Graphic Novel Recs: Part 2

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There aren’t enough graphic novel recommendations (non-super hero specifically) in my opinion. So since everyone seemed to like Part 1 (link here) here’s part 2 of some of my favorite graphic novels! I will link review to the titles if they are available.

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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

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