My Rating: 5/5 Stars
My Thoughts: Oh, gosh, what can I say? I’m a fan. A big fan. They’ve got me hooked.
Saga is a graphic novel sci fi space opera about two star-crossed lovers (Marko and Alana) and their baby (Hazel) trying to outrun two governments who want them dead and their child captured. It was fantastic!
The story is so engrossing and engaging. It takes a fairly simply premise and extrapolates from there, creating a wild world. This first volume is spent largely on Alana, Marko, and Hazel’s trek across a planet in an attempt to reach a point where they can escape the planet. This gives the reader a chance to kind of explore the new world they’re being introduced to and get used to it (because, trust me, it is strange). At the same time, we meet our main cast, which includes Marko, Alana, and Hazel, as well as Prince Robot IV and The Will (with his sidekick, The Lying Cat), their pursuers.
The main characters are easy to love and root for. Interestingly enough, the antagonists, The Will and Prince Robot IV, are not entirely loathesome. Instead, they are portrayed as humans (or, ya know, robots) with their own lives and complicated moral systems who are caught up in a larger war. It’s an interesting take.
Hazel, Alana and Marko’s baby daughter, narrates the whole story, giving the story this sassy, wise-beyond-her-years, yet still full of wonder tone. It felt very much like one of those movies with a voice-over, but in a good way.
The art was stunning! All of the colors and the style were just so visually appealing and it added so much to an already strange and wondrous world. I’m convinced that this story couldn’t have been told any other way than through a graphic novel or a movie or TV show.
All in all, I’m in love with Saga. It’s a new obsession and I greatly look forward to the next installment.