REVIEW: Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

REVIEW: Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona StaplesSaga, Volume 1 (Saga #1-6) by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Illustrator)
Published by Image Comics (2012), eBook, 160pg
Filed under: Action, Adult, Adventure, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Romance, Sci-fi
Got my copy from: Bought
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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 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 is another one of those series that everybody’s been telling me to read because of how amazing it is. And it is pretty darned amazing!

The first thing that struck me about Saga was the art. omg, so pretty. It’s bright and shiny, but not in an overly cartoon-y way. It’s stylish!

I love the way the characters look like futuristic mixes of scifi and fantasy, too. Which, considering they live in a universe where science and magic are at war with each other, totally makes sense. There is a robot prince with a head like a TV screen!! So cool!

The next thing I noticed was the writing style, which seemed very familiar all throughout the book. It’s kind of grandiose, but not in an annoying way. Like Joss Wedon at his best, I suppose? Turns out it was so familiar because I’d actually read (most of) a different BKV series, Y, the Last Man, another series full of heroes and feelings and grandiose-but-not-in-an-annoying-way writing.

Saga avoids the ridiculous dialogue and iffy characterizations of the last BKV series I reviewed, Runaways. Saga is BKV coming into his full power. It’s lovely writing, with great pacing and interesting world-building.

Aliens and magic and babies! Yay!

Read: June 8, 2014

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8 Comments

  1. YES. I was kind of disappointed in RUNAWAYS because it wasn’t SAGA, but it’s also a much earlier work. He’s in his prime here, and Fiona Staples’ art is perfect.

  2. I just got into Saga and I love it! I’ve got a subscription for it! Once Vol. 4 comes out I’ll grab that too so I can have hard copies in my hand! :)

  3. Isn’t the art gorgeous? I want to hug Fiona Staples and read everything she ever illustrates. I love how beautiful and detailed and strange she makes all the characters. I basically just love everything about this comic except for A RECENT PLOT DEVELOPMENT I AM ANGRY ABOUT but am willing to forgive if it is swiftly corrected and never spoken of again.

    • I LOVE IT SO MUCH. Fiona Staples and David Aja are now two of my favorite comic book artists.

      (I also really liked Annie Wu’s issues in Hawkeye! There are so many stylish comics nowadays. Love!)

  4. This makes me so happy that you liked this. I am a huge fan of the series and after reading the first two collected volumes I could not stand waiting and subscribed to the digital editions of the individual issues. I’m not sorry at all. Now I have to wait a month between issues and even that’s too long.

    I read the first story arc of Runaways and it was fun but I abandoned it partway through the first issue of the second arc.

    ps: I am insanely jealous of Alana’s hair.

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