Graphic Novel Review: Saga, Vol 2 by Brian K. Vaughan

img_3928Saga, Vol 2 is the second installment of the graphic novel series by Brian K. Vaughan and was illustrated by Fiona Staples. This review will be spoiler-free.

The smash-hit ongoing epic continues!

Thanks to her star-crossed parents Marko and Alana, newborn baby Hazel has already survived lethal assassins, rampaging armies, and alien monstrosities, but in the cold vastness of outer space, the little girl encounters something truly frightening: her grandparents! (Synopsis from Goodreads)

Captivating. Hilarious. Genius. A star-crossed lovers series that will make you laugh, gasp, and curse.

Everything about this story is so well done. From the characters to the world, the story is so complex yet easy to follow. The writing and graphics are beautifully done.

Marko and Alana are a pair unlike any other I have read. They bicker and fight, but they love each other on a level so deep they would be willing to die for each other.

I loved the addition of the grandparents in this volume. At the end of Vol 1 is shows Marko’s parents arriving. I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel about this twist, but I ended up loving it. They added a lot of tension and depth to the series.

Unfortunately, I don’t think this volume was as good as the first one. While I really enjoyed it, I was left wanting a little something more. I wanted to learn more about Hazel and Alana. There were a lot of flashbacks in this issue, but it wasn’t always clear that it was a flashback. I struggled to keep the timeline straight.

The side characters were just as interesting as the two main characters. I’m glad that they continued to shine in their own ways. Lying Cat is still one of my favorite characters.

Overall, this volume was really good and I am looking forward to the next one. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. I feel bad about my rating for this one, but it just wasn’t as good as the first one. However, I still HIGHLY recommend this series.



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