Mini Book Reviews: Saga, Volume 1 & 2 by Brian K. Vaughan

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Saga, Volume 1

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 bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, 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.


First off, I’ll be reviewing both of these as one, my thoughts for both volumes are generally the same so that’s why.

There seems to be a ridiculous amount of love for this graphic novel series, so of course I had to check it out. I’ve seen nothing but five star ratings and glowing reviews. So imagine how I felt when I read it and didn’t really feel anything. Honestly I don’t get it, while it was interesting and enjoyable enough it didn’t exactly blow my mind.

I think I had hyped this book up way too much in my mind, I mean seriously EVERYONE loves it! So getting my expectations up for this ended up not being worth it. I was pretty disappointed.

I did really like how the entire graphic novel is a blend of fantasy and scifi elements, two of my favorite things and it was done very well. The world building is pretty off the scale, it’s amazing. Of course I want more information than what’s given but hey it’s only 1 volume. All of the world building is very unique and original, it was definitely my favorite part about reading “Saga”.

Another plus for me was the artwork, it was very detailed and the color palette was gorgeous. That’s kind of all I have to say about that, I really loved it.

Now for the downsides. I wasn’t really a fan of the main characters, I thought they weren’t really super developed. Yes I know it’s only the first volume but that should be plenty of time to get attached to the characters, and I didn’t. Something about them was just dislikable to me. Honestly I thought they were kind of idiots, they have no idea what they’re doing at all. It scared me that these people were parents. Overall they just didn’t seem to make a lot of smart decisions.

While I didn’t really LOVE the main characters I did really like a lot of the secondary ones, such as Lying Cat and Izabel.

I also thought the humor was pretty crude, not only is it not really my type of humor but I don’t particularly enjoy it in my books either. This is my own personal peeve, I understand that other people do like it, it’s just not for me.

Generally I have a lot of mixed feelings on this series, I may or may not decide to continue with it. On one hand I liked a lot about it but on the other there were some things I didn’t like that were hard to look past. I DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO. So many conflictions…..

One thing I do know for sure: I want a Lying Cat.


Sure, if you like graphic novels and want a very weird, original fantasy/scifi adventure. It’s also very adult….this is not by any means a young adult graphic novel. Just saying. I would recommend borrowing it if you can instead of buying it, it almost seems to be an acquired taste…..

Links: Goodreads / Amazon

The Sassy

11 thoughts on “Mini Book Reviews: Saga, Volume 1 & 2 by Brian K. Vaughan

  1. Brigid Gorry-Hines January 28, 2016 / 11:07 pm

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this! I’ve been seeing this series everywhere and wondering if I should give it a try. I’ve been trying to read more graphic novels and it sounds interesting.

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    • thesassygeek January 28, 2016 / 11:41 pm

      Well thanks for reading my thoughts, haha. Saga is definitely a very hyped graphic novel series, and it’s certainly worth a look! I only just started getting into graphic novels myself so I’m slowly weeding through some, if you haven’t already read Nimona, I HIGHLY recommend that one 🙂

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      • Brigid Gorry-Hines January 29, 2016 / 9:43 pm

        I’ve been meaning to read Nimona! It looks awesome. My sister got a copy for Christmas, so I will probably borrow it at some point. 😀

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  2. ravenandbeez January 30, 2016 / 4:21 pm

    Awesome review! I have been meaning to look into this graphic novel series and it sounds interesting so maybe we will give it a try.

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    • thesassygeek February 2, 2016 / 3:23 am

      Thank you! And it’s definitely worth checking out at least since graphic novels aren’t particularly time consuming. 🙂

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  3. TheQuirkyBookNerd February 10, 2016 / 10:13 pm

    Great review! 😀 I’m sorry you didn’t end up enjoying these as much as you hoped though. I think these early installments are definitely a bit weaker (volume 3 was my favorite overall followed closely by 5). However, that being said, volume 4 was by far my least favorite. I really like Marko and Alana as a couple, but I completely agree, a lot of their decision making early on is not the greatest! And certain aspects of their characters really began to annoy me in later volumes (I’m looking at you number 4!). Lying Cat and Izabel are for sure the best characters in the series! 😀 The humor is definitely pretty crude, and I feel the exact same way as you do about that in stories; that is the main part of this series that occasionally puts me off a bit.

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    • thesassygeek February 10, 2016 / 10:22 pm

      Well dang it Ariana now I think I’ll have to go read the rest anyways, you’re so convincing! Well since we seem to agree about all of the points pretty much and you still love the series I’ll probably have to continue now. Fortunately my library has them all so I can just go pick them up, they’re not very time consuming after all! 🙂

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      • TheQuirkyBookNerd February 13, 2016 / 4:05 pm

        Haha oh no! I’m a bad influence when it comes to book recommending! 😀 I will say, the humor does stay pretty much the same throughout and that is still something that bugs me about the series occasionally, so just a heads up about that. But in volumes 3 and 5 at least, I definitely saw a change in Marko and Alana. There were still some things about their behavior that I wasn’t 100% about, but I liked them more overall in those two volumes. If you do continue though, just remember I warned you about volume 4! Haha 😛 (though you may like it more than i did!). They are all super quick reads 🙂

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      • thesassygeek February 13, 2016 / 6:22 pm

        I will go into volume 4 with zero expectations, that way I can’t be disappointed! 🙂

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