Review: Saga (volume 1-4) by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

volume 1-4 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Published by: Image Comics
on March 1st 2012
Pages: ?
Genres: Graphic Novel,  Adult, FantasyScience Fiction, Romance
Buy: Amazon | Book Depository (volume 1)
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Star Wars-style action collides with Game of Thrones-esque drama in this original sci-fi/fantasy epic for mature readers, as new parents Marko and Alana risk everything to raise their child amidst a never-ending galactic war.
– Goodreads

I’ll be reviewing all the volumes that are out this far, which is four. The fifth one comes out on September 15h, you can pre-order it here

In this sci-fi/fantasy series we meet Marko and Alana, lovers from different species from different sides of the war in a Romeo and Juliet-like situation. Alana is from the large planet Landfall and Marko from the moon Wreath, which is heavily oppressed by Landfall’s people. Alana and Marko met when Alana was assigned to be Marko’s prison guard, but instead they ended up eloping and having a child, causing major outrage. Drama ensues.

 I’m really enjoying these, they’re so intriguing, the characters are complex, and the artwork is stunning and sometimes really creepy. The Stalk, a human/spider woman with boobs and no arms and four sets of red eyes comes to mind as a character that both intrigues and freaks me out. There’s the ghost of a teenage girl that’s just a floating upper body with her guts spilling out (she’s really nice though), there are giant naked cats called Lying Cats that know when you’re lying (I love them), and then there’s the robot people, with humanoid bodies but television heads. I have now seen a royal robot person give birth, that was… new.  

Speaking of the robot people, that’s an interesting plotline in the story. The Robot Kingdom is on Landfall’s side in the war, and Prince Robot IV is assigned to recapture Marko while his pregnant wife waits for him at home. In volume 4 something dramatic happens and I’m so excited to know what’s going to happen in volume 5 based on the very last page. If you’ve read it you know what I’m talking about. I’m so here for that type of plot development.

Out of the characters I really love Alana, Gwendolyn (Marko’s ex), Lying Cat, and Izabel (the teenage ghost). I pretty much like them all but these all stand out. I also love the gay tabloid journalists, Upsher and Doff, I want more of them. I really love how diverse the cast of characters is. It’s wonderful. 

Alana and Marko’s relationship is something I really like too. They argue, they bicker, they have ups and downs, but they love each other. Their banter is really funny too, I found myself chuckling several times. In volume 4 they start having more serious relationship problems, and while it’s heartbreaking it feels very realistic. 

I have to say that it’s got a lot of adult content, so it’s not for the younger audience. Or, it can be if you don’t mind that sort of thing, I’m not going to tell you what you can’t read, that’s lame. But it doesn’t shy away from nudity, swearing, sex, or violence. I like that though, it keeps it raw and real.

I don’t really know what else to say about this, other than I really like it. I gave the four volumes the total 4/5 starts because… I don’t know. The first volume I gave 3.5 because it was more like a pilot, it set everything up for the rest of the series. The other volumes range between 4 and 4.5. 

Have you or are you going to read Saga? What do you think? 

10 thoughts on “Review: Saga (volume 1-4) by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

  1. cwreads says:

    Oh gosh, I need to get my hands on 2 – 4 because I loved Saga #1. It’s the sort of comic that hits you in the face and is like, ‘Hey I’m here? You need me in your life?’ And you DO.

    Aren’t Marko and Alana such a breath of fresh air? I loved their cute but crude dialogue. I think a lot of authors don’t realize that banter is what really sells when it comes to couples. I think the writers for Saga, as you say, do a great job at making it realistic too.

    Okay, your review has convinced me to reserve the subsequent issues. Hgnhh so excited. 😀


    • Anette says:

      The banter is one of my favorite parts about it, it’s so funny 😀 Glad I convinced you, I hope you enjoy them! I found them at the library so I just snatched them all with me, I don’t know when they’ll take in the fifth one >_<

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  2. Genea says:

    I’ve had this as a to read but I keep putting off, no more. I love your review, the things you talked about, the diverse and unusual characters, was what made me interested in the first place. Your review also made me laugh. Especially the part where you describe the ghost with her guts spilling out and then say you like her though, didn’t expect that. Saga sounds even cooler than I expected. Getting it asap, thanks for your review. Started following you.

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    • Anette says:

      That’s really nice to hear! The diverse characters is really one of the really high points for me about this series. I hope you enjoy reading it, I’ll be on the look-out for you opinions on it. (And the ghost is really great, she’s adorable really, guts and all.)

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