An intergalactic ongoing series from Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples described as Romeo and JulietmeetsStar WarsmeetsGame of Thrones.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. 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.Needs Wiki Magic Love
Saga contains examples of:
Actual Pacifist: Marko is strictly bound to a code of nonviolence and keeps his ancestral sword chained to its scabbard. 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.
Berserk Button: 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. During a brief interrogation with a belligerent Wreathen Po W, a — frankly psychotic — image appears on his screen, and he almost puts theprisoner through a steel bulkhead.
Dirty Coward: 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.
The Empath: Slave Girl seems to have some latent powers as 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.
When The Will kills an alien child sex trafficker. Hazel notes in the narrations that he's a monster, but he does have that shred of decency.
The government of Wreath may have hired assassins to hunt down and kill Alana and Marko, but they made sure to specify that Hazel is not to be harmed, and even The Stalk has to back down and mutter "Damn, bitch" to herself when Alana herself holds Hazel at gunpoint just to keep The Stalk away. Landfall and Prince Robot IV however, not so much.
Fantastic Racism: 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.
First Episode Spoiler: The first issue makes it clear that Hazel will survive the series, her narration suggests that at least one of her parents won't.
Fourth Wall Psych: One issue opens with a full-page spread of a shirtless Marko looking straight at the "audience" and saying "Please don't stop reading." The next page reveals that he's talking to Alana.
Izabel is pretty excitable and pleasant for a ghost of half a person.
Prince Robot IV's attache during his trip to the prison complex is jarringly enthusiastic about everything.
Grey and Grey Morality: 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.
Gun Safety, '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.
Half-Breed Discrimination: Both the higher-ups on Landfall and Wreath are specifically concerned over Hazel's existence, but in terms that imply utter disgust.
Heroic Sacrifice: 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.
The Lad-ette: Alana, though she's not currently able to drink or screw due to first being pregnant and then nursing.
Lampshade Hanging: An interesting one that almost qualifies as Breaking the Fourth Wall. 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 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.
Prince Robot IV's father doesn't care that he's trying to start a family and settle down. His demanding orders are pretty much the driving force in his son's life.
Marko's parents, Barr and Klara, arguably.
Missing Episode: Apple refused to make issue #12 available on its devices due to two tiny panels of homosexual sex, despite never having a problem with the series' very mature content before. Vaughan naturally had a field day with shaming them over this.
Papa Wolf: A running theme throughout the entire series.
Marko breaks his vow of pacifism and single-handedly destroys an entire squad of heavily armed, power armoured Landfall soldiers with just his sword when he thinks that Alana has been killed and Hazel threatened by them.
Prince Robot IV shoots The Stalk to death 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 in what counts as a Pet the Dog 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.
D. Oswald Heist 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 Landfall and the Wreathens.
Psycho Ex-Fiance: At the end of Issue Eight, Gwendolyn looks to be this. Slightly justified in Marko was supposed to marry her when he got back from fighting in the war and used her engagement ring as his wedding ring for Alana.
The Reveal: Issue 12 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.
Ridiculously Human Robots: 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.
Spell My Name with a "The": Freelancers have names in the format of 'The <Word>'. 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.
Stun Guns: 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. However, it's later stated that a shot from it would probably kill Hazel, so presumably there's some kind of physical effect.
May be subverted. while it looks like a bad novel, it is revealed that the novel actually is a subversion of many tropes that choses instead to focus on a Slice of Life story as a way to deliver an anti-war message.
Talking Animal: 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.
Translator Microbes: Marko and Alana have rings that were enchanted with a translator spell, Gwendolyn has a pendant that does the same thing.
Prince Robot IV, disturbingly enough. The screen is usually blank but it sometimes displays things he needs to show people. 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 Cluster F-Bomb.
Übermensch: The Will. His personal moral code apparently condones killing children in the line of duty, but not the sexual abuse of them for any reason, by anyone. He even tells Mama Sun if she'd have to ask about the difference, she's too far gone to understand it.
Unstoppable Rage: Marko in issue 5 after Alana takes a shot to the shoulder from a winged soldier.
Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The series is littered with it! There's Prince Robot IV's people, who are humanoids with TV's for heads, The Stalk, the inhabitants of Sextillion, among others.
Vapor Wear: Alana has nothing under her coat, justified since she needs to be able to feed Hazel at a moment's notice.
Was Too Hard on Him: Barr regrets not having been a better father to Marko. Marko, however, seems to have fond memories of his dad from being a kid.