Saga Volume 1 (Saga (Comic Series)) Paperback – 25 Oct 2012
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I say "disgusted or intrigued" because those are the 2 reactions that I get from people after the first issue. This is a mature comic so there is a sex scene, and it starts off with a grizzly birth scene that can be a huge turn off for some people. At least you can read the first issue for free online and see if it's something you'd like to invest in :)
There is a lot of talent behind this comic. Vaughan has had a fantastic career and has written for a number of publishers(I know him best for his work on Vertigo's "Y: The Last Man")and also wrote for the TV series "Lost". Staples is undoubtedly one of the best upcoming female artists out there, who I know only from her work on IDW's "Mystery Society". She has a very definitive broad-stroke style that I personally find to be really fluid and clear.
The Universe "Saga" takes place in is exceptionally dark and twisted. The art style does a lot to turn what could be a dark/gritty setting into something a bit brighter, when this is combined with Vaughan's dark sense of humour it really gives the impression of a comic that doesn't take itself too seriously. I personally find this to be a bit of a relief in a field where it is hard to find humorousness when surrounded with gritty adult comics focussing on making as "mean" a world as possible.
The character design is great as well. Being a completely original piece of Sci-Fi work expect to see characters of all shapes and sizes!Read more ›
I got to the end of this book, put it down, and said aloud, "Wow!"
The plot is simple: two mismatched lovers (he's a pacificist vegetarian magic-user, she isn't) from societies at war with each other are on the run (with their newly born baby) from both sides.
But that's the only thing that's simple. She comes from Landfall, a giant planet and he comes from Wreath, Landfall's very large moon. Rather than destroy each other's worlds, both societies take the battle out into the galaxy and hire other races to help fight their enemy. Most of the races seem to have some human-like resemblance but whether or not this is far future and we're seeing a diverse and vastly diverged humanity or just aliens isn't clear. Even the use of some familiar personal names (like Hazel) may be just a means to ease the reader into the story.
The background is potentially very complicated but Vaughan skillfully (greatly aided by the attractive clean-lined quality of Staples' art) and accessibly establishes the scenario and the characters, both lead and supporting. Our two heroes are very engaging and likeable and all the supporting characters are interesting (such as the hired assassin who will kill children for pay but hates paedophiles; he also has a psychic felinoid).Read more ›
The writing is excellent, interesting likeable characters in an exciting and imaginative world. The story is fast paced and full of surprises and the art is consistently excellent.
There is of course a serious side here with a backdrop of mixed race parenting and ingrained ignorance and hate but it never dominates to the point of stopping it being a hugely enjoyable tale. There's plenty to think about but fun is always the focus.
If you're a big fan of Sci Fi epic adventures in the vein of Star Wars and the like then I'd recommend this, it is a lot of fun.
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Introduced by my partner, loved it couldn't get enough and now up to date with them all. Can't wait to see what happens next :)Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
For those of you who want a break from superhero comics, and wants to find a publisher other than DC or MARVEL, then SAGA from Image comics would be a great place to start! Read morePublished 22 days ago by Amazon Customer
One of my favourite comics recently. Love the art style, colours, creativity and story line. Don't be reading this out in public though to avoid getting looks for staring at weird... Read morePublished 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic artwork and rich interesting world and characters. Great read, delivered fast and great price. Perfect buy.Published 1 month ago by Mr Sam Slater
First of the Saga series. i much prefer my indie type of comics and had this recommended to me by a few people. Fantastic! Love the art work. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rebecca Roberts
Just the pinnacle of modern comics. If Game of Thrones is the aim for modern fantasy in novels, Saga is the aim for Modern Fantasy and Sci-Fi in comics. Just spectacular.Published 2 months ago by Douglas
I don't normally read graphic novels but I was in the mood for something different and the Saga series came highly recommended by several friends so I took a chance on it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sarah (Feeling Fictional)