Saga Graphic Novel Series (Vol. 1-5)
Review by Lauren
Source: all copies were read via the library; all opinions are my own
Official Summary of Overall Series: Saga is an epic space opera/fantasy comic book series created by writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples, published monthly by Image Comics. The series is heavily influenced by Star Wars, and based on ideas Vaughan conceived both as a child and as a parent. It depicts two lovers from long-warring extraterrestrial races, Alana and Marko, fleeing authorities from both sides of a galactic war as they struggle to care for their newborn daughter, Hazel, who occasionally narrates the series.
Review: I read the first two volumes of Saga last year but I never reviewed them. Just recently, I read volumes 3-5 and as those are the final volumes for now, I thought it was about time that I shared my thoughts. This review won’t really go into details about the series because 1. it’s a bit hard to explain some things and 2. I really don’t want to ruin or spoil the series for you!
Now, I can say that this is an adult series. There is sex, there is blood, there is bad language. Because it’s a graphic novel, you also get illustrations to go along with it. This doesn’t bother me, but if you’re worried, try skimming some pages at the library/bookstore. As for the actual story, it’s pretty simple. Alana and Marko are like Romeo and Juliet – except they are running away from both of their planet/moon’s authorities as to not be killed or imprisoned. They should be enemies, not lovers. But alas, they fell in love and had baby Hazel.
There are other characters who journey with our duo, as well as plenty of other characters who are involved or after the couple for one reason or another. Yeah, kind of confusing right? I promise, me explaining more would not make it better. However, that doesn’t mean the books are confusing. If you’re intrigued, you should definitely check them out!
I love how attached you become to these characters and how you want them to survive! There are plenty of characters who have both good and bad in them, or are on the side of the villains, yet are not that evil. People are mixed, even Alana and Marko. Nobody is perfect and despite all the crazy events and the worlds they visit, these characters make it all seem realistic.