Hey friends I recently decided to do some early defense against a reading slump by checking out eight graphic novels and 3 manga from my local library. Four of those graphic novels were from the graphic novel series Saga by Brian K. Vaughn. I ended up finishing all that’s available for series. So now I’m sitting here hungrily waiting for the next collection to be released. And as I wait I thought I’d chat with you guys about this series. And by chat I mean I’m going to do one of my infamous lists. (I mean are the infamous or just famous or just boring and I don’t realize it? Hmmm. Something to think about. Anyways…) The basic blurb says this:
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.
5 Reasons You Should Check Out Saga
1. As the name implies it is a Saga. By definition this is a long story of heroic achievement. Think The Lord of the Rings but with more science fiction, set in space, and more adult content. I was so excited for for every new graphic novel so that I could see where my fictional friends were doing and what action they were taking to protect their newly formed family. If you like adventure with some political background then you will enjoy this series
2. Non stock characters. I really thought that the characters in this series were unique. Vaughn makes fun of certain character archetypes and challenges commonly used ideas from the science fiction genre. It was a delightful and funny experience to see these new characters interact with each other.
3. Speaking of these non stock characters, they were extremely diverse. I mean yes there are different species like robot people and animals with cognitive skills. But there is a trans character in the book who explains that she is a girl “in here” *she points to her head*. And she says this while naked talking to a child. Vaughn breaks down stereotypes. Like Prince robot accusing Alana of thinking all of the Robot people look the same. Similar to how the modern world views Asians. There was also some post partem depression discussed at one point. So it was nice that Vaughn was in touch with the struggles women go through after childbirth.
4. There are so many different characters in this book. Whether you’re following Alana and Marco’s journey to get Hazel back, or seeing what the bounty hunters and Sophie are up to, there are many different storylines woven together in this story. If you are just starting to get into multi pov stories then I highly recommend giving this a try because it’s much easier to follow. The story lines all make sense, and seeing them in illustrated format helps keep track of who is who and why they are there.
5. Hazel is just the cutest little alien ever. I don’t even want kids of my own. But Hazel is just precious. She’s just a little girl born into a rough situation but to parents who absolutely love her. She does what she can and tries to do good. I also love her narration of the entire story. It comes off slightly philosophical which is pretty interesting.
I would highly recommend this if you’re an adult who likes fantasy/ sci-fi adventures with a diverse cast. If you notice I said adult… that’s because I do not recommend this for children or teens. There is a lot of unnecessary nakedness and sexual content. I’m talking about penises taking up full shots on the page for no real reason. But if you’re a non squeamish adult I think you will love this series.
I hope you guys are having a lovely day. Leave me a comment down below if you’ve read any of the Saga series. I’ll ttyl. TTFN.