Review: Saga, Volumes 1-6

Series: Saga, Volume 1-6
Authors: Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples
Edition: Paperback
Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Graphic Novels
Published: various dates

Rating: See below for an individual rating

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.

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, 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.

I am ta-ta over this ongoing series! This caught my attention when I saw few of Booktubers that I followed raving all over this series. I told my boyfriend that I wanted to read this series, and he brought Volume 6 to my surprise! I still needed to get volumes 1-5 (and I did) to get caught up, which was not that hard since it is a lot of arts and few words. I loved it! I posted a picture on Instagram and Facebook of Volume 6, and a friend of mine said I made the right choice. It makes my heart happy to hear that. 

Before I want to continue on with the review, I want to apologize for the long review. I have so much to say. I am not sure on how to review graphic novels without giving away spoilers, so with that note, please link to your favorite reviews in the comments below, of any graphic novels so I can see how they do it. In the meanwhile, I will try my best here. 

When I first read this, it was like whoa. It hits you in the face! It was with no warning. It took me a while to get used to how I would read a graphic novel since I prefer to read novels. Once I get into it, I kept reading without stopping (I had to stop few times to eat dinner, the boyfriend talking to me about his day and random things). It was so good.

The novels focused mostly on Alana and Marko, and their daughter, Hazel but we do have storylines of other characters. Alana is from a planet called Landfall and Marko is from its moon, Wreath. Landfall have inhabitants that have wings on their back while Wreath has inhabitants that have horns on their heads and they are skilled with magic. Alana and Marko met on the planet, where Alana was a soldier while Marko was the prisoner. They got to talking and eventually fell in love. Alana helped Marko escaped and from there, Hazel was born. Alana and Marko are perfect for each other, they compliment each other very well. Alana is sassy and tends to strike first while Marko likes to figure things out and are normally calm till you threaten his family. The story is being told from Hazel. 

Throughout the novels, we met various characters, some were around for a brief period of time, and some stayed around. We met Hazel’s babysitter, a teenager girl that has a half body (she died in an explosion) and is a ghost. We met Marko’s parents. We met people from Robot Kingdom; whom have TVs as heads, literally. We met Marko’s ex-fiancee. We met a killer for hire named “The Will” who were hired to find Alana and Marko and kill them because not only Landfall and Wreath but pretty much everyone did not like the idea of them falling in love and actually had a child together, since Landfall and Wreath were the reason that the war has started in the first place. The Will have a cat that is his companion. Its name is Lying Cat. He can tell if you are lying. If you did, he would go, “lying.”

Despite the sex and violence, there are stories of loyalty, love, and family. Marko and Alana are so devoted to Hazel and to each other. At some point or other, enemies became friends. Women were shown to be strong and tough and men were shown the same, however, they were also shown to be nurturing. 

The artwork is superb. The colors are so vibrant and so well done. The emotions were well done. We were able to tell how they would feel such as sadness, happy, angry, and you get the picture. The characters do not look like one another. Some look more like people on Earth while there were people that have horns on its head or wings on its back, but they also have two arms or eight. They are not just white or black. They are blue, green, purple, pink, etc. The writing is funny, crude, smart and very well done. It works well with the art. It blended pretty well. 

Can’t wait for the volume 7 to be released. I am not sure when it will be, though, anyone knows?

Warning: this is very mature. Sex and violence are the main themes. It has a rating of M (mature). 

Volume 1:  
Rating: ★★★★☆

Volume 2:  
Rating: ★★★★☆

Volume 3:
Rating: ★★★★☆

Volume 4:
Rating: ★★★★★

Volume 5:  
Rating: ★★★★★

Volume 6:  
Rating: ★★★★★

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