- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Image Comics; 01 edition (23 Oct. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1607066017
- ISBN-13: 978-1607066019
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 1.3 x 25.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Saga Volume 1 (Saga (Comic Series)) Paperback – 23 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 ›
In 2015 I picked up my first couple of graphic novels, the first was the illustrated WOOL by Hugh Howey which was awesome and the second was the excellent Nimona by Noelle Stevenson which made me long for something else as colourful and fun to read.
Saga filled the bill.
As well as colourful and fun, I could add gruesome, bloody, violent, erotic, hot, sexy, scary and bizarre to list, oh and it looks beautiful, like s*** hot crazy beautiful.
Alana and Marko our leading characters are star crossed lovers, on the run and up the duff. If you are not keen on graphic birth scenes then avoid the first couple of pages as the novel kicks off with Alana giving birth to our narrator, it is not a quiet scene!
The book follows our young lovers both of them soldiers from opposing forces that have fallen in love against all that they know and believe, they are on the run and the child that they have brought in to the world should never have been.
This is only volume one of this epic series so I am not going to go deep in to what happens but many stories cross over Marko and Alana's such as the bounty hunter on their trail, The Will who has a wonderfully sarcastic feline companion Lying Cat plus the freakish looking Prince Robot IV who is also after the pair, and I better not forget the incredible arachnid lady Stalk who may make you look at spiders in a different light.
Whether you are new reader to graphic novels like me or a veteran, read Saga, it is a rip roaring crazy sci fi ride across the vast galaxy with a cast of beautifully illustrated characters that jump of the page at you and I hope you love it as much as I do.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed the artwork and the story - damn it being so short though!! Will definitely be buying the next one asapPublished 21 days ago by Kindle Customer
So is Saga worth the hype?
Well. Honestly? No.
But it is very very good and there's nothing else that's quite like it. Read more
This is just a soap with alien types, which is supposed to hide that it is just a soap. Where to go for something great in graphic novels right now? Read morePublished 2 months ago by Simon Turner
Great art. Poor writing. Cliched, uninspired characters. That this is getting good reviews says a lot about the general cultural level of most (not all) comic fans.Published 3 months ago by unaffiliated
I recently purchased Saga Volume 1 based on good word of mouth. After reading the first volume, I have already purchased the next three to take on holiday with me. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Terence Barber
Amazing story and beautiful artwork. I was immediately hooked and have continued to buy the rest in the series. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Fiona B