • An interesting thing to note about Saga is the portrayal of the “human” characters versus the Robot Kingdom’s noble family, especially in regards to sex. With the Robot Kingdom, it’s mostly all money shots and perfection much like a typical pornographic movie. Contrast that with the two main characters passionate sex scene; it’s ugly, sweaty, and really sexy. It’s also not graphic, but beautiful especially when contrasted with the Prince’s various flashbacks to money shots of sex, regardless of gender or sexuality. This strikes home the idea that the Robot Kingdom has no clue what it means to be human.
  • The violence isn’t gratuitous and it’s pretty believable, which is really refreshing. It’s the kind of violence you expect to see in fairy tales and *not* a crazy intergalactic war-opera.
  • Almost everyone in attendance was drawn to Saga first by the artwork of Fiona Staples. She has this great way of nodding to some classic pulp Fantasy and Science Fiction illustrators and you can tell that she is having a lot of fun illustrating it!

In the end, Saga is an interesting story about family, war, and power. The three main groups of characters each have their own child whether it’s not even born, newly born, or a 6-year old adopted girl. The book may not be for everyone, but it is a great example of the power of storytelling that the comic book medium can yield. The violence isn’t heavy handed, the sex has purpose and isn’t fan fair, there are several clever nods to various folklore and fairy tales, and it leaves enough to the imagination to theory-craft the hell out of it.

Do you wish you could attend the Comic Odeon and have something to say about Saga? Below are some jumping off questions that you can answer in your comments, or just sound off below!

  1. What brought Saga into your life?
  2. What is a standout moment for you?
  3. What do you like least about Saga?
  4. I’ve heard some people say that Sextillion changes to provide moral challenges for the characters who enter it. What do you think?
  5. Do you think Prince Robot, IV has any morals at all?

The Comic Odeon will be back in November with a new comic on the table! Stay tuned!

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