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[Monday Reading] Saga’s Ending

Saga Books 2 and 3 by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading

Myra here.

It’s Monday, What are You Reading is a meme hosted by Jen from Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki from Unleashing Readers (new host of Monday reading: Kathryn T at Book Date). Since two of our friends, Linda from Teacher Dance and Tara from A Teaching Life have been joining this meme for quite awhile now, we thought of joining this warm and inviting community. 


Saga Book Two [Amazon | Book Depository]

Created by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Published by Image Comics (2017)
ISBN:1632159031 (ISBN13: 9781632159038). Bought my own copy. 

Saga Book Three [Amazon | Book Depository]

Created by Brian Vaughn and Fiona Staples
Published by Image Comics (2019)
ISBN: 1534312218 (ISBN13: 9781534312210). Bought my own copy. 

Relax, fellow bibliophiles. I have no intention of sharing spoilers in this very brief sharing of my random ruminations on Saga’s ending. For those who have read my review of Book One (see here if you have missed it), you would know that I admired the world-building, loved the characters, word play, wit and visual humour in this graphic novel series.

Books 2 and 3 upped the ante, ala George RR Martin (GRRM) style – with a Red Wedding plus Ned Stark moment woven together in the final volume. As a reader, I find myself empathizing with both heroes and villains, the lines being blurred between one and the other; they are all flawed stars of their own galaxies, with fully-realized story arcs.

I confess to not being as gutted as other readers by the ending, not because I did not care about what happened to this unlikely family – but because I have already sort-of prepared myself for the inevitable, having read a few wailing, heartbroken reviews in the past. Add the fact that the creators seem to have a penchant for killing off their characters, even in Book 1 – hence, I expected something similar. And again, with the GRRM vibes, the book creators decided to take a break from writing the series, with no definite plans as to the next instalment in the series. Needless to say, I cannot wait to return to Landfall and Wreath – or whatever galaxy Vaughan and Staples decide to take their readers next. This has definitely made one of my absolute best graphic novels list.

Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

4 comments on “[Monday Reading] Saga’s Ending

  1. These are new to me & I know a few young readers who will love them. Thanks, Myra!

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  2. They look like cute books for young readers.

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  3. I really need to start Saga. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bad review of it. I hope you have a good week!

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  4. I’ve not yet read any of the Saga books but I just found that we have them. I’m a little confused on how they’re listed in volumes, so it appears they may send me the set all at once if I request it. I understand on the whole prepared yourself situation. It’s one reason why I struggle with hearing spoilers. Thanks for sharing, Myra!

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