Saga has been on my graphic-novel radar for quite some time. I mean, how could it not be? Everyone, and I mean literally every one of my Goodreads friends, is obsessed with it. I know I’m late to this party, but I still couldn’t resist delving into this phenomenon that has taken all my friends by storm.
I received an ARC of Brian K. Vaughan’s Paper Girls, Vol. 1 a few weeks ago, and to be completely honest, it didn’t blow me away. I wasn’t in love with the art, and some of the banter was offensive and downright unbelievable for twelve-year-old girls. Still, with all the hype surrounding this series, I couldn’t resist the urge to give Saga a shot, and I was much more impressed than I was with Paper Girls, Vol. 1.
No wonder this is so popular; it was amazing. Not only did it surpass Paper Girls, Vol. 1 in every aspect (art, banter, characters), it also had so much more to make Sage a fantastic, and unique, graphic-novel experience!
Saga surrounds two star-crossed lovers a galaxy that doesn’t approve of their relationship. Alana is from the largest planet, Landfall, and has wings protruding from her back. Marco is an ex-soldier from a moon, Wreath, and comes equipped with his very own set of horns. Their relationship is taboo enough already, but this graphic-novel starts out with them bringing a baby into this war filled world.
I’m now going to break down each chapter in this bind up. There will be SPOILERS, so please use caution in continuing if you have not read this graphic-novel!
Our story begins on the planet Cleave, where Marco and Alana are bringing in a very cute, but very different, baby girl. Not only is she adorable, but she got her momma’s wings and her daddies’ horns. We find out Alana and Marco met by Alana breaking him out of prison. We then get to see the first glances of how many people want this relationship terminated. A freelancer named The Will is hired to kill Alana and Marco, but to bring their baby back unharmed. Alana and Marco feel hopeless, but are given a map to a spaceship that will, hopefully, make it so they can start a new life with their new child, Hazel.
The Will is not the only freelancer after them; another one named The Stalk is, too. This chapter had a little bit of slut shaming in it, and that made me a sad panda. Marco and Alana are still after the ship from chapter one. The Stalk does find them along the way, and wounds Marco. She runs off though, because she hears “the Horrors” coming. The Horrors end up being ghost children that seem to have met their end in very gruesome ways. One Horror, a girl named Izabel, seems very friendly.
Izabel then offers to help Alana with Marco, but at a price; she wants to bond with Hazel so she can leave the planet. This chapter we really get to meet Prince Robot IV, while he is trying to learn more and more about Marco and Alana.
We are then introduced to Sextillion, which is basically just a sex planet that The Will goes to. It’s all fun and games until The Will gets propositioned to have sex with a six-year-old girl. He immediately kills her “groomer” and attempts to rescue the child. Marco wakes up from his injuries just in time for them to get attacked by a random ship.
Prince Robot IV and his princess are going to have a child, as well! While The Will is leaving Sextillion he is stopped by the six-year-olds’ owner, Mama Sun. The Will calls The Stalk and admits he is in love with her, right before she is killed.
Prince Robot IV is leading the men that killed The Stalk and answers her phone after she is shot. The Will vows to murder him. Marco and Alana make it, finally, to their spaceship that they’ve been tracking all volume. They need to make a sacrifice before entering, so Marco shatters his sword. The ship allows them entry and it seems perfect for them. That is, until Marco’s parents track them from the broken blade and completely crashes their party on their new spaceship.
Overall, I really did enjoy this bind-up and can see why people love this world so much. I don’t think I love it as much as everyone else, but that could be completely due to how freaking insanely hyped up this is. I still really enjoyed it and will probably continue on with this series, eventually.
Oh, and I love Lying Cat.