- Series: Saga (Book 1)
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Image Comics; 1st (first) edition (October 10, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781607066019
- ISBN-13: 978-1607066019
- ASIN: 1607066017
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 1,251 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Saga, Vol. 1 Paperback – October 10, 2012
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*Starred Review* Vaughan, writer of the hugely successful Y: The Last Man, isn’t one to think small. In this opener to his ambitious new series, bits of sf space opera and classic fantasy mesh in setting a sprawling stage for an intensely personal story of two lovers, cleverly narrated by their newborn daughter. Though recently soldiers from opposite sides of a massive intergalactic war, moth-winged Alana and ram-horned Marko simply want peace and anonymity to raise their daughter (an abomination to the powers that be) away from conflict and hatred. Vaughan’s whip-snap dialogue is as smart, cutting, and well timed as ever, and his characters are both familiar enough to acclimate easily to and deep enough to stay interested in as their relationships bend, break, and mend. While Vaughan will be the star power that attracts readers, do-it-all artist Staples is going to be the one who really wows them. Her character designs dish out some of the best aliens around, the immersive world-crafting is lushly detailed and deeply thought through, and the spacious layouts keep the focus squarely on the personal element, despite the chaotic cosmos they inhabit. Add another winner to Vaughan’s stable of consistently epic, fresh, and endearing stories. --Ian Chipman
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Brian K. Vaughan has created an adult comic (I feel like I have to clarify that it’s adult, because YA is my default expectation for this space) for fans of science fiction, star-crossed love and action adventure. The first volume has a lot going on: birth, death, berserker rages, interspecies conflict, a sex planet, ghosts, crazy spaceships, and a life-changing romance novel (that bit made me laugh)(in a good way).
This comic does a lot of things well: multiple threads of story tied into the main plot line via an unusual omniscient narrator, exciting visuals, star-crossed love just fighting to survive, and humorous dialogue throughout. It is also a set-up for a wide-ranging epic, but the volume has enough skirmishes, close calls, and surprises to make it satisfying and interesting as a standalone.
That said, I was not impressed by main heroine Alana’s dialogue. Whether it fits the character in the context of the series or not, I can’t say. I was just disappointed to read pages of the jealous/nagging wife cliché when there were other more interesting (and life-threatening!) things going on at the same time. So that bit into my enjoyment – and I am going to skip reading further volumes. The one plot thread that really got its hooks into me was that of the Robot Prince – I thought the robot royal characters seemed really innovative and suited to the comics medium.
If you’ve been thinking you’d like to “try” comics, like science fiction, and don’t care for superheroes, Saga is a good place to start. Just be aware that this first volume pulls no punches – it’s R-rated. And if you’re more of a fantasy fan, I’d suggest starting out with Bill Willingham’s Fables.
Recommended for: comics newbies and veterans alike – basically anyone interested in a complex space adventure with enough action to keep the story moving and enough depth to hook most readers for the long haul.
Safe to say I was completely and utterly wrong, and I'm so glad I was. This series is amazing!! Everything they say about it is true! Hands down the best 18 issues of a comic book I've read in a long time. You will find yourself instantly captured by the characters and their struggles. The world is crazy but somehow not so crazy that it doesn't make sense, the art is immaculate and you never feel like the creators have wasted any panel in telling their story.
Often comic books don't have their characters change or develop but every issue of Saga something of note happens, and that is extremely refreshing. I feel I've gotten more story in these 18 issues than I have in hundreds of issues of superhero comics.
1) are bored of superhero stories
2) love space fantasy like Star Wars
3) are looking for high quality art and storytelling
then this book is for you!
Do yourself a favor and read it. Trust me.
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)!
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It had a lot of action and a perfect amount of everything else would recommend