by Brian K. Vaughan
Illustrated by Fiona Staples
Published on October 23, 2012 by Image Comics
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Science Fiction
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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.
When I first asked for graphic novel recommendations, a ton of people recommended Saga so I figured that if that many people love it, I HAVE to read it. So I requested as many volumes as I could from my university library and binged the first volume.
Let’s start with the more obvious artwork. I loved the full-color style that brought this very strange world to life. And I promise that I am SO not exaggerating when I call this world, this whole novel, weird. I opened it at work the one day (I work in a library, mind you) and everyone around me gave me the strangest looks then started flipping through to see if the artwork got stranger (spoiler alert: it did). A war is raging. Some of the people have wings, some have horns. There are. . . well I’m not actually sure what to call them but they have female heads and and no torso. A robot-thing who’s royalty and has a TV for a head. You get the picture. And yet it all just. . . works. Maybe because of how this fusion of fantasy and sci-fi is portrayed, my mind started accepting the strangeness of it all.
But beneath it all there is a story of love and hope. A couple, forbidden to be together by their respective people, are on the run with their newborn baby just trying to escape and give her a better life. This comes through all the other stuff happening in the world as each storyline comes back to this family. I loved how Alana was so strong and more of the tough one, a solider through and through. She’s the lioness protecting her cub and anyone who dares to cross her is in for a rude awakening. On the opposite end is Marko who’s calmer, peaceful. They really embody the whole “opposites attract” deal.
This first volume introduces the couple as they’re on the run, just trying to escape the planet and find somewhere safe to raise their baby girl. You meet a number of other characters including the freelancer, The Will (yes that’s what he goes by) and his lying cat, hired to hunt the couple. While on the other end you have that robot prince I mentioned before working for another group also on the hunt. There’s a lot of action and fighting but just as much humor and a good bit of sexual content as well to bring this story to life from the very beginning.
Now I should mention that this is definitely an adult graphic novel and does contain content that may not be suited to young readers. Saga, Vol. 1 is downright weird and certainly an unusual (but well done) merging of genres, and I’m looking forward to reading the next few volumes!