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Saga Book One Hardcover – November 25, 2014
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On the other hand, let me warn Amazon customers. Amazon ships this book in its infamous cardboard folders with no protection whatsoever. And it’s quite a thick book that barely fits in the aforementioned cardboard folder, so every hit the box takes during the trip to your house is going to be absorbed by the book.
Every single corner of the book’s cover and back cover, except for one, was dented and even coming apart. A real shame. I repeat, Amazon ships this book with no protection whatsoever, so be wary, especially if you do not reside in the US.
The art, for me, is the true star of this series and it shines in this hard cover edition! This series has beholding Fiona Staples to me as the new benchmark for comic book artistry. Her artwork is gorgeous but not needlessly showy and is always in service of the story. Her characters are always so alive with movement and the backgrounds beautiful but muted as to not steal the scene (except when intended as the focus, of course). I can't remember the last time I purchased a hard cover of a comic book series, but after reading Saga I knew I had to have it.
The book itself is sturdy and attractive, with several pages of extras in the back I look forward to checking out (I just pulled it from my mailbox not long ago). From what I saw flipping through there were extras show casing different stages of Ms. Staples design process and paneling, as well as some straight scripts and possibly some interviews with the creators.
If you're a fan of the series or either of its creators (or just of great art, both written and drawn) I would highly recommend this as a purchase.
First off, I'm an art student, so I sincerely don't find the occasional exposed breasts and once-in-a-blue-moon sex scene with no genitals shown all that explicit. Second, I'm a huge gore wimp, I can't handle gore. But there's just enough in here that I could do without, but it also won't keep me from LOVING this series!!! GEEZ it's so good!! The artwork is FANTASTIC and I love it to bits, the writing is wonderful and I feel like there's great twists and turns everywhere. It's witty, funny, ridiculous, serious, thrilling, sad, and heartwarming! JUST- read this comic.
This comic is so good, I read 12/18 chapters THE DAY I got it and then I had to tear myself away because I didn't want to run out of it! I want to wait for Deluxe Edition 2 to come out, but it'll be awhile... and thankfully, it's hard to see spoilers unless you actively google "Saga comic" like I did for inspiration and references.
Overall, I can say that this is my favorite comic book series of all time. I'm so glad I have this in a hardcover (which came with library binding)!