Saga Vol 1 by Brian K. Vaughan #BookReview

Title: Saga Vol 1 | Series: Saga | Author: Brian K. Vaughan  | Artist: Fiona Staples  | Publisher: Image Comics | Pub Date: 2012-10-23 | Pages: 160 | ISBN13: 9781607066019 | Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy | Language: English | Triggers: None | Rating: 4 out of 5 | Source: A mooch read whilst having a tea and broccoli and cheddar quiche at B&N.

Saga Vol 1

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.

Book cover for Saga Vol 1

Saga Vol 1 Review

Okay, any time the first two pages of a book manage to elicit a chuckle from me, I’ve got to give it props. And Saga, with its fantastic opening line, definitely managed to do so.

I wasn’t expecting to like Saga. I’d read a lot of good things about it, but 1.) it’s a graphic novel and 2.) it looked more fantasy than anything else. However, right from the beginning, I was happily entranced in the story. Alana is just such the perfect, snarky, strong female character that I was cheering for her almost immediately. She said what she thought, was willing to do anything she needed to do, and still managed to be a loving wife and mother. She’s definitely a character to point to as an example of great female characters in books.

Marko’s soft-hearted ridiculously floofy personality made me roll my eyes at first. However, he and Alana were a great couple. They really did belong together. Marko needs Alana to keep his crap together for him.

In terms of art, I liked the illustrations of Saga quite a lot. (I’m quickly learning I’m very, very picky about the art styles I like.) Fiona Staples has a deft hand for both showing emotion and showcasing the ridiculousness of certain situations.

As for the story itself: It was nice, and the setting was atypical enough that I didn’t mind the star-crossed lovers thing. It was funny, touching, and filled with action.  The story opens with Alana giving birth to their kiddo, and ends on an unexpectedly uncertain note. Vaughan definitely knows how to leave you wanting more without making it feel like he ended on a ridiculous cliffhanger.

I did have problems sometimes while reading Saga. (This can’t just be me, right?) When panels are mismatched sizes, my eye has a tendency to read ‘down’ the page instead of across it. Needless to say, it’s easy to lose track of what’s going on for a moment until I self-correct.

Overall, Saga was a much more enjoyable read than expected, and whilst I’m not going to rush out to buy the next volume, I’ll definitely pick it up if I see it at the local library.

Saga, Vol. 1