Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and drawn by Fiona Staples is a graphic novel I’ve been hearing about for a long time and comes up pretty much whenever I say that I should really start reading comics, what’s a good speculative fic one to start with? I’m so glad I finally got on this band wagon! In hindsight I should really have requested more from the library all at once, but you know how these things go ;-).
Note: This is my first time reviewing a graphic novel, bear with me!
Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples (Saga #1)
Published by Image Comics on Oct. 23rd, 2012
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Sci-fi
Page Length: 160 pages
How I got my copy: Borrowed
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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.
- Obviously I haven’t read many comics (cough, any, cough), but Saga seemed like a really unique world to this newb! Unless graphic novels tend to be way more extreme than non-graphic novels, Saga is filled with a crazy imaginative mix of fantasy and sci-fi elements and I can’t wait to find out every detail about this galaxy.
- The cover of Saga, Volume 1 really tells you all you need to know about Alana: she’s not afraid to breast-feed with one hand and carry her gun in the other. She is a kick-ass mother who would really like people to leave her alone so she can raise her kid in peace, but if that’s not an option, she’ll deal with you. You don’t see a lot of mother heroines in speculative fiction, so it was great to get to know Alana.
- The art of Saga is gorgeous. A lot of the reason that I was hesitant to get into comics is that a lot of the artistic styles just don’t appeal to me and I’m not a fan of black-and-white art generally. Saga is full color and of a style that I really love. There are a lot of images that would make amazing wall art, I’m just saying.
- This first volume is basically non-stop action right from the start. This poor kid does not have an easy start in life, but you will have no problem reading through the whole first volume in an afternoon, so don’t make the same mistake I did: get multiple volumes at once!
- Saga has some really freaking strong language. I swear a lot (you wouldn’t know from the blog, I know, but trust me, in person I’m a sailor), but Saga had language that even made me cringe a bit. Pretty much no cuss word is off limits, so be prepared.
- I was honestly not expecting Saga to be quite so creepy. If you have a fear of spiders, be prepared. The spider and the ghost are a toss up for me which I wanted to hide from most….
- Again, I was not expecting the amount of graphic violence and graphic sex and implied underage sex slaves. And since it’s a graphic novel, emphasis on the graphic part…. Maybe don’t plan to read this in public or around children?
Saga is a great introduction to speculative graphic novels as long as you’re okay with R-rated content and a lot of it. I’m really excited to continue discovering these worlds and find out more about the various species that occupy them. A lot is set up in Volume 1 that will keep you hooked as you crave answers ;-). Just get all the volumes you can at once to spare yourself pain.
What speculative graphic novels should I read next??? I need your recommendations!
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
Saga, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
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