Saga Volume 1

Paperback | October 23, 2012

Contribution byFiona StaplesbyBrian K Vaughan

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Winner of the 2013 Hugo award for Best Graphic Story! When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. From New York Times bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina) and critically acclaimed artist Fiona Staples (Mystery Society, North 40), Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults. This specially priced volume collects the first six issues of the smash-hit series The Onion A.V. Club calls "the emotional epic Hollywood wishes it could make." Voted one of the top graphic novels of the year by the NYT, IGN, the Examiner, and SF Weekly. Voted Best Comic of the year by MTV Geek and Best New Series by Paradox Comics. Voted a finalist in the GoodReads Best GN of 2012 contest. Named one of Time Magazine's top 10 graphic novels for 2013

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Winner of the 2013 Hugo award for Best Graphic Story! When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe. From New York Times bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina) and critically acclaimed artist Fi...

Brian K. Vaughan, New York Times bestselling author, was born in 1976. He is a comic book and television writer, best known for the comic book series Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, Runaways, Pride of Baghdad, and Saga. Vaughan was aslo a writer, story editor and producer of the television series Lost. He is currently the showrunner and e...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8.75 × 6.35 × 0.68 inPublished:October 23, 2012Publisher:Image ComicsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1607066017

ISBN - 13:9781607066019

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best comic series you will ever read! It seems as though everyone on this planet has read or talked about Saga by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples. Almost every single booktuber, every single person I’m friends with on Goodreads and every single one of my comic book / graphic novel loving friends has talked about Saga and every single person has given it an amazing review. I knew it was something that I needed to pick up and read ASAP, but every time I made a trip over to my local book store I just never felt like reading it right at that moment. Recently though, I decided TODAY IS THE DAY and I finally picked up my copy of Saga Volume 1 and I now regret pushing it back for this long. This was my first experience with a graphic novel by Brian K. Vaughan and also my first experience with art by Fiona Staples…and I hope it won’t be my last! Saga has been extremely hyped up with the amount of people who swear by it and love it. The danger in that is that sometimes things can get a little over-hyped which causes me to have extremely high expectations. I usually try to go into new novels blindly without researching on the thoughts of other reviewers, but it was literally impossible to avoid hearing about everyone’s love for this graphic novel series. I am so happy to say that Saga volume one lived up to all of my expectations. Saga tells the story of two soldiers, Alana and Marko, who are on opposite sides of a long-time war and eventually end up falling in love and running off together. Obviously, this sounds very Romeo and Juliet, but Romeo and Juliet didn’t have a baby to worry about! What I love about the way this story is written is that parts of it are told by Hazel, Alana and Marko’s baby daughter, sometime in the future after the present events that are happening currently. Saga gives a new and exciting approach to a very standard and typical story arch. The writing is funny, crude and smart and very well done. Apart from the creative and unique take on the standard forbidden love story line, Saga contains some of the most unique creature concepts I have ever seen. There are no other alien-like beings like the ones that exist within Saga that I have ever seen before. Not to mention how beautifully drawn they are. Fiona Staples is an amazing artist and she also happens to be Canadian…BONUS! The detail, colouring and everything else about the art within Saga is just simply amazing! Each of the main characters are fantastic and so creatively different from one another. Marko and Alana make a great pair, and the added frustration of having a new born baby while also trying to outrun members of each of their own armies makes for some great comic relief. On top of being on the run from those they used to work with, there are also two bounty hunters set to kill them as well as, one of the most unique takes on an alien/creature in my opinion, Prince Robot IV…a man with a computer/tv screen for a head? I mean come on, so weirdly creative it’s awesome! Saga was everything I hoped it would be and then some. I highly recommend getting your hands on this graphic novel series! I can’t wait to continue reading (I just picked up volumes 2 & 3) and see just how much more creative this story can get!
Date published: 2015-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE ART! THE STORY! You can tell a lot of heart was put into this novel. I don't read too many graphic novels but the art immediately got my attention and then I began to read. The first page got me - BIG TIME and when you read it you'll know what I'm talking about. I definitely cared about the characters quickly especially after that first scene. This came highly recommended and according to the sellers my only regret after purchasing this would be that I didn't get volume 2 and 3 right away. True- so true. For those of you who don't want to read a cutesy, flowery story with vapid characters but crave grit, passion, and amazing visuals Saga MUST have a spot in your library.
Date published: 2014-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a saga! I'm speechless at just how brilliant Saga is. Actually, as the Lying Cat will say, "Lying." I texted my friend this as I embarked on my own Saga saga: "I had to share it with someone. FRIGGIN LOVIN SAGA!" It revolves around Marko and Alana as star-crossed lovers from rival races of horns and wings, in pursuit by their own people and hired help as they grapple with the harsh realities of war and the challenges as young parents to a newborn. A gripping plot that unfolds organically; an imaginative world melding fantasy and science fiction like no other; unique characters that make you sigh, laugh, and grow with them; a conscious narrative voice that is Hazel, daughter to our Romeo
Date published: 2014-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An epic Sci-Fi Opera/Fantasy series I bought this the moment I saw the art. The world Vaughan has created is rich, three dimensional, and edgy. This graphic novel is frequently described as "A Game of Thrones crossed with Star Wars" and it's not far off. The plot develops quickly, a bit too quickly in my opinion. I appreciate a bit of down time in the graphic novels I read - it gives the characters a chance to become introspective, and allows you to really get in their head and get attached to them. I do resonate with the characters, but I feel that the plots pace is somewhat detrimental to the work. Over all, Fiona Staples does a great job with the art and Vaughan has created an unrivaled world. Together, the two really help each other shine. The originality of every character, planet, etc is unparalleled.
Date published: 2014-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible Reason for Reading: I'm finding myself more pulled towards sci-fi than fantasy in my graphic novel reading and this sounded both fresh and involved. Love, love, love this book. An incredible story. One that is intricate, involves many levels, plots, characters and yet it all centres around the two main characters, an interspecies couple who has wed and born a child together. Their species have been at war with each other for what may as well have been forever and yet these two are unique examples of "people" not defined by species alone. Taking the race card one step further into species we see the same old bigotry being played out on a grander scheme as one species believes it is of an higher order than an other. What I particularly love at this point is how incredibly life affirming the context is. Having children is not exactly something encourage in this society, especially girls, but this couple affirms their love by having a child and later on in the book another (different species) couple find out they are pregnant and the issue is brought up whether the husband is happy, and won't mind even if it is a girl. He responds positively. The sex trade involving children is examined and the most unlikely of characters becomes a little girl's rescuer and advocate. I love the two main characters, they are both upright people and yet their personalities and morals are different, sometimes clashing. For warning, the book does include coarse language, not every page but frequent enough. I found it acceptable for the characters using it. There is full frontal nudity of both sexes, even though they aren't all "human", yet I was pleased that these scenes were at least between married couples. The art is stupendous. This is my first introduction to Fiona Staples but I will be watching for her name in future. Her drawings are realistic and she brings humanity to her non-human subjects as well as presenting simply stunning panels. Her character's facial expressions are able to say so much more than words ever could. A brilliant new series, that I am anxious to follow up with.
Date published: 2013-01-07