Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Saga - Graphic Novel Review

Title: Saga
Author: Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Pages: 160
Publication date: October 23rd 2012 by Image Comics
Source: Library, Comics, Graphic Novel
LinkSaga Offical Website




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 (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina) and critically acclaimed artist Fiona Staples (Mystery Society, North 40), 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
As most of you who follow the blog know I read a lot of comics and graphic novels. I have seen Saga floating around the blogospere for a while now and had to get my hands on it. I am glad I gave it a go!



Seriously this graphic novel is quite clever and unique from anything I've read before.  This is not for kids... there is sex, nudity, swearing, murder and mayhem!  The series is about two lovers who are from different worlds (which are at war) who have a baby during this war and try to escape to protect their family.  I love that the two main characters Alana and Marko (who you see on the cover) biker and fight yet just love each other. They fight over the baby's name and that is cute and fun.  At the same time you are reading the main story you also read a side hand written story which is the daughter telling her story as a grown up (I'll keep her name secret for you). I love this whole two stories in one.



This book is very sci-fi.  The art illustrates this in an amazing way.  There is a race of robots that have TVs for heads, a ghost of a teenage girl who died and now has nothing underneath her guts, a few assassins one that has a giant cat for a pet who detects when he is lying. I can't believe there are only 3 volumes out.  I wish there was more (like by the time I started the Fables series there was 17-18 volumes out). 






I really like how Vaughan pulls the readers in and really makes us care about these characters.  Are they going to live???  Where will they go?? What will happen to them??  Of course the series ends in a cliff hanger as well.  We even really get to know the characters who are out to capture the couple.  this includes the Assasan The Will and Robot IV.  We get to know a little background on them as well and you kind of start to care about them too. 

This is an excellent series and I recommend this to everyone.   Be sure to be on the look out for my Comic Adventure posts where I will review the next two volumes of the series. This comic is certainly worth all the hype that it's getting.  The artwork, the story just fabulous!

The crystal ball says:



Sun is shinning!!!  Great day to go outside and read this book.

21 comments:

  1. I'm not a big graphic novel fan, but this series sounds right up my alley! Will have to see if my local bookstore has a copy for me to check out. Thanks for the great review!

    Terri @ Alexia's Books and Such...

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  2. Saga is a graphic novel that everyone seems to be getting into. I am talking about people who never read comics or graphic novels. I have seen reviews on blogs that just love it. I knew I had to give it a go. It really does have an amazing story and I would say is for all types of readers.

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  3. I've heard of this, but i haven't read any of them. That's great you really liked them. Bummer there are only three volumes though!!

    Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.blogspot.com

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  4. I was so excited when I checked my library the other day and found that they have all three volumes. I know what you mean about only three being out, though--I tend to avoid series books just for that very reason unless they're all out and the series is done. Because HOW CAN YOU WAIT FOR THE NEXT ONE?! So glad you enjoyed this one Angie! Can't wait to get my hands on it.

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  5. I just finished volume three last night, and I'm still loving it!

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  6. I've seen this one around everywhere. I've only just had my interest piqued by this one. I'm not sure if I'll read it, but it's on my radar if I ever come across it. Great review!

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  7. I know.. only three. I bet since it so popular there will be sooo many in the future. I kind of wish I didn't start reading it until after there was like 10 out.

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  8. I can't wait to see where the next 2 volumes will go. I find it quite interesting and unique. The artwork was a breath of fresh air too.

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  9. I love how many fans there are for this!! So great that there is so much love.

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  10. I agree... I had heard about this but hadn't like squeezed it in yet because I have so many different series I am reading. But then it was just popping up everywhere and since I do read graphic novels I thought I better go ahead and jump in.

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  11. I'm not a huge graphic novel fan, either, but I may make an exception for these - except I'm waiting until the whole thing is out. The number of series I'm in the middle of already exceeds my patience parameters. ;-)

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  12. Yes yes - these are amazing. I loved every aspect about it, the grit, the humor, the gore! ALL OF IT GIVE ME MORE RIGHT NOW!!!

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  13. I would agree about waiting for the whole series. In comics though that can be years and years and YEARS. I have been experiencing that with the Fable comics though they are about to end soon.

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  14. I love love love Saga. When I go to Comic Con San Diego i am going to try to get to the Saga panel.

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  15. Stephanie TurnerJuly 15, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    I have read the first issue of this series and have been meaning to pick up the graphic. Everyone really likes it... glad you did too :)

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  16. This would probably be the most unique graphic novel I've ever read. Definitely original, and I'm always willing to give that a shot :) I definitely think there is going to be more, it seems like a lot of people in the comments have read it already. Seems like it's reaching a pretty large audience!

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  17. I love that it's reaching a large audience. This might lead more people to join in reading graphic novels. They aren't all Superman and Batman and some people don't even know that.

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  18. I keep thinking I want to check this one out! I have heard it is excellent.

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  19. They are quite unique from any comic book I've read.

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  20. Ooh, this sounds pretty interesting, possibly because it seems amusing and witty and engaging, apart from everything else, but you may have noticed by now that I'm not into dark things and I think this I may find to be a little dark for my tastes. It sounds like the plot is pretty fantastic, though, and I'm glad it's something you've become really passionate about! You did a really great review!

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  21. This is kind of dark actually. It is about war amongst planets and about how people/beings are dealing with it. I have a feeling too it won't get any better till later in the series. I wanted to see the panel at comic con but was so busy I didn't manage to get over to the location to see it.

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