Review: Saga (Vols 1-4) – Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

saga review

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. 

Rating: 4.5/5

Yes, I know I’m late to the party, okay? But I could never afford to buy the graphic novels – although I was curious from the extracts I’d seen – and then I discovered them at my new local library. And promptly devoured four volumes in two days. I have the next few on reserve.

The verdict? THESE ARE AWESOME. I love the plot, I love the art, I love the story arcs and I love character developments. I mean, I could end the review right here and now.

Star-crossed lovers is a hella fun trope, but it sets in place a wild adventure for our protagonists Marko and Alana, along with their newborn daughter, Hazel. In the first volume, they’re pursued by the armies of both their countries, as well as a series of private contractors, relatives and monsters of all kind. Amidst all the chaos of survival are small moments of peace, as the new parents revel in their grown family. There are also unlikely allies to help them out along the way.

In subsequent volumes, we learn more about the supporting cast – indeed, I’ve become really invested in their future arcs just as much as those of our main protagonists. There’s action, romance, comedy, politics and epic sci-fi shenanigans. What I’ve read so far has a perfect balance of all the necessary elements, and I’m so impatient to get my greedy hands on the next volumes.

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