Saga: Volume One by Brian K. Vaughan · Fiona Staples – Comic Book Review

Saga: Volume One by Brian K. Vaughan · Fiona Staples - comic book cover

“Am I shitting? It feels like I’m shitting!”

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples’ comic series “Saga” begins with these remarkeble words, right in the midst of a childbirth, and if you gather from all this that MAYBE shocking you is the goal, you’re not entirely wrong… But of course, this is the 21st century, hello, who doesn’t give a FUCK? who doesn’t give a good goddamn?

However, I wouldn’t particularly recommend this work to the prudish, as this is not the ONLY case. For example, since you see dangling male genitalia several times, you also visit a brothel planet where you stumble upon an orgy. Then there’s a character with more legs than arms and more eyes than ears – and you might start to doubt yourself whether is it possible that you’re aberrant a bit when you think that this beautiful creature is very sexy?

But yes, it’s very possible!

Moreover, she goes through all her scenes in a monokini. So, if you didn’t know what arachnophilia is, now you definitely will!

And that’s not even the point.

The point is, there is the largest planet in the universe, and it has a moon, and they are at war with each other. To avoid destroying their own celestial bodies, they OUTSOURCE the war to ALL other planets. This is, of course, nonsense because it would be enough if they didn’t go near each other, and that’s it, but other than that, almost everything is fine in the comic series “Saga.”

The two main characters on opposing sides fall in love (one has wings and is SUSPECTED to be a huge slut, the other one is a conscientious objector with horns on his head and a cool little magic sword). They have a child, and from now on, the three of them are against the world(s).

On these worlds, you encounter a tremendous brainstorm of ideas: from screen-headed noblemen to ghost-babysitters, spaceships that are bred in the forest, EVERYTHING is there like in an amusement park. As if they mixed The Fifth Element with Star Wars, Harry Potter, and a trophy catalog, but just to be safe, they threw in a bit of Lone Wolf and Cub.

If you really wanted to nitpick about the work, you would find very few handles: You know since Once upon a time that every spell has a price, but this price shouldn’t be any random stupidity. Oh, and the part set on Sextillion is slightly out of character.

But otherwise, it’s adorable.

8.5/10 (85%)

Saga: Volume One by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
160 pages, Paperback
Published in 2012 by Image Comics

(Saga: Volume One collects Saga #1-6.)

Doctor Strange (2016) – Film – Review

Doctor Strange (2016)

As we know, Marvel movies are like theme parks. Well, this work is no exception to this rule: colorful, dazzling, but still somewhat too simple.

The good Doctor Strange is forced to change his course due to a traffic accident (it can’t be emphasized enough: DON’T USE YOUR PHONE WHILE DRIVING!). A cool surgeon turns into a sorcerer.

Too bad that in the meantime, he doesn’t really win our sympathy, as he’s NOT A VERY PLEASANT personality. Thus, we watch his progress at the wizarding school with little interest – learning this profession (we know well from Harry Potter) can take several long years… Except, darn it, if you have a photographic memory because then you can learn Aramaic, Hottentot, and another 5 dead languages in 3 weeks, usually used to write spells.

Let’s not even talk about the evil enemy, Kruelcilius! Let’s just hint at his motivations: Imagine participating in a conference call, or, uh, Skype, with Hitler, Comrade Stalin, Mao Zedong, and Timur Lenk charmingly smiling at you, saying, “Hey, buddy, we’ve got a killer offer here that will make the world a much better place.” And you responding like, “okay, gotcha.”

Tilda Swinton in Doctor Strange screenshot

So, everything is too fast, superhuman in scale, and UNBELIEVABLE. That’s why you can’t take the whole thing seriously.

The only truly good thing in the movie is Tilda Swinton, the mother of the wizards. I dig his shiny noggin!

6/10

Doctor Strange (2016), action, adventure, fantasy (IMDb)
Director: Scott Derrickson, Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams

Unfortunately, the name Timur Timurovich reminded me of a joke that’s about a thousand years old, and for those under 50, it might not mean much, but well, here it goes:

Mashenka is walking in the forest when a whispering voice comes from a bush:
Mashenka, drop your panties!

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