Series Review: Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

SERIES STATS

Overall Rating: ☆☆☆☆1/2
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Fiona Staples
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy
Audience: Adult
Publisher: Image Comics

Series & Pub. Dates:
Vol. 1 (#1-6), 10/23/2012
Vol. 2 (#7-12), 6/19/2013
Vol. 3 (#13-18), 3/19/2014
Vol. 4 (#19-24), 12/17/2014
Vol. 5 (#25-30), 9/9/2015
Vol. 6 (#31-36), 6/29/2016
Vol. 7 (#37-42), 4/4/2017
Vol. 8 (#43-48), 12/27/2017
Vol. 9 (#49-54), 10/2/2018

Content Warnings: language, sex, nudity, violence, human trafficking (including children), substance abuse, domestic violence, miscarriage, death… I might be missing stuff, there’s a lot

SYNOPSIS (Vol. 1)

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 THOUGHTS

Saga is a wild and weird adventure through the galaxy. Narrated by Hazel (who is born at the beginning of the story), Saga tells the story of her family’s journey to find safety and evade pursuers from both sides of a galactic conflict who view her parents as traitors and her existence as an abomination.

These comics are FOR ADULTS. I was a little uncomfortable with the graphic visuals and mature subject matter when I first started the series, but the storytelling is so dang good I kept coming back for more, averting my eyes from the images I didn’t want to see.

I was continually amazed by how much each new installment expanded upon the already fantastic worldbuilding and developed the characters emotionally. You will grow to love this little family of misfits and an array of side characters. On top of their fugitive status, they deal with everyday family issues in profound and relatable ways as Hazel grows up. Saga tugged on readers’ emotions from the beginning and was never afraid of crossing lines, but the last few installments in the series were particularly heartbreaking.

This is a bold, bizarre, and bingeworthy series with no boundaries, and I highly recommend it for sci-fi and fantasy readers looking to give comics a try. Fingers crossed the series returns soon, because I cannot get over that last cliffhanger!

Interested in reading this series? Check out my full review for Vol. 1!

Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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