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Saturday, October 27, 2012

{Review} SAGA, VOL 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

SAGA

Volume #1
by Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Fiona Staples
Publication Date: October 23, 2012
Publisher: Image Comics
Pages/Format: 160; Paperback
Source: Netgalley

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 specially priced volume collects the first six issues of the smash-hit series The Onion A.V. Club calls "the emotional epic Hollywood wishes it could make."
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REVIEW

Saga, Volume 1 is a collection of the first six stories in the Saga series. Brian K. Vaughan’s brilliant storytelling, backed up by the bold artistry of Fiona Staples, offers adult readers an entertaining and impressive graphic novel. As the drama unfolds, Vaughan’s fans will come to appreciate the depth of the plot and the well-rounded characters that take us on a journey bursting with unexpected twists and outcomes.

Alana and Marko’s story feels like it could have been adapted from a hardcore, science-fiction version of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. Alana and Marko are each from the opposing sides in an outrageous war that’s expanded across the universe. Saga opens with the birth of their mixed-breed daughter; with wings from her mother and horns from her father. Aside from the opening scenes, the story is already taking a direction that show how far from ordinary it’ll be. The narration sounds like it might be a third person omniscient point of view from someone with no ties to the main characters, but in reality, the narration is that of someone who is right in the middle of all the action. Hazel tells us the story of her birth and guides readers through the history of Alana and Marko’s world. It was quite a surprise to recognize who the speaker is, but she bridges the story’s subplots together so that the end result is smooth and tinged with chilling forewarning.

An enormous reason why Saga drags you in and keeps you reading is because Vaughan creates a versatile dialogue. The dialogue captures each character’s personality well, whether they fall along the lines of sarcastic, hateful, or pleasant. The illustrations were drawn with no limits so you never know what you might see next, but even Staples captures the danger, the tense moments, and character reactions impeccably. The characters’ body language is very well in sync with their thoughts that sometimes you may not even need thought bubbles to get the sense of their next move.

Saga is a story strictly written with an adult audience in mind. The language, the nude scenes and how the violence is depicted do not make for a story suitable for teens and younger. I thought the violence was slightly icky because you actually see the effect of someone being struck and afterwards when they’re fatally injured, but it didn’t completely turn me off from the story itself. I wouldn’t recommend Saga to the more reserved readers or those who are relatively squeamish.

Saga continues soon in Saga #7, and I’m so eager to see what awaits Alana and Marko. Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples have created a dynamic series that will definitely come as a surprise and entertaining treat to readers!
*eGalley provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

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