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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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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.
Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples have created a masterpiece of brilliance in both art and story, and you should definitely give it a try. The hardcover deluxe edition is beautiful and well-produced, so reading it over and over will stand the test of the price (as compared to the softcovers).
Despite how graphic this all can be there is still a sense of wonder to be had while reading Saga. The characters are loveable and understandable even the ones chasing after our heroes Marco and Alana have dimension to them. It's extremely funny as well suspenseful.
The artwork is very striking detailed, very grim when it needs to be and very expressive and beautiful when it needs to be without ever looking like a cartoon
It's also a very well paced book, nothing is ever rushed and no time is wasted either. You still find time for plenty character development and motivation without dragging on with exposition or what not. This story does narration in a great way, we know it's Marco and Alana so not only are you wondering what she's going to be like when she's grown up but it's tells to reader what they need to know and then we can just move on to the story
Brian K Vaughan has really proven himself time and time again to be one of my favorite writers in comics and with this he shows no signs of slowing down. Saga probably is the best comic book series we've had in a long time. If you're sick of superhero comics and you wanna see what else the medium has to offer, this is a great one to pick up