Release Date: July 2, 2013
Published by: Image Comics
Source: Provided by Netgalley
The smash-hit ongoing epic continues! Thanks to her star-crossed parents Marko and Alana, newborn baby Hazel has already survived lethal assassins, rampaging armies, and alien monstrosities, but in the cold vastness of outer space, the little girl encounters something truly frightening: her grandparents!
This is such a bizarre series! But it's also comical and heartwarming and incredibly entertaining.
The creatures were more freakish and grotesque than before, which I didn't think was possible. One in particular, a completely nude giant that bellows FARD!, was especially over the top and I was torn between being amused and genuinely disgusted. But part of what draws me to this series is the weirdness and shock value and there is plenty of both.
While the overall story arc remains the same with Alana and her family on the run in an attempt to evade those who want them killed, there are several new developments that take place. One of those being the introduction of Marko's parents. They appear at the end of the first volume and this is where the story immediately picks up. They're shocked to learn that Marko has a child..especially one with the enemy. But they don't have long to dwell on their anger and resentment because Marko and his mother quickly depart on a mission to bring back the recently banished Izabel.
There is also the introduction of Marko's former fiance, Gwendolyn. She's a pissed off ex who is determined to hunt down Marko and his family and I can't wait to see what happens when she comes face-to-face with Alana. And on a side note, I adore the way she is drawn. She looks fantastic.
We're also given more backstory between Marko and Alana and are shown how they first met. This was a much-needed part of the story, something I actually expected to see in the first volume, and I was glad that it was included this time around. I absolutely love their characters and can't get enough of them, especially Alana with her fiery and unapologetic attitude.
Overall, this wasn't the 5 star read that Volume 1 was, but it was still a solid installment in the series and I'm already anxious for more.
Sci-fi and fantasy fans who love action-packed stories should read Vaughan's Saga series. But only if you don't mind crude language, sexual content and a lot of violence.