Saga, Vol. 1


Saga, Volume 1

By:  Brian K. Vaughan (author) & Fiona Staples (artist)
Published:  2013
# of pages:  160
Series:  Saga (#1)
Challenge:  Full House


Goodreads description:

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.

My opinion:  I have never been even slightly interested in graphic novels before.  My son loves them so I read the ones he chooses along with him sometimes, but I’ve never read an entire adult graphic novel.  A few weeks ago I saw a fellow blogger’s mention of the Saga series.  I can’t remember if it was a review or mentioned in a Top Ten Tuesday post or some other type of list.  I can’t remember the blog either, so if it was you, please comment and let me know so I can link back to you review!

The concept of the book intrigued me, but what made me check it out was the fact that the cover has an illustration of a breastfeeding woman!  I strongly support breastfeeding and it isn’t mentioned too much in mainstream media.  Plus, the idea of a story about a MOM isn’t too common either.  The woman on the cover is named Alana and she’s pretty awesome and not just because she’s nursing a baby on the cover of a graphic novel.

Once I started reading the story of Alana, Marko, and their baby I was hooked.  Volume 1 is short and I’m disappointed that I have to put the others on hold and have them transferred to my local library.  It’s a retelling of Romeo and Juliet that takes place in outer space.  It’s a graphic graphic novel (if you know what I mean), so I wouldn’t recommend it to younger teens or people who are sensitive about seeing nudity.  Otherwise, I think it’s worth giving it a try, even if graphic novels aren’t usually your thing.

Why I gave this book 4/5 stars:  A unique retelling of a classic, cool characters, kept my attention.