Review│Saga, volume 1

saga vol.1Authors: Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples // First published:  October 2012 // Genre: Fantasy / Comic Book
This edition: 160 pages, published in 2012 by Image Comics // Get it @TheBookDepository

Read in March 2015

Synopsis (Goodreads)

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.

My Thoughts

First of all, I read this in a real-time read-along with my friend Candice (really, 800km apart, but reading at the same time, sending reactions to each other via Messenger). It was a really fun experience, and I believe we will do the same thing for the other volumes.

Before actually starting to read this, I had deliberately kept myself in the dark about the story, I knew the basics of it (the cover helped), but not much else. And I was surprised from the very first page. This is not for younger audience, let’s just put it this way, this is both violent, graphic (sometimes a little gross), and sexual. So yeah… If you’re a kid, just wait a couple of years before trying Saga.

I really liked the characters. It’s obviously a first volume, so it’s basically a broad introduction of the characters, but even from those short 160 pages, I felt like all the characters that we are introduced to have a lot of potential, and I’m interested in learning more about each of them. It’s not like we have our 2 main characters, and the supporting ones are replaceable or blend or anything. No, there is depth to each and everyone of them.

The art is stunning! First of all this comic is printed on what seems to me to be very high quality paper, and the colours really shine on it. There is a different feel and atmosphere for each of the storylines/character —which I thought was very interesting— and the colour palettes and the art in general is really beautiful and contributes to the story (at least that’s how I perceived it). There are some incredible panels and pages.

My rating:

I’ll give Saga, volume 1 4.5/5 stars. I really enjoyed my time reading it, I was engaged in the story, I loved the art, and I can’t wait to see where the story goes in the next volumes.

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