Graphic Novel Review: Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Issue #1 – #54)

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.

Book Review:

My feelings are all over the place with this magnificent graphic novel. I don’t know where to start. All I know is that I am thankful that Bea from Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic pushed me to read these wonderful illustrations during the Manila International Book Fair.

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Saga, written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples is one hell of a story. It discusses a wide stream of universe, race, culture, and principles. It talks about the differences of every unique race in this book and at the same time highlights how we approach our differences. There are moments in this book that there are two or more entities argue with each other but at the same time – in the future developments of the story, they were able to live with each other despite their differences, their stand on the war, their upbringing. Which makes this graphic novel worthy to read.

Aside from the beautiful storyline of this book, I highly applaud the beauty of the arts in these illustrations. Refreshing and yet raw. Outstanding and yet intoxicating. The book can be a wonderful representation of our society. This book shows violence but at the same time portrays respect considering each character’s on the story. It upholds the readers to find our own take on the story and one of the things that I got from reading this graphic novel is that even if you are on a brink of death; grit, perseverance, passion, love, trust, and hopefully a bit of luck, will take you through on your present struggle but it doesn’t mean that the challenges will stop there. The difficulty of what you are facing whether in a fictional world or in real life — will only make you stronger, braver, and moreover, a wonderful person that can show the best version of themselves.

Saga is not just a love story. It is a story of life, a family, a child who only wants to be accepted by society, who only wants to live as normal as everybody. Saga is a very good representation of the internal war that is happening in our own origins. Whether I’m reading this as a Caucasian or an Asian. This book will definitely able to relate to anyone. Saga was able to provide diverse characters coming from different backgrounds, orientations, and tradition. It gives us the glimpse of how a person would react from a different upbringing with a close-minded perspective, and at the same time, a person who is open to everything that is struggling with its inner consciousness. But what amazes me the most is that Vaughan was able to execute a wonderful story that gives rich in both world-building, character development, and personality enrichment among his character that dwells and able to live together for survival.

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan is a story of acceptance, bravery, and change. It teaches us (the readers) that not all stories have happy endings, and not all endings are sad.


Saga Volume 1 PB | Saga Volume 1 HB

Saga Volume 2 PB | Saga Volume 2 HB

Saga Volume 3 PB | Saga Volume 3 HB

Saga Volume 4 PB | Saga Volume 4 HB

Saga Volume 5 PB | Saga Volume 5 HB

Saga Volume 6 PB | Saga Volume 6 HB

Saga Volume 7 PB | Saga Volume 7 HB

Saga Volume 8 PB | Saga Volume 8 HB

Saga Volume 9 PB | Saga Volume 9 HB

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Also, check these reviews of Saga as well: Bosphorus Review of Books, Rhapsody in Books, Literary Traveler, The Book Smugglers, BongBong Books, and The Trusty Bookmark!


Brian K. Vaughan is the writer and co-creator of comic-book series including SAGA, PAPER GIRLS, Y THE LAST MAN, RUNAWAYS, and most recently, BARRIER, a digital comic with artist Marcos Martin about immigration, available from their pay-what-you-want site

BKV’s work has been recognized at the Eisner, Harvey, Hugo, Shuster, Eagle, and British Fantasy Awards. He sometimes writes for film and television in Los Angeles, where he lives with his family and their dogs Hamburger and Milkshake.


Fiona Staples is a Canadian comic book artist known for her work on books such as North 40, DV8: Gods and Monsters, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents and Saga. She has been cited as one of the best female artists working in the industry, and one of the best artists overall.


3 thoughts on “Graphic Novel Review: Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Issue #1 – #54)

  1. Great review, my feelings were all over the place too! This was just such a unique story/novel. Thanks also for the call-out to The Trusty Bookmark 🙂 Looking forward to seeing more of your reviews!


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