GOODREADS SUMMARY: Saga Issues 1-6, Saga Issues 7-12, Saga Issues 13-18 | Written by Brian K. Vaughn | Illustrated by Fiona Staples | Publication Date: November 24, 2014 | Hardcover bound | Science Fiction | Graphic Novel | Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
I read issues 1 – 12 a long time ago. At the time, I didn’t quite know how to go about reviewing these comics. Heck, before then, I never really know that I could get into reading comics, period. Saga’s buzz somehow broke through a milieu of Young Adult titles and into my reading circuit. Because of its format, I easily polished off all issues in one sitting.
It was different. It was funny, and unapologetically crass. It’s an odd feeling for someone who’s been so used to devouring pages upon pages of words to be reading something that had more pictures than words.
I’ve always steered clear of anything resembling Science Fiction. But as soon as I started this series, I thought this is the type of Science Fiction I could easily get into. Where the world is there for me to see, and there’s very little chance that I could develop a brain cramp.
This month, all 18 issues were bound into one spectacular copy. So of course, I couldn’t resist.
Saga is the story of Hazel, a child borne into a world in perpetual war with another planet (in this case, moon). Her parents are what you would call as mortal enemies. But that didn’t stop these two from copulating and bringing their bundle of joy into a world full of violence and strife. We see Hazel come into the world with the military on their heels, but because her parents has kickass blood thrumming through their veins, they escaped detainment, and/or imminent deaths.
Both planets are determined to find them; each one with their own agendas. More than anything, they want them punished for consorting with the enemy. But there are forces (very limited) in the works that want to achieve peace. Through Hazel and her parents, they can show that it doesn’t always have to end in bloodshed and hate. So there are social implications in this story as well. Unconditional love, abolition of hate against another race, and peace amongst the planets of the entire galaxy.
This was such a delight to read. The story moves at a fast pace, that you’d literally be flipping through pages faster than you can digest what you just read. It’s funny, highly imaginative, clever, with beautiful illustrations that your eyes will be more than happy to gorge on. I’ve thought about taking snap shots of my favourite scenes, but that would mean I would be taking pictures of the entire novel. I mean I could go on for days about this book. But I think you should do yourself a favour and experience it for yourself.