Graphic Novel Review: Saga, Vol. 1

I continue my 5 star streak. I can hardly believe it!


Saga Volume One by Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Fiona Staples (Artist)
Graphic Novel
Released October 2012
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When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. 

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults. 


My Thoughts:

Why do I always wait so long to read the best things and instead read so many of the not-so-great things? Saga Volume 1 is one of the best things. The artwork is beautiful, the dialogue is snarky, the characters are stunningly gorgeous and it is jam packed with action, blood-shed and weird imagery. There is nothing not to love here in this beautifully unhinged space opera. Nothing!

Marko and Alana are warriors who are not supposed to be together. They are from different worlds that are at war with one another. Alana was supposed to be guarding Marko but instead they fell in love and ran off together. The story opens as Alana’s giving birth to their daughter who narrates the story. It’s gory and it’s earthy and super funny. The two species shouldn’t be able to breed but together they create a bewinged, behorned beautiful baby girl and their enemies want her baaaad and pay some frightful freelancers to track them down.

The artwork is something else. There is a freelancer who is absolutely terrifying. I wish I had never seen what she hides beneath her voluminous skirt because I cannot get that image out of my head. And the lying cat is a thing of beauty. Who wouldn’t want to have such a beast as a companion?! But it’s the writing that makes it all work. The characters, even the villains, all have their own POV and little story vignettes on their journey to capture our young lovers and they aren’t completely horrible people. I love that. Alana and Marko’s back and forth is another of the great things about this installment. Alana is by far the stronger personality of the two, while he’s pretty sweet natured and easy going and together they’re so damn perfect it almost makes me weep.

I just bought volume 2 brand spanking new immediately after finishing this one and moments after I said I would buy no more physical books until I finished up a few. Yeah, maybe that lying cat wouldn’t be such a good idea for me after all. . .

Look, There's A Whole Bunch More!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17131869-saga-vol-2https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19358975-saga-vol-3https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23093367-saga-vol-4https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25451555-saga-vol-5https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28862528-saga-vol-6
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/29237211-saga-vol-7https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/34963526-saga-vol-8

Have you guys read this series? How much do you it?!

Comments

  1. I've read all of these up to the newest and I'm just waiting for my library to get it in. I think a few in the middle - maybe #3 and #4 get a tad bit weaker but I believe they've all been 4/5 and 5/5 reads for me. Wait until you meet Mr. Dragon and all his glorious private parts (glorious to him, yes, to me, downright scary!)

    I also want a Lying Cat which is saying a lot because you know I'm a dog person!

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    1. Hee, hee I cannot wait to meet Mr. Dragon :)

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  2. yay that's awesome! may all the 5-star rain on you! I need to read more graphic novels!

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  3. I hate to admit this but the 'private parts' got me! Now I have to check out this series!

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  4. I'm so behind on Saga, I think I'm up through Vol. 4? And Lying Cat is awesome. :)

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  5. Ok. I don't read graphic novels but I keep seeing how everyone loves this series. I may have to see if I can get my hands on a copy at the library.

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    1. It's got it all. Romance, suspense, action. I think you'll like it too :)

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  6. I've read four of them, I think. I've only read that far because that's what my library has. I probably would have plowed through them all.

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  7. I just finished the first one and YASSSSS to all of this. I'm new to GN's and get confused easily but this was so engaging and easy to follow.

    Now I'm nervous about the lying cat. I wanted one but you are giving me a sense of foreboding lol

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    1. It was so perfect, wasn't it? As much as I would adore a lying cat to ferret out the liars around me, I wouldn't want the lying cat calling me out about my false "no buying" book promises :)

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  8. Agreed! Saga is such a great series, and it's the writing that really makes it work, the way all the characters are so fleshed out, but of course the art is gorgeous too. But you're right, prob none of us bookworms should have Lying Cats because they'd constantly call us out when we talk about all the books we're going to read or how we're going to stop buying books or downloading free ones... lol.

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    1. Honestly right? I make false promises to myself all the time. That cat would get annoying very quickly, I think :)

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