Saga is a series of comics, set against the backdrop of a war between a planet and its moon. It opens with the birth of Hazel, who is the offspring of two deserters, one from each side. This means she is also born of two different alien races, with features of both. She jeopardizes the outcomes of war, as do her parents, and their lives are in danger from the very beginning.
The series follows this young family as they attempt to flee various foes sent to neutralize them. We meet many different characters of different alien races, and we visit many different planets in their quest to build a better life for Hazel. This story is definitely intended for adults: it’s violent and there’s lots of sex and morally questionable situations. It’s a story that will keep you reading with all of its action, and will all of a sudden bust out with something that will break your heart into pieces (parts of volumes 4 & 5 just gutted me). I love how the series is narrated as a flashback, which gives it a sense of fate and finality. There are also so many interesting characters! There’s Marco, Alana, and Hazel, the young family fighting against all the odds to survive. There are those who pursue them, including the prince of a robot race and a bounty hunter with a very fun sidekick named Lying Cat, who can identify when others are lying. There’s a ghost named Isabel. In short, this series has something for everyone.
There’s love, there’s war. There’s violence, there’s peace. There’s sadness and joy, tragedy and comedy. There are a lot of terrible people, and a lot of characters striving to be better. There are adorable alien races you’d never envision. The art is beautiful, and the writing amazing. If you like comics and/or sci-fi and haven’t given this series a try, please do.
Recommend: Yes, for all comics lovers, anyone who wants to try comics, sci-fi fans
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (the average of my Goodreads ratings–favorite volumes are 3 and 5)
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