Is Saga a Romance?
Saga features a mix of magic and technology, a space opera setting, and a diverse cast of characters and gender identities. It also includes action-adventure, graphic violence, gore, mature themes, sex scenes (some of it interspecies), and thought-provoking sexual imagery (some romantic, some raunchy).
Does Saga push some boundaries? Heck, yeah! Yet beneath the decidedly adult themes and dark humor is a universal story about the joys and struggles of love and parenthood.
Marko and Alana are fugitives fighting for their lives against a backdrop of interplanetary war. Marko is a soldier and has sworn off violence. Alana, however, won’t hesitate to use violence to protect her family. They share a goal of escaping the war and settling down in peace to raise their daughter, Hazel, but events are constantly conspiring against them.
Saga begins with the birth of the couple’s daughter rather than their meet-cute. And Vaughan has stated that the gist of the story is about parenthood. Therefore, all bets are off regarding romance genre conventions. To be sure, Saga isn’t advertised as a sci-fi romance and it hasn’t ended yet, so I’m managing my expectations accordingly. And yet, Alana and Marko’s romance is a key part of the story. Without their forbidden romance, the whole story falls apart.