Thursday, May 7, 2015

Graphic Novel Review: Saga, Volume 1 (Saga: Collected Editions, #1) by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Title: Saga, Volume 1 (Saga: Collected Editions, #1)
Author: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Fiona Staples
Publisher: Image Comics
Pages: 160
Format: E-book
Published: October, 2012
Price: $9.00 -> Rp117.225 (Amazon)
Rating: 5 / 5 stars

Other books in the series:
Saga, Volume 2 (Saga: Collected Editions, #2) by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Date started: May 7, 2015 - Date finished: May 7, 2015

Synopsis:
From New York Times bestselling writer BRIAN K.VAUGHAN (Y: THE LAST MAN, EX MACHINA) and critically acclaimed artist FIONA STAPLES (MYSTERY SOCIETY, NORTH 40), SAGA is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. 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. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in a sexy, subversive drama for adults. This specially priced volume collects the first arc of the smash hit series The Onion A.V. Club calls "the emotional epic Hollywood wishes it could make."
Review:
In this first volume of Saga, we are taken to a world at war in the planet of Cleave between the people of Landfall and Wreath. Our main characters follow a pixie from Landfall named Alana and a satyr from Wreath named Marko. Alana was a Private First Class and Marko was a Wreath foot soldier turned prisoner in Cleave. Marko was actually a prisoner to Alana's people but they fell in love, got married, broke Marko out of prison, and then ran away together.

They ran away because they wanted out from the war between their people and also because Alana was pregnant. After giving birth to a baby girl named Hazel they become fugitives to everyone. They are chased by a lot of people from the people of Landfall, Wreath, Freelance Contractors (Hitman), and the royal family of robots with a TV for a head.

In this volume, we'll see Alana, Marko, and Hazel's adventure of escaping Cleave by finding a rocket ship from a map given to them by a grease monkey that betrayed them before. While escaping the likes of the people who want them dead such as The Will, The Stalk, and Prince Robot IV. Also making friends with a ghost name Izabel.
"Exactly, When a man carries an instrument of violence, he'll always find the justification to use it. If we really want to escape this war, we have to stop bringing it with us."
What to say about this graphic novel other than it is just pure awesomeness! I just loved every part of this graphic novel from the story, art, characters, just basically everything. From the story, people said that this was inspired from Star Wars, well since I'm not much of a Star Wars fan and didn't really remember what it was all about I feel a certain sense of originality, even though if this graphic novel really was inspired by Star Wars it didn't matter to me.

Applause to Brian K. Vaughan for creating such an engaging, unique, and weird story to this graphic novel and of course also to Fiona Staples who brought the characters to life with her amazingly amazing artwork. I LOVE YOU!! I just wanna say how the heck did these creators create the characters in this story because they are just flat out weird (in a good way) they must have some pretty weird imaginations when they're making the characters here.

I'll admit, it takes some time to familiarize yourself into the world of Saga but once you're in it the story flows really well and pretty understandable. In this graphic novel, readers not only follow the journey of Alana and Marko but also the journey of the people who hunt them such as Prince Robot IV and The Will. Oftentimes, Hazel comes in as the narrator of the story.
"Doesn't matter if it's personal or professional, a good partnership takes work."
I must warn you guys who want to read this graphic novel. You must be above 18 years old or maybe above 21 (whatever the appropriate age allowed to see graphic nudity) yes, that's right I said "graphic nudity" because there are a lot of nudity happening in this graphic novel. There is even a planet called Sextillon, designed as some kind of a planet for brothels, prostitutions, and all that other stuff. So please make sure you're old enough to be reading this!


All and all, a great graphic novel. No wonder the people of book tube recommended it a lot. Hopefully the next graphic novels in this series keep getting better. But again, please only read this graphic novel only when you're old enough. Okay, then that's it for this review. I'm gonna go and read the rest of the graphic novels in the series!

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