Comic books, unlike music or movies, have the dual responsibility of telling a story through both graphic art and visual text. Every page is lined with with the artist's vision accompanied with text meant to both describe and narrate. Speech bubbles and narration boxes are the standard in driving forth the plot in our favorite stories.
Saga, a space opera created by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, take this concept to a new level. For those unfamiliar with the popular Image comic, it is a science fiction tale that embodies romance and tragedy of Shakespearean proportions. We all know of the conflict of the Montagues and Capulets. Saga introduces readers to the struggles between the Landfallians and settlers of Wreath. These two societies are constantly at war, but two of their citizens miraculously find love and start a family.
The beings of Wreath have a native language with the fourth-wall meta name of "Blue". This language is used both for speech and using magic. Blue is presented in, you guessed it, blue text. What makes these language special is that it is written in an obscure real-world language known as Esperanto. This language was created in the late 1800s and was used to make international communication easier. To the common English reader, this language looks familiar to Romance languages such as Portuguese or Italian.
This is an incredibly creative approach to storytelling. Both the characters and the readers suffer from the race's language barrier. At the same time, the language is familiar enough for readers to pick up on the gist of the conversation. This element adds a new depth to the comic reading experience. Readers are further pulled into the story as they are immersed into the language and culture of the two warring races.