I am not in a reading slump. If I just keep telling myself it will be true right? It’s a little difficult to blog about books if you haven’t read anything in two weeks. However, over the weekend I did force myself to sit down and read the three graphic novels I think I’ve had checked out from the library for, I kid you not, nine weeks.
I’ve reviewed a lot of books, and I like to think I leave decent, well-rounded reviews. However, for whatever reason, it doesn’t translate well to Graphic Novels. I think because there is less to comment on?
For anyone unfamiliar with this series, Saga is about two people who fell in love while they were at war against each other. Everyone with a stake in the war wants them dead because it would be bad for people to know that there’s a chance that maybe they could all get along. To top it off the couple gets pregnant.
I won’t spoil too much about the plot- it’s an interstellar adventure with some very tense moments. I do think these last three volumes were significantly darker than the first three. We see the deaths of some characters that I managed to get pretty attached to, and some of the characters arcs take hard turns into the darker side of things.
Along the way we are introduced to a few new characters here and there. Some of which I enjoyed and others less so. The representation Vaughan includes is pretty thorough. There are characters of color and plenty of LGBTQ rep.
Fiona Staples is the artist and her work is amazing. I love the way she uses color, and it’s always a treat when there is a full panel drawing or concept included.
I did have to wonder a little bit, with Hazel starting kindergarten and all, why the governments are still looking for them. It seemed to me Alana, Marko, and Hazel would have fallen to the wayside what with the war going on and all.
One of my complaints about some of the previous volumes was that Marko talks in his own language which I’m pretty sure is made up. That trend continued here. I still don’t understand those panels, I’m not sure what they contributed, and I’m not sure why they were included. There’s no other explanation of what might be going on.
All in all it’s a small complaint, and Saga is very much worth checking out. I’m excited to see where these stories go in the next few volumes.