Thursday, January 3, 2019

Review: Saga, Vol 1 by: Brian Vaughan & Fiona Staples

Title: Saga, Vol 1 
Author: Brian Vaughan
Artist: Fiona Staples
Publication Date: October 23, 2012
Publisher: Image Comics 
Source: Bought
Format: Paperback
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Science Fiction



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. 






*This graphic novel is intended for the adult audience. Does contain graphic sexual situations, language, and other adult-related themes.* 

So I am a few years late coming to this graphic novel...okay, almost seven years to be exact but better late than never. But I am here and I do have to say that I am sorry to have waited so long to read it. (Note that the other volumes are currently on my shopping list to order). With that being said, this was definitely a little out of my comfort zone when it comes to graphic novels but my interest was hooked from the first few pages. 

Opening with a birthing scene, we are thrown head first into an action-packed, fast paced space opera that follow two characters, Alana and Marko, who determined to be together and raise a child must face adversaries and survive the dangers of the galaxy if they hope to have a future for themselves but most importantly their new baby. 

Alana and Marko's characters can be no better explained than a lovable couple. Most importantly they are relatable. They fight, they have some secrets, but above all else, they love each other. Alana is this strong, leader driven character who is not afraid of taking risks. Marko on the other hand, is this passive fighter (sometimes) who analyzes situations well and like Alana is willing to put his life on the line for his family. 

Like most people probably, I am going to assume here, the story line was beyond weird. But that weird where you can't look away and everything intrigues you. Well except the excessive sex scenes, I could have done a little less without all that. Well, at least all the graphics. however, that did not stop me from powering through the story with sub plots and all. 

Now as we look at secondary characters I am intrigued to learn more about The Will and The Stalk's past (even with the misfortune with The Stalk). There was something there with The Will that wasn't fully developed and for me the part I latched onto was the humility we saw with the sex club scene. I hope we can revisit that location one day and hopefully we leave with a much happier ending. 

Is this a graphic novel I thought I would have enjoyed? No. Is this a graphic novel I will continue? Yes! I need to know what happens next. I need to find out the future of the infant. And I need myself to go and track my order to when the next installments will arrive for me to read. If you are like me and have waited to read this graphic novel because of unsure thoughts and opinions, put them aside and read it. 

I give this 5 souls! 




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