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Art, nudity, and the graphic novel (Saga)

Saga, Book One by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

Saga, the graphic novelThis graphic novel is about people with wings that originate from a planet called Landfall and people with horns on its moon Wreath, and the war that goes on between them.  The war is “outsourced” to other planets, and each one picks a side, so a galaxy-wide war has been going on for who knows how long.

It’s narrated by a woman who is telling the story of her parents, star-crossed lovers from opposing sides of the war, and she implies early on that they are going to die so we are constantly expecting them to do just that.

The variety of characters include people with horns and wings along with humanoid animals, centaurs, and robots that look human except for television screens for heads.  These are robots that use toilets and have babies, mind you.

Saga, The Stalk
The Stalk from Saga

The originality of this book is extreme, and it’s for reasons like this that graphic novels deserve to be billed as full-on literary and artistic accomplishments, and judged from a non-biased viewpoint even though they have “pictures”. 

Can you get more original than this?  (Image on right.)  You don’t want to see what’s under her skirt.

The copious nudity is oftentimes sexy and even beautiful.  It is art after all and in my view, nothing to be ashamed of or avoided.  The raunchiness on some of the pages of Saga is simply another wonder to behold.  And I have to say, it’s a pretty ballsy move putting a boob on the front cover of Saga, Book Onethe book version (with a suckling baby).  With all the amazing images to pick from, I don’t know if I would have picked that one for the cover, but it is rather sweet.

More about Saga in the next post.


More detail for Dark Tower fans

Stephen King’s The Dark Tower

Graphic Novel: The Gunslinger Born (Marvel Comics)

(con’t from the last post)

The graphic novel makes some, mostly minor, changes to the story of The Dark Tower.

The Gunslinger BornWhen Roland is brought into his mother’s chambers by Marten in the graphic novel, she is naked and has that “freshly fucked” look. Then Marten beats her as Roland is still within earshot.

In the novels she is not naked, but is still humiliated and later beaten by Marten.

The storyline is the same though: Marten did that specifically to provoke Roland into challenging Cort early, in order to get his gunslinger title and obtain the guns (at left) so he could kill Marten, thinking he might fail.

It’s simply adding more detail to the story we already know if we have read The Dark Tower series. The Gunslinger Born

But the beauty of the illustrations gives more than just story details, it gives a sense of wonder and romanticism to the land of Gilead (at right).  King did an amazing job on the books, but there is no way to match graphic novels when it comes to literary visualization. 

I will review the later chapters of The Gunslinger Born as the scenes come up in later Dark Tower books.