Sunday, June 16, 2013

Graphic Novel Review: Saga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Illustrator)

Release Date: October 23, 2012
Published by: Image Comics
Issues: #1 - 6
Source: Purchased through Amazon

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 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 worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults. 

This specially priced volume collects the first six issues of the smash-hit series The Onion A.V. Club calls "the emotional epic Hollywood wishes it could make."

An imaginative, action-packed story that is part science fiction, part fantasy, and all entertainment.

Everything about the first volume in the Saga series was easy to enjoy. Like Alana and Marko's forbidden relationship and their attempts to keep their child safe during a time of war. And the free lance mercenaries hired to take care of the potential problem that these star-crossed lovers may cause. Also, the visual appeal of the planet's creatures and landscapes and characters like the Robot Prince, the Stalk, and the Lying Cat.
Although the story mainly follows Alana and Marko's attempts to find a means of escape from the planet Cleave before they're killed, their daughter often narrates and it's apparent that this is just as much her story as it is theirs. 

Saga is a series that is definitely deserving of all the hype. But I must warn you, graphic language and strong sexual content appear throughout the story. If that's not an issue for you and you're a fan of science fiction, fantasy, and epic storytelling, then Saga is a must-read.



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