Saga Volume 1 & 2 Reviews: Expect the Unexpected

July 3, 2015 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 4 stars, 5 stars, Books, Reviews

Saga Volume 1 & 2 Reviews: Expect the UnexpectedSaga Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
Published by Image Comics on October 23, 2012
Source: Purchased
Genres: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction
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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."

Collects Saga issues #1-6.

Although I’ve been following The Walking Dead graphic novels for quite some time, I still find myself a novice in the area of comics and graphic novels. Upon countless other recommendations on Saga, I wanted to see what all the hype was about.

Whoever told you that Saga was weird, wasn’t lying. Not only is it weird, but it’s shockingly, mind-bogglingly weird. Dismembered ghosts, TV people, lie detecting cats, a spider temptress and a planet called Sextillion…these only grate the surface of the weird and wonderful things that Saga has to offer. And you know what? In this deep space world where anything goes, it somehow works.

But weirdness aside, at it’s core, Saga is a charming story about two soldiers who have fallen in love, started a family and are now fugitives. Alana and Marko make a hilarious tag team, with a strong chemistry, differing values and snappy dialogue. Alana is a strong, hardened soldier, who will do whatever it takes to protect baby Hazel and Marko. She’s pragmatic and blunt, making me laugh more than a few times. On the other hand, Marko is her opposite, a supposed pacifist who refuses to kill in the name of peace…until they threaten his family.

The cast of colourful characters really make the graphic novel come together, as you’ll never know what to expect when you turn the page. Whether it’s a graphic sex scene, dismembering violence, oddball humour or warm and fuzzy dialogue, the beautiful artwork really makes the book come alive. This is adult humour at it’s best, and it’s part horror, drama, and erotica on the bed of a sci-fi universe.

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There’s nothing quite like Saga, a weird, wonderful and unexpected experience, that I found strangely heart warming, given everything that it contained. With the snappy dialogue, humour, great characters and the shocks and surprises you’ll have along the way, Saga presents for an interesting and strangely addictive experience.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Saga Volume 2 Review 

Saga Volume 1 & 2 Reviews: Expect the UnexpectedSaga Volume 2 by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
Published by Image Comics on July 2, 2013
Source: Purchased
Genres: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction
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From award-winning writer BRIAN K. VAUGHAN (Pride of Baghdad, Ex Machina) and critically acclaimed artist FIONA STAPLES (Mystery Society, Done to Death), SAGA is sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe. Thanks to her star-crossed parents Marko and Alana, newborn baby Hazel has already survived lethal assassins, rampaging armies, and horrific monsters, but in the cold vastness of outer space, the little girl encounters her strangest adventure yet... grandparents.

Collects Saga issues #7-12

Now that you’re prepared for the general weirdness that the Saga series has to offer, the second one offers pretty awesome character development for Alana and Marko as we see how the two met and meet Marko’s parents, who turn out to be wacky and lovable. Alana is a massive bookworm as well which was definitely relatable, I especially loved this scene:

More weird and wonderful creatures in this world will appear, from a gigantic ogre to face sucking henchmen, along with the extreme violence. There’s not only awesome development for the ‘good guys’, but for those hunting them as well as we get sucked up a huge embryo nebula.

The narrative is strong, the illustrations vibrant, detailed and colourful and the story compelling, imaginative and unique. If you haven’t read Saga yet, what are you waiting for? I absolutely loved it!

Rating: 5 out of 5

Have you read Saga? I’d love more graphic novel recommendations! 

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19 responses to “Saga Volume 1 & 2 Reviews: Expect the Unexpected

  1. Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms

    I have Saga Vol. 1 and the only reason I haven't read it is because my local bookstore hasn't brought in Vol.2. I want to have at least the first 4 volumes so I don't need to wait a ridiculous amount of time in between each book (while I buy them). But I have high hopes for this series! Plus those illustrations look so good!

  2. readerswonderland

    I'm really glad you reviewed these because I've been so curious about them and dragging my feet about just picking them up and giving the series a shot because it seems so…out there, aha. I'm pretty sure I will like it though, the humor sounds great.
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    • It definitely is OUT THERE Alise! I just love it so much with all of it's charm, humour and great characters.

  3. I'll admit that, despite the hype, I was never really interested in reading this book until I read your review. I'm ALL for weird and graphic. I'm *probably* going to pick this up at the bookstore sale tomorrow. We'll see. ;D
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  4. I'm so glad you took a photo of the graphic novel because I just this recommended on a classmate's blog and was intrigued by it! I also see myself as a novice when it comes to graphic novels but find that my mood in reading one also depends on the art. I think I got spoiled by reading manga 😛 Anyway, 5/5 stars for both books is impressive and the art looks pretty cool so I will definitely check this out now. I also hope it's on scribd so I can try it out first! Awesome reviews Jeann! I'm very intrigued by that "graphic sex scene". LOL.
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    • Yesss, the illustrations are pretty much what make the book. It's really awesome Amir, I hope you enjoy it! LOL YES there are lots of graphic scenes XD

  5. lab1990

    I love graphic novels and a friend of mine kept raving about this series, so I read the first two books (the two you reviewed) not too long ago. I really loved them, and I NEED to get my hands on the other books.

    -Lauren
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    • Yess, I have book 3 & 4 but I'm slowly getting to them because I don't want it to end, then I'd have to wait for the next installment!

      • inlibrisveritas

        It's a combination of things really, but mostly because some of the panels or plot seem to be there for shock value and little else. That and I'm incredibly good at guessing the plot before I even get started. I told my best friend the plot of Vol 4 before I ever read it and he was shocked when I asked to borrow it because he thought I had, lol. I like the overall "normal" feel of the story and the whole Romeo & Juliet thing it has going on though, plus the art is awesome and the conversations are perfect. So yeah…it's a tug-of-war between the love and the hate for me.
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  6. booksbonesbuffy

    Just bought Volume One! After reading so many recs I just had to jump on board. I haven't read it yet but will soon. Glad to know you love it Jeann! (And I love the expression on that girl's face when Alana is trying to get her to read a book!)