Author: Brian K. Vaughan
Illustrator: Fiona Staples
Format: Graphic novels (originally individual comics) published by Image Comics
Genre: Science-Fiction/Space opera/Fantasy
Synopsis: There is a war between 2 extraterrestrial races and our 2 main characters are both in enemy clan. They fall in love and have a baby, after what they must run from the authorities who are looking for them to kill their offspring which they consider to be really dangerous to the whole politic scheme of the war.
Characters: There are 2 main sets of characters, the family itself and theirs pursuants. The family includes Alana, the badass mother, Marko, the soldier now pacifist, Hazel, their daughter who’s just a newborn in the beginning of the story but who narrates parts of the story from the future, Izabel, a ghost entities they encountered in the first volume who became Hazel’s babysitter, and Klara, Marko’s mother who joined them in the very end of volume 2. The pursuants include a Robot prince, a bunch of freelancer killers, the main one having a sidekick, a “lying” cat who can tell when people aren’t telling the truth, Marko’s ex girlfriend who’s out for revenge…
Characters in graphic novels or comic books often lack depth and development because most of the sequences are focused on action, but this series gives us multidimensional characters. You even get sad if a “bad” guy dies because the story is such a perfect combination with all of its components.
Plot: I can’t describe the specifics without giving away spoilers, but I can only tell you that it is action packed. I am not a big sci-fi enthusiast, but this series provided me with a whole range of reactions and emotions and got me hooked pretty fast. There is also a lot of humor (specially coming from Alana, the female lead). I would highly suggest it to almost anyone. A fair warning though: this an Adult series and it contains graphic images, reference to sex and some curse words. Nothing vulgar in my opinion, but it may not be suited to younger readers.
There are more volumes to come as this series is ongoing, and you can purchase the individual comics, published monthly, on Image Comics website for the really fair price of 2,99$.