Monday, June 22, 2015

Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples

Amazon / B&N / Goodreads

Illustrator: Fiona Staples
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication Date: October 10, 2012
Age Rating: Adult
Collects Issues #1-6 
Source: Purchased from Amazon

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 universe. 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 world. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.  (Synopsis courtesy of Goodreads)

I love Saga more with every page I read. The characters, the world, the story - they all grasp you from the very beginning and make it impossible to put the book down. Let's not forget about the illustrations, because they are completely gorgeous and bring the whole thing to life. I really can't say enough good things about it, and I hope after you read this review you head over to Amazon, B&N, Image Comics, or wherever you buy your books and pick this up.

The story revolves around two soldiers, Marko and Alana, who are deeply and madly in love with each other. The beginning starts with the birth of their new little baby, Hazel; of course, things are bound to go wrong when you're in the midst of a huge war and matters are further complicated by the fact that Alana and Marko are supposed to be enemies. Think Romeo and Juliet, only these two are far more entertaining. I enjoy the back and forth between them; Alana is so feisty and Marko is so practical. They make quite the pair, going from humorous to making me go "Awwww." In honor of them, here are a couple of my favorite quotes.

Alana (to Marko, while giving birth to Hazel): Seriously, you'll never have sex with me again if I defecate all over you. Unless you're secretly into that. Please don't be into that.
Marko: Just tell me a secret!
Alana: What? Why?
Marko: Because spells require ingredients, and this one needs a secret. Something you've never shared with anyone.
Alana: I'm...not as tall as I tell people?
Marko: Do you seriously need me to define what a secret is?!
Alana: Just tell me you weren't lying when you said I'm the hottest chick you've ever slept with.
Marko: I swear! Gwendolyn may have been tall, but her hips were boyish, not womanly like yours.
Alana: You know, for a pacifist, you sure beg to get stabbed a lot.

There are so many priceless moments, but you'll have to buy Volume 1 to see the rest. Plus, the illustrations, as I said before, are amazing and just as important as the story. All of the characters are extremely interesting, and it's impossible not to love them. Even the despicable ones were painted in a light that made them so human and relatable. None more so than The Will, an assassin for hire whose job is to hunt down Marko and Alana. Sounds terrible right? Things aren't that black and white in this universe, and while I wanted to hate him, several scenes made me look at him differently. I won't elaborate, because spoilers.

I like how Saga also touches on some serious issues. For example, war and the casualties that come as a result; not just soldiers lose their lives, but innocents as well. In this case, the war is between the planet of Landfall and its only moon, Wreath. Destroy one and the other will perish as well, so they took the fighting to other planets. We meet some of the victims of this bloodshed, children in fact. While on the surface it seems kind of lighthearted, if you really think about it, it's horrifying. It's not like this doesn't happen in our own world every day. As our sometimes-narrator Hazel says at one point, she was one of the lucky ones; she got to grow up because she had two parents to protect her.

I have already read Saga Volume 2 and Volume 3, and I can tell you they are just as amazing as Volume 1. I am enchanted by the visuals, the story, the characters. Everything. Even if you aren't into comics, even if you have never picked up a graphic novel in your life, now is the time. I promise you will love every moment of this book.


  1. I am definitely going to be reading Saga whenever I can. So many people read it and love it! The story and characters sound so cool and I can already see the images are done well. Thanks for the recommendation!

    Check out my review and giveaway:

  2. Everybody is talking about this series. It definitely sounds like something I should read.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. Definitely. You won't regret it. I just finished Volume 4; Volume 5 doesn't come out until September (I believe). It's so hard to wait, such a great story.