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->This is an original fantasy book with no superheroes, two non-white leads and an opening chapter featuring graphic robot sex. I thought we might be cancelled by our third issue.
--> -- [[http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=40449 Brian K. Vaughan]]

An intergalactic ongoing series from Creator/BrianKVaughan and Fiona Staples described as RomeoAndJuliet [[XMeetsY meets]] StarWars [[XMeetsY meets]] GameOfThrones.

Far off in space, the large planet of Landfall is populated by people sporting (slightly functional) wings of various kinds. The moon of Landfall is called Wreath and is populated by people with various kinds of animal horns. The two races have been waging war for so long that the fight between the 'wings and horns' is just a fact of life. The wings have advanced technology while the horns wield magic -- making the whole thing just a little more complicated and brutal.

The actual plot starts when a POW Wreath soldier named Marko gets into a relationship with his guard, Alana. They then escape, breaking out of jail and deserting, respectively, and get married. While hiding out on another planet called Cleave, Alana gives birth to a halfbreed child possessing both wings and horns that they name Hazel. As the new parents rush to escape Cleave alive both factions become aware of the union and seek to kill the parents and possess their child.

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!!''[=Saga=]'' contains examples of:

* ActualPacifist: Marko is strictly bound to a code of nonviolence and keeps his ancestral sword chained to its scabbard. [[spoiler: He briefly breaks off from this belief to defend his family, though he still doesn't actually kill anyone. He returns to his oath and sacrifices his sword to power the rocketship.]]
** Also D. Oswald Heist, who is even more committed to his ideals than Marko.
* TheAlcoholic: D. Oswald Heist is never seen without a glass or a bottle in his hand.
* AntiVillain: Prince Robot IV and The Will.
* AlienBlood: People of the Robot Kingdom ''of course'' have bright blue blood. They're {{Blue Blood}}s, too.
* ArmCannon: Prince Robot IV has one that seems to morph out of his hand. Another Robot (Baron, specifically) also sported one, and a third, a Countess, sports a BladeBelowTheShoulder, so it seems {{Shapeshifter Weapon}}s are standard parts for the Kingdom.
* {{Badass}}: The series is a [[WorldOfBadass Worlds of Badass]] which is [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], since they're all living during wartime.
** ActionDad[=/=]ActionMom: Marko and Alana for Hazel. Barr and Klara for Marko.
** ActionPet: The Lying Cat.
** BadassAdorable: Izabel, who manages to scare off The Stalk.
** BadassCape: The Will has one.
** BadassNormal: The Will seems to be the only straight human among the cast, but still completely kicks ass.
** BadassFamily: Marko, Barr and Klara.
** BadassPacifist: Marko.
** BattleCouple: Alana and Marko, and Marko's parents, Barr and Klara. The Will and The Stalk seem to have been one in the past.
** HeartbrokenBadass: The Will after [[spoiler: The Stalk is killed after a misunderstanding with Prince Robot IV's people]].
* BeardOfSorrow: Marko grows one after [[spoiler: his father dies.]]
* BelligerentSexualTension: The Will and The Stalk. The Will denies it, but Lying Cat knows better.
* BerserkButton: Alana getting shot is what sets off Marko's rampage against a squad of Landfall soldiers in issue 6. He doesn't stop until she steps in.
** Prince Robot IV, whenever anyone threatens his wife or unborn child or makes light of the horrific experiences he and others suffered at Threshold None. During a brief interrogation with a belligerent Wreathen [=PoW=], his facial-screen goes into static and he almost puts the prisoner through a steel bulkhead.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: Marko's one of the nicest characters on the series thus far. He's sworn a vow of pacifism. If something drives him to [[UnstoppableRage break that vow...]]
* BiTheWay: Gwendolyn.
* {{Bifauxnen}}: The Brand.
* BilingualBonus: Cleave's Blue moonspeak? Esperanto.
* BuffySpeak: Shows up from time to time.
* {{Cephalothorax}}: The attendants on Sextillion are giant human heads with human legs wearing fishnets. It's...gross.
* CoolShip: The trees of the Rocketship Forest are spacecraft. Granted you can't drive it, just ride it (it is, however, open to suggestions, if it likes you).
* CuteGhostGirl: Izabel, although her dangling entrails are a bit creepy.
* DistaffCounterpart: The Brand resembles The Will a great deal - a presumably-human Freelancer with an animal sidekick and a weird moral framework. Even their outfits, when considered as a whole, are the same ensemble (long and flowing outer garment over white shirt, crooked belt with holster and pouches, archaic-seeming weapon, loose pants, distinctive shoes) composed using different elements. The Brand especially makes the similarity kind of eerie when wearing a helmet a lot like the mask on The Will's cape. It stops being so odd when you discover [[spoiler:that they're siblings]].
* DirtyCoward: By the standards of their respective factions, both Alana and Marko. Alana was demoted to guard duty after a listed case of "abject cowardice" in her first battle. Marko surrendered while claiming to be a conscientious objector. In reality, they tend to be far braver protecting things they care about. They just don't much care about the war.
* EldritchAbomination: The newborn Timesuck, an "astrologic super predator." The Will saw one take out a whole armada.
* TheEmpath: Slave Girl seems to have some latent powers; she was able to trace where Marko and Alana are based on their wedding rings, which were forged with Gwen's pendant.
--> "Excuse me, but your necklace sounds ''sad''...Her necklace misses its old friends. It can finally ''hear'' them again, both of them, not far from here.
* EvenEvilHasStandards:
** When The Will [[YourHeadASplode kills]] [[spoiler: an alien child sex trafficker]]. Hazel notes in her narration that he's a monster, but some monsters are worse than others.
** The government of Wreath may have hired assassins to hunt down and kill Alana and Marko, but they made sure to specify that [[InfantImmortality Hazel is not to be harmed]], and even The Stalk has to back down and mutter "Damn, bitch," to herself when [[spoiler:Alana herself holds Hazel at gunpoint just to keep The Stalk away]]. Landfall and Prince Robot IV however, [[WouldHurtAChild not so much.]]
* {{Expy}}:
** Visually at least, Izabel appears to be modelled on [[{{ComicBook/Runaways}} Princess Powerful]].
** Marko and Alana both visually resemble and have a similar relationship to [[ComicBook/YTheLastMan Yorick and 355]].
** And this isn't the first time we've seen a family of [[RiceBoy robots with computer screens showing metaphorical representations of emotions for faces]].
* {{Fangirl}}: Alana is one for a [[MillsAndBoonProse Mills and Boon]]-style romance novelist.
* FantasticRacism: The folks of Landfall and Wreath sure do hate the heck out of each other. Prince Robot IV even notes that the whole war has been going on for so long it's now just self-perpetuating: lacking in purpose beyond avenging the latest development in itself.
* FantasticSlur: "Moony" is a very common one for the people of Wreath. "Goat-head" is another one. People from Landfall get various unflattering nouns after the word "feathered", and Alana gets called a "housefly". The Robot Kingdom has "machine head" and "blueblood" - although the latter is literal and might just be an inoffensive nickname.
* FirstEpisodeSpoiler: The first issue makes it clear that Hazel will survive the series, [[spoiler: her narration suggests that at least ''one'' of her parents ''might not.'']]
* FourthWallPsych: One issue opens with a full-page spread of a [[{{Fanservice}} shirtless Marko]] looking straight at the "audience" and saying "Please don't stop reading." The next page reveals that he's talking to Alana, whose reading her romance novel aloud to him.
* GenkiGirl:
** Izabel is pretty excitable and pleasant for a ghost of a kid who stood on a landmine.
** Prince Robot IV's attaché during his trip to the prison complex is jarringly enthusiastic about everything.
** The mouse medic who treated Prince Robot IV at Threshold None is also cheery, frank and talkative - even mildly flirtatious - [[spoiler:until she dies graphically and gruesomely in a gas-attack because no one bothered to give her a mask]].
* GreyAndGreyMorality: Prince Robot IV's wife feels the war is, at this point, a battle of two fairly "good" groups, since neither side has either the moral high or low ground.
* GunSafety: 'You took a firearm?! Are you insane?! Do you have any idea how what the statistics are for parents who keep one of those in [the home]?!' Note this is before said parents even ''have'' a home. Or a life expectancy.
* HalfBreedDiscrimination: Both the higher-ups on Landfall and Wreath are specifically concerned over Hazel's existence, but in terms that imply utter disgust.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Barr saves the life of his family with a difficult magic spell, knowing full well that his ailing heart probably can't take the strain. He was, sadly, correct]].
* HeteronormativeCrusader: [[spoiler:Doff and Upsher]] come from a planet that has institutionalized homophobia, forcing them to go offworld in order to remain together.
* HornedHumanoid: Marko and the other inhabitants of Wreath. Hazel has them too - in addition to wings.
* ImagineSpot: The Will [[spoiler: dreams that The Stalk survived being shot, and that they go to Sextillion to save Sophie.]]
* InspectorJavert: Prince Robot IV.
* InterspeciesRomance: Marko and Alana.
* IntrepidReporter: Doff and Upsher, a couple of tabloid reporters who are following the rumors of Hazel's birth because more respectable sources dismiss it entirely and assume it's all rumors. Despite their tabloid journalist status, they manage to score interviews with Alana's old commander (who's in the middle of an active war zone) and [[SmugSnake Special Agent Gale]] (who, naturally, denies the rumors entirely).
* KilledOffForReal:
** [[spoiler: The Stalk in Issue 5]].
** [[spoiler: Barr, Marko's father, in Issue 11]].
** [[spoiler: D. Oswald Heist, the cycloptic author, in Issue 17]].
* TheLadette: Alana, though she's not currently able to drink or have sex due first to being pregnant (later recovering from delivery) and then nursing.
* LastMinuteBabyNaming: Alana and Marko decide on Hazel's name after noting that her eyes aren't green (like Alana's) or brown (like Marko's).
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: When spoken, the Wreathen's native language is written in speech bubbles with blue text, implying some kind of accent or -- most commonly -- that they are using magic. When Marko introduces Alana to his parents for the first time, he has to point out that Alana "doesn't know how to speak Blue yet". The in-universe name for the blue text '''is''' Blue! Possibly [[JustifiedTrope justified]]. Since their language is so heavily tied to magic, it is possible that some inherent magic in the language induces a specific form of synesthesia in anyone hearing it, thus making them perceive the spoken language as blue.
* LivingLieDetector: Lying Cat calls out "LYING" if she hears a lie.
* LivingShip: Rocketship Forest is a very, very literal name.
* ALongTimeAgoInAGalaxyFarFarAway: As to hammer the point home, the only ([[HumanAliens apparently]]) straight up humans we've seen are The Will, [[spoiler:Sophie, and The Brand.]]
* LoyalAnimalCompanion[=/=]NonHumanSidekick: The Lying Cat for The Will.
* MagicVersusScience: The people of Landfall use high technology and those of Wreath use magic. They seem pretty evenly matched.
* {{Magitek}}: Very liberally sprinkled throughout each issue thus far.
* MagnumOpusDissonance: An in-universe example. D. Oswald Heist, the author of Alana's favorite book that changed her life, considers it hackwork that he wrote to pay the bills. Subverted in that [[spoiler: he's lying in an effort to mislead IV.]]
* MaleFrontalNudity
* MalignedMixedMarriage: Alana and Marko's relationship. The higher-ups on both sides are ''not'' happy about it, and are outright '''disgusted''' that they've had a child.
* MasculineGirlFeminineBoy: Alana is foul-mouthed, pragmatic and [[BloodKnight trigger happy]]; Marko is nurturing, idealistic and romantic.
** Also applicable to Klara -- a sharp tempered, no-nonsense MamaBear -- and her husband Barr, who is much calmer, level headed and knows his way around a spinning wheel.
* MechanicalLifeforms: Prince Robot IV's people.
* MeddlingParents: Prince Robot IV's father doesn't care that he's trying to start a family and settle down after surviving a hellish campaign. His demanding orders are pretty much the driving force in his son's life.
** Marko's parents, Barr and Klara, arguably.
* MultiArmedAndDangerous: The Stalk.
* MurderInc: The Freelancers, overlapping with WeirdTradeUnion occasionally for comedy. In a lot of ways, they represent a power in and of themselves to equal (or at least be considered in the same breath as) the warring races and their allies, except that they're neutral, accepting contracts from both sides at their own discretion.
* NobleDemon: The Will.
* NobodyPoops: [[AvertedTrope Averted]]. Prince Robot IV is seen on the toilet in issue 5. Note that this is the first page, [[MoodWhiplash while the cover to issue 5 is a royal portrait with the Prince in full regalia]].
* NonhumanHumanoidHybrid: Hazel.
* PapaWolf[=/=]MamaBear: A running theme throughout the entire series.
** Marko [[spoiler:breaks his vow of pacifism and single-handedly ''destroys'' an entire squad of heavily armed, power-armoured Landfall soldiers with his sword alone, defending Hazel and avenging what he thought was Alana's "death".]]
** Alana [[spoiler:makes it very clear she would rather see Hazel dead by her own hand than alive in the hands of monsters.]]
** Prince Robot IV [[spoiler:shoots The Stalk dead the split-second he thinks she's about to pull a weapon. As he does so, a rattle appears on his monitor, implying that his thought process was that he had to be alive to raise his future child at all costs]].
** The Will [[spoiler:in what counts as a PetTheDog moment, is more than prepared to kill dozens of Sextillion gangsters and risk his own death in order to save Slave Girl, who he so far seems to have 'adopted' until he can find her a home.]]
** Marko's parents [[spoiler:''sold their house'' in order to get the magical tools that would allow them to find Marko.]]
** D. Oswald Heist [[spoiler:is an unusual non-violent version. When his son committed suicide as a result of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Heist risked his own career and safety to write a subversive anti-war novel aimed against the two most powerful -- and most dangerous -- powers in the galaxy, the Landfallians and the Wreathens]].
* PlanetaryRomance
* PleasurePlanet: Sextillion.
* PokemonSpeak: The Lying Cat will only say the word "Lying" when somebody near her tells a lie. She will only grunt or grumble if they tell the truth.
* ProfessionalKiller: The Will and The Stalk. The name used in the series is "Freelancers".
* [[PsychoExGirlfriend Psycho Ex-Fiance]]: [[spoiler:At the end of Issue Eight, Gwendolyn looks to be this, but she turns out to be pretty level-headed and at least a little justified in her aggravation. Marko was supposed to marry her when he got back from fighting in the war and used ''her'' engagement ring, part of a specially-forged set, ''which was an heirloom in her family'', as his wedding ring for Alana.]]
* RefugeInVulgarity: Between TVHeadRobot sex and...well, ''everything'' on Sextillion, Vaughan and Staples pack in plenty of gleefully disgusting awfulness.
* TheReveal:
** Issue 12 [[spoiler:is an entire issue dedicated to Prince Robot IV interrogating author D. Oswald Heist about his book and if he knows where Marko, Alana, and Hazel are. Cue the very last page, where Marko, Alana, Hazel, and Klara are all in the very same house as Heist and IV, and have been there for a week]].
** In Issue 15, The Will's visions of [[spoiler:The Stalk]], encouraging him to settle down and start a new life, are actually [[spoiler: a hallucination brought on by parasites in the planet's indigenous flora and fauna that make their hosts ''violently'' want to stay put.]]
* RidiculouslyHumanRobots: Prince Robot IV's entire race. In addition to having sex and bearing children, there's also a case of Prince Robot IV using a toilet. And having erectile dysfunction.
* ScienceFantasy: Let's see: Space Travel, Space Wars, RidiculouslyHumanRobots, Magic, Ghosts...
* ShellShockedVeteran: Prince Robot IV is obviously suffering PTSD after surviving what's implied to be a particularly ugly series of battles at Threshold None; among other things, he's shown dreaming of the time he took a shot to the neck and began bleeding out before he was stabilised by a friendly medic, only to watch the medic disintegrate in front of his face as the attack resumed, leaving him coated in gore. He takes insults to the soldiers who died there ''very personally'' and has no intention of rejoining combat, but may be in denial about how deeply scarred he really is.
* SmallUniverseAfterAll: Alana suggests running away to another galaxy because she heard that draft dodgers have been offered sanctuary.
* SophisticatedAsHell: The Robot Kingdom is modelled after English nobility, so when Prince Robot IV's in a temper he gets to say things like "Now be a dear and ''fuck the fuck off''."
* SpaceOpera
* SpellMyNameWithAThe: Freelancers have names in the format of 'The '. Notable in that "The" is always capitalized and is almost always included ("Good luck, The Will"). Her being called "''The'' Stalk" also gives Marko pause and makes Alana immediately realize she's a Freelancer when they first encounter The Stalk. Other known Freelancers include The Import, The March, The Fluke, and the Brand.
* StunGuns: Alana has a Heartbreaker, a small pistol that isn't lethal, just paralyzing. Marko describes the effect as what it felt like when his dog died, so it seems to not so much stun as overwhelm the target with emotion (sadness, judging by the name and the effect as described), leaving them temporarily incapable of taking any effective action. It's later stated that a shot from it would probably kill Hazel, so presumably there's some kind of physiological effect.
* StylisticSuck: D. Oswald Heist's novel. [[spoiler: May be subverted. While it ''looks'' like a bad novel, it is revealed that the novel actually is a subversion of many tropes tailored to deliver an anti-war message; focusing on a SliceOfLife story between two people who should be monstrous to each other but wind up as lovers.]]
* TalkingAnimal: Lying Cat can possibly speak (or at least say 'Lying'), but at the very least she can understand humanoid speech enough to tell when people aren't being truthful.
* [[spoiler: TimeSkip: At the end of issue 18]]
* TranslatorMicrobes: Marko and Alana have rings that were enchanted with a translator spell. Gwendolyn has a pendant that does the same thing. They're actually a matched set.
* TVHeadRobot:
** Prince Robot IV, disturbingly enough. The screen is usually blank but it sometimes displays what he's thinking/talking about, who he's talking to, or something related to what he sees. When he's overly emotional it shows random, vaguely appropriate images.
** Due to a misunderstanding between Comixology and Apple, issue #12 was initially not available for purchase through the [=iTunes=] stores because of this. Prince Robot IV has a flashback to a time he got shot in battle and his face monitor is covered for several panels with pictures of pornography, presumably as a robot way of dropping a ClusterFBomb.
*** [[spoiler: Later shown to be a kind of {{near death experience}}-cum-sex fantasy.]]
* {{Ubermensch}}: [[MeaningfulName The Will.]] His personal moral code apparently [[spoiler: condones killing children in the line of duty, but ''not'' the sexual abuse of them for any reason, by anyone.]] He even tells [[spoiler:Mama Sun]] if she'd have to ''ask'' about the difference, she's too far gone to understand it.
* UnstoppableRage: Marko in issue 5 after Alana takes a shot to the shoulder from a winged soldier.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: The series is littered with it! There's Prince Robot IV's people, the Robot Kingdom, who are metallic humanoids with [=TVs=] for heads; The Stalk, a chalk-white woman with eight red eyes whose bare humanoid torso is armless while her spider-like lower body has eight limbs with opposable clawed thumbs; the [[UncannyValley unnerving]] and [[FanDisservice distinctly nonsexy]] inhabitants of Sextillion; and on, and on, and on...
* VaporWear: Alana has nothing under her coat, since she needs to be able to feed Hazel at a moment's notice.
* WarIsHell: And for more reasons than just the obvious. The front lines are exactly as horrifying as you'd expect in a galaxy where one side wields roughly modern weapons and the other inventively deadly magic. But both sides realised at some point that they couldn't continue the war on their home turf - destroying Wreath ''or'' Landfall would see its opposing celestial body hurled out of orbit and destroyed too. In order to continue the conflict, they outsourced it, effectively dragging every other world into their fight. There are conscripts and enlisted soldiers who just want to finish their service and go home, risking and losing their lives (some only there for the entitlements offered soldiers, like tertiary scholarships); planets whose whole native populations have been wiped out, and nobody knows or cares which side it was; refugees in camps where they're kidnapped by or sold to sex/slave traffickers; thinning resources; orphans, widows and widowers not just from violence but also from mentally-shattered or mutilated veterans committing suicide. It goes on and on. You could sum up Izabel with the trope name: the ghost of a teenage girl, parents rebelling against both occupying forces but personally uninterested in fighting, who stood on a landmine and found herself stuck defending her planet in death. Her people were wiped out anyway, and she doesn't even know who was responsible.
* WasTooHardOnHim: Barr regrets not having been a better father to Marko. [[WellDoneDadGuy Marko]], however, seems to have fond memories of his dad from being a kid.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: [[spoiler:The Stalk.]]
* WingedHumanoid: Alana; it's a characteristic of Landfall natives. Hazel has them too.
* WizardsFromOuterSpace: Marko. Well, all of the Wreathens.

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