Book Review

SAGA (vol 1) by Brian K. Vaughan

Rating: 4 / 5

I haven’t traditionally read a lot of graphic novels, comics or manga but have been exploring them a bit more through reading challenges in the last few years and have found a few that I’ve enjoyed a lot. The SAGA series written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples is one that I’ve been hoping to get to. With a lot of big books on my TBR, I decided to go for a short read when it came to my final Around the Year in 52 Books reading challenge prompt to pick a book featuring non-traditional family. The premise of this one really seemed to qualify.

SAGA Volume One begins with a couple as they welcome their new baby into the world. The parents are Alana and Marko, both soldiers, but on opposite sides in a viscous war between species. Their love goes against all that seems normal on either of their home planets and it has made them the target of soldiers and assassins alike.

This was a fun break from a lot of heavy (weight and subject) reads this month and exactly what I needed. This is absolutely targeted at an adult audience, some of the illustrations are quite graphic. It is a dark and twisty story with characters like a half a teenage ghost who pitches herself as a great babysitter in spite of her intestines showing and other characters of all shapes and forms.

I’ve picked up the next couple books in the series to add to my weekend reading and I look forward to continuing. In the meantime, finishing this first volume of SAGA officially finished off my reading challenges for the year!

Reading Challenge Categories:

#AroundtheYearin52Books – a book about a non-traditional family

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