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The Pinnacle of Comic Book Excellence.,
This review is from: Saga, Vol. 1 (Paperback)
I've been reading comic books for about 20 years. I am not exaggerating in the slightest when I tell you that this is the best comic book I have read in my entire life. I've been a huge fan of Brian K. Vaughan, largely in part to his talent in creating new and engaging characters in a comic industry that has become a little bit stagnant. His work on Runaways and The Hood really intrigued me, because he has a knack for making over-the-top characters seem incredibly believable and real with his dialogue and exposition. He has a talent that few, if any comic writers can claim to equal.
I picked up this trade on a whim, simply because it had Vaughan's name on it, (and who am I kidding? It was cheap!) I flipped it open and experienced the first page, which literally made me burst into laughter. Comics just don't DO that very often! I was laughing out loud in my local shop, and I'm sure that I looked like a loon, but I didn't care. I immediately purchased this book and headed back to my house to read it. I read it three times in a row; I could not believe the caliber of book I was reading.
Vaughan has created a universe that is completely ridiculous. I mean that in a good way. He has introduced to us a world that is so sickening, gorgeous, bewildering, and imaginative all at the same time. This story is essentially Star Wars meets Romeo and Juliet. It's such an injustice to categorize it like this, as that description doesn't do it justice at all, but it's as close as I can come off the cuff. Now, as you'd expect, the writing is superb. Vaughan has made this world so out of the ordinary, and yet somehow so relatable with his grounded dialogue and narration carrying the story along. Vaughan's writing in this book is maybe his best yet, but he's not even the best part of Saga...
The real star of this book is Fiona Staples. I guarantee you that even if you hate the story, you won't be able to keep your jaw un-dropped when looking at the simply BEAUTIFUL work by Staples. She is the best artist in the industry. Hands down, her work is always awe-inspiring. One panel will be the most tender, human moment you have ever seen in a panel, and the next is the most disturbing image you hoped you would NEVER see. Her imagination and execution is unparalleled, and I would recommend this book if for no other reason than to simply look at this work. It's from heaven, I swear.
If I had to recommend one comic for somebody to read, it would be this one. The writing is superb, the art is out of this world, and I'm going to go grab my copy and read it again.
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Initial post: Oct 12, 2013 10:19:43 AM PDT
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Super Shiney Girl says:
The first page is also what got me. I laughed out loud at it as well. The humor is what initially sold me.
Posted on Feb 3, 2014 3:42:10 AM PST
J. Pallow says:
Dude you sold me! I cant wait to get this now!!
Posted on Jun 14, 2014 3:39:17 PM PDT
I have to say that "Star Wars meets Romeo & Juliet" is an irresistible and very positive hook for someone like me. Reading this and other reviews is what tipped the scales on me buying this volume, and I'm so glad that I did. Admittedly Saga does test my limits and tastes a little bit, but it's also incredibly beautiful and imaginative. This story, writing and art alike, simply sucks you in and takes you away. Amazing stuff.
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