Friday, 23 June 2017

Graphic Novel Review: Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan


Saga, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, Illustrated by Fiona Staples
Series: Saga #1
Genre: Graphic Novel | Fantasy
Length: 160 pages
Published on 23rd October 2012 by Image Comics
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Waterstones | WhSmith
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Copy bought for myself.

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 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.

Collecting: Saga 1-6

Saga came to me very highly recommended and since finishing it I have also recommended it to others.

I'm also very glad I had 2 volumes in when I started Saga as I would've been really sad not being able to continue it. (Yes that does mean a review for volume 2 will appear in the near future).

Anyway back to volume 1: What I liked most about it is that the story is told like a memoir from the point of view of the character - Hazel - who is actually a newborn in this volume. I think that works really well as it allows for the story to jump in time well (So far we've had two main times before her birth and shortly after - the meeting of her parents, and then whilst they try to get Hazel to safety). 

To help provide views on Hazel's story from different perspectives we also have a few sections where The Will tells his story as he is hired to capture Hazel and eliminate - yes kill - her parents.

You see Hazels birth is super important and super not allowed.

Her parents are from different species from a world and moon that have been at war with one another for years and years.

Her parents were born and raised to become soldiers. To fight the enemy. To fight each other.

But instead these two fall in love.

Aww.

Anyway once their people find out the truth about their disappearances they're none too please and that is why our story exists.

I love this story so far, its a great introduction to the world and characters - particularly The Stalk. I love that the characters from Wreath have their own language - its not used often - so you have to guess what they're saying from their posture and the following scenes. 

It works really well and I highly recommend it to all.

However please keep in mind this not for young readers as it features a lot of sex, a brothel planet, mentions sexual abuse of a minor on said planet, killing, and bad language.
5 stars / 5 stars

I've already continued this series and I plan on sticking with it.

3 comments:

  1. This series is so popular! too bad I'm not into manga/anime but from what everyone is saying, this does sound awesome. Is there an anime adaptation?

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    1. Its just a graphic novel, not related to anime or manga so no, no adaption as of yet but it really wouldnt surprise me if it did get one in the future!

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  2. Love this review! I definitely plan on picking this up at some point!

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