Saga Volume One: A First Impression

To be honest, I was searching for more graphic novels at my library. I read a lot of romance, drama, and fantasy webcomics. Although Libby is a great source for manga, I wanted to read more print comics. It turns out finding manga by subject isn’t easy. When it comes to online library catalogues, your at the mercy of the person that tagged the book. Meaning, the staff that tagged my library’s comic collection were not consistent with tagging. For example, there were five different tags for the word “graphic novel”. I had to click on each one to get a better idea of what my library had available. On the bright side, most of the uploads had cover photos. That’s how I found Saga.

The ongoing series stared March 2012. Issue #64, #65, and #66 will drop May thru June 2023. That being said, there’s plenty of catching up to do. At first I thought this was a mythological comic, but I was wrong.

Saga is an epic space opera/fantasy comic book series created by writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples, published monthly by Image Comics. The series is heavily influenced by Star Wars, and based on ideas Vaughan conceived both as a child and as a parent. It depicts two lovers from long-warring extraterrestrial races, Alana and Marko, fleeing authorities from both sides of a galactic war as they struggle to care for their newborn daughter, Hazel, who occasionally narrates the series.

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A battle between a planet and it’s moon is fought across the galaxy on unrelated planets to limit damage to their home worlds.  This enemies to lovers story follows the lives of a mixed child, Hazel, in a galaxy full of threats that want to eliminate her parents but keep here alive and hidden.

Art Style

As Image Comics mentioned before there are various humanoid characters in this comic book series. Since this unlikely married couple are on the run with their newborn, the reader gets a lot of world building from the family and the authorities out to get them. Colors are fairly warm for how brutal it can be. There’s futuristic elements mixed with untamed terrain. It’s clear what areas are destroyed by an endless war as well as planets thriving during these dark times.


This series is intended for a mature audience. Parents and guardians of teens and younger should be weary of this graphic novel. The first issue or Saga made this abundantly clear.

Final Thoughts

After reading Volume One, I’m interested in finding out more about how Alana and Marcos went from enemies to lovers. Since Hazel narrates the story immediately, I can take some comfort in knowing she won’t be apprehended so easily. Still, it’s unclear how long her parents can protect from and shield her from this cruel galaxy.


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