Published by Image Comics, Saga is a monthly comic book from writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, Dr. Strange: The Oath) and illustrator Fiona Staples. It tells the story of the early years of our young narrator, Hazel. Hazel’s mother is a former guard at a military prison. Her father was once a prisoner. Their two races have been at the forefront of a Galactic War that has raged on for longer than anyone can remember. Regardless, the two fell in love, escaped, married one another, and had a child. Now they’ve been discovered and are trying to escape the planet, Cleave.
This review is of the first volume trade paperback collection of issues 1-6. I could make it really short.
So in addition to it being Star Wars Day, May the 4th was also Free Comic Book Day, a day designed to get folks out to their Local Comic Book Store (LCBS for the nerdier among us) and get free stuff. The major publishers put out a few reprints, and the odd original work. The LCBSes usually run all sorts of sales to catch the wallets of the patrons like bottom trawlers. Every year I swear I’m not going in, because I hate crowds, and I always buy something I probably don’t need. Every year I end up there anyway.
Finding this series was one of those fated moments. I was only in the LCBS because my brother wanted to see what sales they had on their used video games. After torturing him and his wallet by drawing his attention to two normally overpriced ATLUS titles, I headed over to the longboxes to avoid making a $40+ purchase myself.
Now, Dr. Strange is a character I’ve always been interested in, but never enough to seek out a title where he’s the head-liner. I hadn’t even heard of this series before I saw it in the longbox that day. What caught my eye under his name, though, was the name of one of my favourite writers working in comics today, Brian K. Vaughan. I haven’t read his entire body of work yet, but I haven’t come across a title written by him that I haven’t enjoyed. At $1 an issue, the trawlers had caught my wallet once again.
Writer Brian K. Vaughan and penciller Marcos Martin’s Dr. Strange: The Oath is a 5 issue limited series from 2006, featuring Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme as he attempts to find a mystical cure for his cancer-ridden Apprentice/Butler/Manservant, Wong. Along the way, they meet the Night Nurse, a young doctor who has made a name for herself by running an exclusive after hours clinic to patch up costumed vigilantes. The trio track down a mysterious thief who has stolen Wong’s one chance for survival.