Now this is the sort of graphic novel that everyone should read, regardless of whether they like graphic novels or not. The writing is witty and sweet, the art beautiful, the characters awesome and nuanced, and it is about love, loyalty, family, violence, morality, and war.
Illustrated by Fiona Staples and written by Brian Vaughan, Saga, Volume 1 is a strong start to, what I am certain will be, a fantastic series. Following star-crossed parents who belong on opposite sides of a galactic, bloody war, Saga Volume 1 follows their child’s birth and their ambitious escape. Saga is full of magic, strange creatures, and a world that’s truly imaginative – unlike anything I have seen before. Saga will push the boundaries of your imagination, and will feature creatures and beings that you never would have dreamed of.
Something that I loved immediately was its treatment of female characters. I think it is safe to say that there are many graphic novels and comics that portray women as voluptuous, high-heel wearing women with massive breasts that look like they’re almost going to pop out. Not hating on women who fit that description, but sexualisation and objectification is rampant in visual mediums. Saga is a breath of fresh air; all the female characters in this novel are written with a level of depth and humanness, rather than loose adaptations of stereotypes and cliches. From the main character Alana, to the half-spider, half-woman Freelancer (or assassin), known as The Stalk, every female character is interesting and give meaning to the word ‘kickass’.
But let’s also talk about how Saga has one of the most diverse cast of characters I’ve ever read about. Sometimes authors include non-white characters to make a show that they are inclusive and are okay with including non-white characters. However, Saga‘s inclusion of a diverse array of characters – different skin tones, different races, different species – is so integral in its storytelling and world that it wouldn’t be the same story if there was no diversity. It is truly wonderful to finally see something that contains a diverse cast of characters – all that are interesting and developed too!
To finish my fangirling, Saga is wonderful. It is awesome. There is never a boring page. I think it is a game-changing sort of story, and more people need to read it and see the depth and awe-inspiring story that is Saga. Vaughan is an excellent storyteller, and if you ever pick up Saga – and you should! – it’ll hook you in, and you’ll never look back.
Book Name: Saga, Volume 1
Book Series: Saga #1
Author: Brian K. Vaughan (writer), Fiona Staples (artist)
Publisher: Image Comics
(Book triggers: graphic violence, graphic sex)