Book Review: Saga, Vols. 1-3 – Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

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Title: Saga, Volumes 1–3
Author: Brian K. Vaughn & Fiona Staples
ISBN: 9781607066019 / 9781607066927 / 9781607069317
Pages: 160 / 144 / 144
Release Date: October 10, 2012 / July 2, 2013 / March 25, 2014
Publisher: Image Comics
Genre:  Comics, Science Fiction
Source: Personal Copy
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Summary:

Alana and Marko are on opposite sides of a brutal war. There is just one problem; they’re in love, and Alana has just had their baby. On the run and hunted down from their own people, as well as bounty hunters charged with bringing them back dead or alive, Alana and Marko must find a way to make a home for their daughter while still protecting their family.

Snapshot Review:

Saga is a beautifully drawn comic that has amazing characters. The humor, mixed with the universal themes, make this a great choice for those who enjoy stranger reads.

Full Review:

I’ve been trying to read more comics lately, and I’d heard a few people saying really great things about Saga. And I’ll admit, I was completely sold on the series just by looking at the cover of the first volume: a brown woman holding a baby. “YES,” I told myself. “I want to read this!”

The art of Saga is really what enriches the story, and what really made me want to read it. It’s, quite simply, gorgeous. The colors are rich and vivid they saturate the page, bringing this world to life for the reader. Each panel shows beautifully drawn characters, intricate and vibrant. Staples chose to draw her characters in greater detail, while the backgrounds are a bit more ambiguous. It tells the reader that it’s the characters, first and foremost, that are at the center of the story. The fact that the backgrounds are less detailed reminds the reader that it doesn’t matter where Alana and Marko’s story is taking place; their love is universal.

The story of Saga is certainly a lot of fun. There’s a lot of seriousness, yes, but also a great amount of whimsy, accentuated by Staples’ color choices and soft curves in her art. The characters are really wonderful; the great thing about this series is that you’ll find a reason to love each and every character, whether it’s someone helping Alana and Marko or someone who’s hunting them down. Everyone is just funny and contributes amazingly to the story. I can’t really describe how much the varied cast of characters just really makes this series, nor how much I’m itching to get back to the series.

The first three full volumes of Saga are out now; it’s an ongoing comic series, so the fourth will probably be released next year. This is a science fiction story, but the story of Alana and Marko really expands beyond genres. It’s definitely weird and new, but if you like the stranger things in the world, then this is absolutely a comic you should be reading.

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