June 13th, 2020

Book 1 - 2019

Book 1: Saga: Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples - 176 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
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. 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. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.

A Goodreads friend of mine marked this book as to-read. Accordingly, it came up in my feed, and intrigued by the cover (I know, I know, judging a book by its cover!), I clicked on to read the synopsis. I love star-crossed lovers stories, stories about cross-species couples, torrid love affairs that society doesn't allow but which two people are willing to die for. It's the premise of my own novel series, and its by far my favourite plot line in any medium. So needless to say, Saga was always going to appeal to me! But I'm pleased to say that Saga is much more than a star-crossed romance. Wonderfully real characters, a myriad of threads to the story that have so much potential, complex situations, and a fabulously imaginative menagerie of species across a huge arc of space. I don't often read graphic novels, but Saga is well-worth the time.

So what's the story about? Alana and Marko are soldiers on opposite sides of a war. They fall in love, desert, and this volume opens with Alana giving birth to their daughter in perhaps one of the most realistic childbirth scenes ever - both poignant and funny (Alana is downright hilarious throughout - her sarcasm is very real). From before their daughter is born, Alana and Marko are on the run and being chased, and so this volume is one firefight after another as the couple and their newborn try to get off the planet they are on into a universe not a whole lot safer. Along the way we are introduced to a variety of characters, most of which are on the hunt for Alana and Marko, each with their own motives and backstories, which I imagine will be fleshed out in subsequent volumes.

Beautiful, funny and imaginative! I've already gone out and ordered the next volume!

1 / 50 books. 2% done!

176 / 15000 pages. 1% done!

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