Comic Review: Saga Volume 1 - Brian K. Vaughan

Release Date: October 23rd 2012
Published By: Image Comics
Pages: 160
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Rating: 5 out of 5

Synopsis: 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 New York Times bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan and critically acclaimed artist Fiona Staples, 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.

This specially priced volume collects the first six issues of the smash-hit series The Onion A.V. Club calls “the emotional epic Hollywood wishes it could make.”

Collects Saga issues #1-6.

Review: Saga is absolutely brilliant. Think of it as a sci-fi version of Romeo and Juliet. Star crossed lovers from two different (waring) planets.

Basically, it’s about a horned guy named Marcus who is a prisoner on a planet, and a chick with wings named Alana who was his prison guard. They both come from different planets, and their people are at war. Marcus and Alana fall in love and give birth to baby Hazel, and when the people from their respective planets find out, they’re on the run in an attempt to save their lives and Hazel’s.

The thing that makes Saga so heartwarming and charming is the fact that even though the characters are species from another planet, they are so human at their core. The way they interact with each other is so real and so close to how we interact with one another in real life that it wasn’t like reading a comic, it was like reading a transcript between two of your friends. The humour is so good and the emotions are so real and raw. The characters have depth and are complex.

You form this beautiful bond with the characters so early on, and you really care about them and become quite protective of them. I know personally, I didn’t want anyone to harm them, and so when they had to start running for their lives, you’re automatically gunning for them.

The sci-fi element to this book cannot be ignored. There are all kinds of species from planets in this book, including a prince with a TV for a head, a giant spider who is a bounty hunter, and another bounty hunter that has a giant truth telling cat. There are unique and bizare characters throughout, and I have to admit that even for someone like me who doesn’t like sci-fi - I really got into it and embraced the characters without too much question.

This series should be noted that it is not for children. There are a lot of sex scenes in this book, and in my opinion they aren’t placed there unnecessarily, they do aid in the telling of the story - but just beware that if you’re young or sensitive to that kind of visual that maybe this isn’t the book for you. I do like to warn where possible!

That being said though, this comic is absolutely incredible with a beautiful storyline and a gorgeous illustrations and colour palette. I loved the greens and the blues throughout this book and the illustrator Fiona Staples did a beautiful job with this book and she should be commended for her work in this series.




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