December’s review: Saga (Vol. 1), by Shelley Timms

December’s Review

Saga (Vol. 1), writer Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples

A review by editor Shelley Timms

When I first heard about Saga, there was a lot of hype surrounding it on Goodreads and YouTube. People loved it. And, being someone who wasn’t really into graphic novels, I didn’t quite understand why. I had never read a graphic novel with adults as the target audience, but I was curious to see what everyone was raving about.

Written by award-winning graphic novelist Brian K Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples, Saga follows two galactic soldiers from opposite sides of a never ending war, who ultimately fall in love and bring a child into the world. 

According to Goodreads. “fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.” And boy, is it sexy. Well, sexual. I wouldn’t call a humanoid cockroach with her breasts exposed sexy, but each to their own. There is a lot of gratuitous nudity and sexual content that took me by surprise, but overall the illustrations in this graphic novel are stunning. 

I loved the story line and dialogue in Saga. The characters are diverse, interesting and the science fiction element means each race in the universe is depicted uniquely. The story shifts from lighthearted banter to edge-of-your-seat action seamlessly, and I found myself speeding through the volumes wanting to read more. Each volume concludes with a plot twist or cliff hanger, leaving you desperate for more. It’s easy to see why Vaughan has won so many awards for his work. My Goodreads ratings went between 4 and 5 stars for the volumes I had read, and I am looking forward to falling back into this universe very soon. 

I highly recommend Saga to fans of science fiction, and especially to anyone that hasn’t read a graphic novel before.

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