25 June 2018

Mini Comic Book Review - Saga Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughn

Happy Monday Everyone!! I haven't done a mini comic review in a long time so I thought I would highlight a comic that I currently have re-read. Let me know in the comments below if you would like to see more of these!

Series: Saga, Vol. 1
# of Pages: 160
Publication: October 23rd, 2012
Source: Library Copy
Genre: 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 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

Saga is one of the most popular comic book series published by Image Comics. With Brian K. Vaughn writing and Fiona Staples illustrating, the series was bound to be a success and it definitely has done well with the series being almost 9 volumes into publication. In this re-read of the comic, I looked for several different components that makes this complex, unique, and entertaining. The first component that stood out to me was definitely the artwork. Fiona Staples has a way of capturing the characters and the world that you find yourself immersed within every frame of the story. I have no idea where she gets the ideas for these characters, but I do know that she is completely brilliant and her characters and world drawings really bring the story together. The second component that stood out to me was the storyling/plot development. I would have never thought in a million years that I would enjoy a story that parallels some aspects of Romeo and Juliet, but with setting that is based in science-fiction. The reader is instantly engaged by the birth of a child between these two main characters who are clearly not supposed to be together. The willingness of the characters to go against the guidelines and regulations set forth by the galaxy makes their story even more thrilling. In addition to the main characters, readers are also introduced to a series of side characters that are just as interesting and engaging. From a ghost who becomes the baby's babysitter to trackers/assassins to a half-man/half-computer robot that is determined to find the two main characters so he can start a family of his own, these side characters had interesting and compelling stories that brilliantly entwined themselves into the main characters storyline. While most of the plot is centered on the two main characters, Marco and Alana, attempting to shelter the daughter from pretty much everyone in the galaxy, readers do get a glimpse into a complex world with complex characters. If you haven't read this comic I will warn you and let you know that it ends on a hell of a cliff hanger so I would recommend having the second volume near to read immediately after the first volume. This is a fantastic comic and well deserving of all of it's hype, praises, and accolades. I highly recommend it. 


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