Graphic Novels, Tough Chicks is an original feature that celebrates the amazing female characters that abound in graphic novels. While many people still associate this particular form with a male readership, certain graphic novels empower women and combat feminine stereotypes through illustration and text. Tough chicks resist injustice, fight for their beliefs, and they donโ€™t take flak from nobody. These women are capable of fighting their own battles, both literally and figuratively.

Saga Vol 4Saga Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Genre: Science Fiction

Publisher: Image Comics on December 17, 2014

Source: Library

From the Eisner Award-winning duo of Brian K. Vaughan (The Private Eye, Pride of Baghdad) and Fiona Staples (Mystery Society, Thor, SAGA is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the universe.View Spoiler »

Image: Fiona Staples & Brian K. Vaughan
Image: Fiona Staples & Brian K. Vaughan

Enjoy the above moment of domestic cuteness while you can, people. Because everything is notย going to be okay.

Meanwhile, in another corner of the galaxy, certified tough chicks Gwendolyn and Sophie are busy being totally kickass. Two ladies of colour taking up arms, flying their ship across space, and amassing allies to save a loved one? That’s exactly the sort of epic woman-power I was looking for when I started this feature in the first place. And it’s why I will always love the Saga series. But I digress.

Gwendolyn and Sophie are gallivanting around the galaxy (galaxies? I never really know) trying to find a cure for The Will. Both ladies are very attached to him for various reasons and would do basically anything to make him well again…which usually means that crazy stuff is imminent. And trust me, it is. The shit really hits the fan in this one, y’all. Thank goodness for the comedic relief provided by the snarky exchanges between G & S. Behold:

Image: Fiona Staples & Brian K. Vaughan
Image: Fiona Staples & Brian K. Vaughan

I’m telling you, these two together is comedic gold.

Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples are a wonderful team who obviously communicate their ideas very well, since the writing and artwork in this series always feels perfectly in sync. With complex relationships, insane world building, amazing characters – and of course, tough chicks – Saga is a series you need to be reading. But for those of you who aren’t caught up yet, I feel compelled to issue a warning: SAGA VOL. 4 ends on a brutal cliffhanger. My jaw actually dropped when I flipped to the final page. And I mean really, don’t you want to be reading a graphic novel series that’sย literallyย jaw dropping?

Have you read SAGA VOL. 4 or any of the other volumes in the series? Who is your favourite character, tough chick or otherwise? What other comics/graphic novels should I be reading? I’d love to hear your thoughts!



  1. Ahh, this is a great feature. I’ve been thinking about starting to read graphic novels for a while now (basically since I began participating in tough travels) but I don’t know where to start! I’ve only ever read Blankets and Hugo Cabret, I think ๐Ÿ™

    1. Hum… What kind of stories/genres do you like? I can try to recommend some ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Err… let’s see… fantasy & romance are the genres I read the most. I do like Sci-Fi occasionally, but I prefer fantasy. Danya’s suggestions seem like a good place to start – have you read any of these and would recommend them, too? ๐Ÿ™‚

        1. Well, I didn’t read any of Danya’s recommendations, although they’re all on my TBR. But I sure recommend:

          -Lumberjanes: a wonderful fantasy series that takes place on a girl’s summer camp

          -Marvel’s Oz adaptations: I read the first one volume (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz) and I can’t wait to read the rest. It’s amazing

          -Atomic Robo: just some great sci-fi comedy about a robot created by tesla. It’s very nice.

          I suggest that you give a try to the first 2, Lumberjanes and Oz.

        2. Plus, if you like to try some super-hero stuff, the new Ms. Marvel is something you must read too

          1. I second this suggestion! I’ve reviewed that one too so you can see the art style.

    2. YAY thanks! ๐Ÿ˜€ I started it because I didn’t really know much about graphic novels and wanted to bring attention to some with, well, tough chicks. Haha. Quick recommendations for ongoing series: Rat Queens (vol 1 and 2 are out), Saga (vol 1-4 are out), and Princeless (vol 1 and 2 are out). Stand alone graphic novels…hmmm, Nimona by Noelle Stevenson and Through the Woods by Emily Carroll (although this one is quite spooky, so you’ve been warned!). I’ve reviewed all of these in some capacity on here and included some panels, so you can check those posts out to get a feel for art styles! ๐Ÿ™‚

      1. Ooh, thanks for these! I’ll check them out (your reviews first). Spookiness is tolerated in small quantities ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I finally read this one last month. Unsettled is an understatement, but that’s why I love this series ๐Ÿ™‚ Saga vol 5 already preordered!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    1. Yeah, I was actually very upset when I finished reading this one. I mean…Alanna and Marko. And then Alanna…and then Marko…!!!! I even felt bad for the Prince Robot, despite his asshat-like nature. I’ve also got Saga Vol. 5 preordered! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I just bought a copy of Volume 1 and have barely cracked it open, but enough to know I’m going to love this series. I’ve just started getting into graphic novels lately too, so I’m really happy to read your reviews!

    1. AHHHH yay! So glad you’re jumping on board this series, Tammy. I definitely think you’ll like it. Great world building, romance, family, humour, badass ladies. What’s not to love? Just be sure to never read it in public…so much nudity, haha.

  4. I really need to read Saga, it’s already on my TBR for some time, and I already have it on my computer, but you know… there are a lot of great comics to read out there. Probably I’ll read it after Rat Queens ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. HA, I often use that exact reasoning to put off some of my TBR picks. Rat Queens is SO GREAT, I love that series! I just read Vol. 2 a few weeks ago actually and it was wonderful.

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