Thursday, December 1, 2016

Book Review: Saga Vol. 1




Saga by Brian K. Vaughan is amazing. Overall this is an extremely gripping graphic novel about a newlywed cross alien lovers that have a baby that is a mix of both of them. It is a science fiction, fantasy, with a bit of space thrown in there. I enjoyed the artwork and color palette they choice. As well as the original world, story, and race created. I will give one warning that this is a "GRAPHIC" graphic novel. 

Fair warning this will be an extremely long review because I have a lot of things that I enjoyed. I really want to express my entire range of feelings. I hope you read the whole thing. I will try and bring some structure by breaking the review down in sections. 


The Plot: 

The story begins with a female character giving birth. Not just anywhere, in a dirty garage with her new husband while they are on the run from the law. 

The main characters Marko and Alana, are from different alien races. Unfortunately we quickly learn that their people are at a war that has spanned decades. They are in an illegal marriage and completely in love. They were brave enough to take a risk and get married and have a baby together. 

Their child is is completely desired by both groups. We are not told why, but I am sure in other volumes we will find out. They need to get of the planet. They need to save their family and get to safe ground. 

The plot was pretty entertaining although it felt rushed and sometimes lacking at points. That might be because it is the first volume. 

The Characters: 

This graphic novel centers around two main characters. As mentioned above they are Marko and Alana. They were a fun and spunky couple that I could see being together in real life. There are a few other characters that are introduced as well. 


1) Alana:  She is a  beautiful, bold, and sexy character. She is very much a feminist with dragonfly wings and wonderful hair. 

2) Marko: He is definitely a character you want to fan girl over. He has sticking features that include a sharp jaw line and cute horns of some kind. 

3) Royal Robots: This bothered me in a few ways. These were weird humanoid television people. I just didn't understand them while the other characters were human and animal hybrids. I disliked the sex scene that they are in. 

The Art : 

This graphic novel is so beautiful and stunning. The cover with Alana breastfeeding is wonderful and shatters the stereotypes. The colors are amazing and bright. They are just beyond belief. 

Warning: 

This is a MATURE novel. It has graphic violence as we as very graphic sexual content. There are breasts, man parts,  and other lady parts. As well as death, organs coming out of bodies, heads chopped in half. 

Over all I loved this graphic novel. Can't wait to continue. 

Goodreads Description: 


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. 








About the Author and Illustrator: 

Born in Cleveland in 1976, Brian K. Vaughan is the Eisner, Harvey, and Shuster Award-winning writer and co-creator of the critically acclaimed comics series Y: The Last Man, Runaways, and Ex Machina (picked as one of the ten best works of fiction of 2005 by Entertainment Weekly). 

Recently named "Writer of the Year" by Wizard Magazine, and one of the “top ten comic writers of all time” by Comic Book Resources, Vaughan’s work has been featured and/or reviewed in countless mainstream media outlets, including The New York Times, MTV, National Public Radio, and feminist magazine Bust, which photographed him for their “Men We Love” issue (don’t ask).

As an undergraduate film student at New York University, Vaughan got his big break as part of Marvel’s Stanhattan Project, a workshop for aspiring comic book writers. In the ten years since, he has written nearly all of the major DC and Marvel characters, everyone from Batman to the X-Men.




Fiona Staples is a Canadian comic book artist known for her work on books such as North 40, DV8: Gods and Monsters, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents and Saga. She has been cited as one of the best female artists working in the industry, and one of the best artists overall.  


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