Graphic Novel Review: Saga Volume 1 by Brian Vaughan

Title: Saga – Volume 1
Author: Brian K. Vaughan
Art by: Fiona Staples
Published: 2012
Genre: Graphic Novel

Synopsis: 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.

My Rating: Red-StarRed-StarRed-StarRed-StarRed-Star

I will admit, this is my first graphic novel. Sure, I’ve seen comics before, didn’t I read those Betty and Veronica ones that were saturated with positive female friendships (insert heavy dose of sarcasm)? This is the first time that I’ve enjoyed an adult comic and it was such a good one to start with. Admittedly, I had a solid source. My friend, an avid comic reader, was affronted that I had never even heard of this and he showed up the next day with the first volume of Saga, asking me to treat it gently. It took me perhaps 2 hours to read this and I loved it from beginning to end.

The characters are rich and compelling, the dialogue is spot-on and the art is equal parts disturbing and amazing or perhaps it’s amazing because it’s so disturbing. Either way, you can already tell how complex and rich this world is. Filled with strange and beautiful creatures, having even more colorful cultures and asking the reader to expand their belief, it’s done so elegantly that it hardly takes effort. I lapped it up and cannot wait to get my hands on the next volume. If you’re like me, hesitant to delve into this genre, please do it. It’s absolutely worth it.


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