Book Review: Saga, Volume 1

imageSaga, Volume 1
Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Fiona Staples (Artist)
Series: Saga
Published: 2012, Image Comics
Genres: Graphic Novel – Fantasy
Pages: 160
Format: Paperback
Source: Bought

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.

My Thoughts

I’ve heard so many good things about this graphic novel, and I really wanted to see what the fuss was about. I’ve never really liked graphic novels, but I just haven’t given them a chance. This year it was part of my yearly goals to try a few and see if I do actually like them…

The first chapter of this was strange. It made me question myself: could I really get into this? Well, by the end of chapter 1, I knew that the answer was yes, yes I will! Oh, I loved it! Saga is a really weird and a pretty crazy story. Our two main characters are both soldiers from different sides, and of course they are in love. There’s gonna be a lot of action and a lot of fighting, which, you may know from the sort of books I read, is not generally my thing. So why did I actually buy this book? I saw lots of reviews, I saw the illustrations (which you can see more of below!) and I just couldn’t resist.

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This was a quick read, as I imagine most graphic novels are, and I flew through it. Mainly because I just couldn’t put it down. I thought the two main characters were interesting, and I loved seeing them interact together and with the people surrounding. It’s weird because there isn’t much text yet you still get so much story and information, and that’s odd for me! I’m used to wordy books! There was sort of a dual narration too. We had the actual conversation and story text, but then the child acted as a ‘proper’ narrator, adding context in certain parts. I really liked that. I gave this 4/5 on Goodreads, but I would give 4.5 if I could!

Do I want to try more graphic novels? Certainly! I’ll be buying the rest of these soon enough (when I can afford to!) and I can’t wait to see what happens next. Anyone have any other recommendations for me?