To be completely honest, I didn’t think that I’d have anything to talk about this early into the year, but one week in and I’ve read 5 books? Who even am I?
I’ll start this off by saying that I still feel like I’m new to graphic novels. I’ve read some, and the ones that I’ve read I’ve really enjoyed, but it’s not a medium I frequent. I haven’t read Watchmen or a lot of graphic novels that people point to and say “No you have to read that one if you’re going to read any.”
Maybe someday I’ll get to those, but this year I did start out my reading with Saga.
How do I even describe it? I guess at its absolute base it’s a Romeo & Juliet-esque story that takes place in space. Two people from opposite sides of a war fall in love and have a baby. That’s just the basis. There’s a whole slew of characters, each more complex than the last, who are fantastic. They’re really the reason that I keep reading.
To quote a friend of mine, “Saga puts the graphic in graphic novel.” This isn’t for the squeamish or the easily offended. The volumes are violent, sexual, and heartbreaking all at the same time. But you read it for the characters. At least, I do. The development and changes that these people go through are enough to keep me going through the explicit content.
The first four volumes of this epic tale have brought me deep into this world of war, love, drugs, parenting, ghosts, and romance novels. I’m excited and scared to continue the series. I don’t want to be caught up, because then I’ll have to wait for more to come out. At the same time, I need to know what happens. I need to know if The Will is going to be okay. I need to know more about Sophie. I want to see what happens to Marko. These characters have totally hooked me, and the story is just getting started.