Saga, Vol. 1

Saga, Vol. 1

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 bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, 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 d...

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Title:Saga, Vol. 1
Author:Brian K. Vaughan
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ISBN:1607066017
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:160 pages

Saga, Vol. 1 Reviews

  • Amanda
    Jul 21, 2012

    How to describe

    ? It's like someone took

    , coated it liberally in WTF, and sprinkled a little Quentin Tarantino on top. Yeah, it's some wonderfully messed up stuff.

    The planet Landfall is at war with one of its moons, known as Wreath. The indigenous people of Landfall seem reliant on technology and sport some nifty little insect-like wings, while the people of Wreath have horns (they may be my favorites as each character in the later issues has horns varying from rhino, to antelope, to

    How to describe

    ? It's like someone took

    , coated it liberally in WTF, and sprinkled a little Quentin Tarantino on top. Yeah, it's some wonderfully messed up stuff.

    The planet Landfall is at war with one of its moons, known as Wreath. The indigenous people of Landfall seem reliant on technology and sport some nifty little insect-like wings, while the people of Wreath have horns (they may be my favorites as each character in the later issues has horns varying from rhino, to antelope, to ox--you get the idea) and are skilled in the use of magic. The war between these cultures has become an accepted part of life, the hatred of the enemy deeply ingrained in both species.

    Now enter Marko and Alana, from Wreath and Landfall, respectively, who are ex-soldiers in this war. Defying their cultures, they have fallen in love and the birth of their newborn child, Hazel, has marked them for termination by basically everyone in the universe. Both have known violence and are adept at using it to protect each other and Hazel. On the run from the numerous assassins tracking them, they banter away like a married couple and slowly reveal the history that brought them to this juncture.

    And now a convenient list of the absurdities that await the

    reader, so you can gauge whether or not the "WTF" element is for you:

    --a planet known as Sextillion that specializes in, you guessed it, sex

    --prostitutes that consist of giant heads teetering on top of Rockette style legs

    --a forest that actually grows rocketships

    --a race of robots that have television screens for heads

    --graphic sex scene featuring the aforementioned robots

    --a topless assassin who is all woman (sans arms) from the waist up and all arachnid from the waist down

    --the ghost of a teenage girl who must have suffered a gruesome death as she's nothing but hanging intestines from the waist down; naturally, she tags along as Hazel's "babysitter"

    --and LYING CAT, my new favorite comic book character is a giant feline sidekick to The Will, one of the assassins contacted about offing Marko and Alana; Lying Cat can detect whether or not others are engaging in a bit of creative truth telling

    While the base storyline is one we've read before, the execution is unlike anything I've ever read. Vaughan gleefully injects new and intriguing absurdities into the premise and it's really difficult to get a fix on where this sucker is going--but that's part of the great thing. The ride is so much fun that I really don't care. The artwork by Fiona Staples has a raw and edgy quality that suits the storyline perfectly.

    I've been getting the monthly issues, which have the added benefit of a letters section in which Vaughan responds to reader letters. The results are often hilarious and I find myself looking forward to this section with the same anticipation I look forward to the storyline.

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  • Kemper
    Nov 30, 2012

    Some of the elements in

    :

    1) Star crossed lovers who were soldiers in opposing armies of an intersteller war who have a baby and are being hunted by both sides.

    2) A royal family comprised of humanistic robots with TVs for heads.

    3) Magic

    4) Ghosts.

    5) A bounty hunter with a giant cat that acts as a lie detector.

    6) A forest that grows wooden rocketships

    And that’s just the start.

    I’m a huge fan of Vaughan’s

    and

    so no surprise that I loved this. What is surprising is just

    Some of the elements in

    :

    1) Star crossed lovers who were soldiers in opposing armies of an intersteller war who have a baby and are being hunted by both sides.

    2) A royal family comprised of humanistic robots with TVs for heads.

    3) Magic

    4) Ghosts.

    5) A bounty hunter with a giant cat that acts as a lie detector.

    6) A forest that grows wooden rocketships

    And that’s just the start.

    I’m a huge fan of Vaughan’s

    and

    so no surprise that I loved this. What is surprising is just how bat shit crazy he made this story. Yes,

    was about the sudden deaths of almost every male on earth, and

    used the idea of a super hero as the mayor of New York right after 9/11, but both of those started with the real world as the baseline and then explored what happened if you introduced a fantastic element to it.

    has no similar foundation in a recognizable reality, yet once again Vaughan creates familiar and likeable characters that you can’t help but root for. Alana and Marko’s quest to find a safe place to raise their baby is something that anyone can relate to. When they bicker, it reads like real people squabbling. So even though he has horns like a ram and she looks like Rosario Dawson with wings, they could be any young couple trying to protect themselves and their child in desperate circumstances. That the circumstances are like a dream that Neil Gaiman would have while running a high fever and taking too much cold medicine is just the window dressing that make the story so much fun.

    It’s like a sci-fi fairy tale with a layer of gritty realism to it. It’s also one of the best comics I’ve read recently, and I can’t wait to see how this story plays out.

  • Patrick
    Jan 15, 2013

    Merciful Buddha, this was so good.

    It's *so* good I wish I hadn't started reading it so soon. Now I have to wait for the next book to come out.

    I hate it when I have to wait the next book in a series to come out.

    Don't you hate it when you have to wait for the next book in a series to come out?

  • Emily May
    May 08, 2013

    There's an awful lot of crap in the graphic novel world, but it's strangely wonderful little gems like

    that make rummaging through the rest of it feel completely worth the effort. This first volume is a bizarre, imaginative and very funny beginning to what I'm hoping will be a fantastic series. I've read bits here and there of Vaughan's work in the past but this is the first one to make me need to see what else he has in store for us. I honestly have no idea how he comes up with thi

    There's an awful lot of crap in the graphic novel world, but it's strangely wonderful little gems like

    that make rummaging through the rest of it feel completely worth the effort. This first volume is a bizarre, imaginative and very funny beginning to what I'm hoping will be a fantastic series. I've read bits here and there of Vaughan's work in the past but this is the first one to make me need to see what else he has in store for us. I honestly have no idea how he comes up with this stuff: soldiers turned star-crossed lovers from opposing armies are on the run from both sides with their newborn child. Not so crazy... until you add a bunch of ghosts, a huge cat that can tell when someone is lying, a royal family of robots... and somehow, amazingly, it all works.

    The main characters - Alana and Marko - make an hilarious and lovable duo that also offer a realistic portrayal of a relationship between two young lovers with a baby they hadn't planned for. They love each other and their baby daughter. They bicker. They support each other. As different as they may first seem from us regular humans, they are also easy to relate to and I was surprised at how quickly I found myself invested in their story. Alana is tough, loves a good dose of sarcasm and snark, and she isn't afraid to say what she thinks or kick some ass if the occasion calls for it. Gentle, well-meaning pacifist Marko is the complete opposite and they balance each other out so well.

    It's strange how easily Vaughan managed to juggle several subplots in just 160 pages. The story jumps from scene to scene, introducing new characters at every turn but somehow dealing each one out with enough impact to ensure you don't forget who they are when you're redirected to the next exciting subplot. I, for one, am very excited to see what volume two will bring and I may have to check out some of Vaughan's other series in the meantime or I risk going crazy waiting for more.

  • Lola  Reviewer
    Jul 25, 2015

    Woah. I mean,

    . There are so many things to love about this comic. The plot, the atmosphere, the characters, the action, the magic… those things… oh my. What I’ve seen so far impressed me, grandly, and if it weren’t because I highly wanted to review this book right away, I would be right this moment halfway through the second volume. Goddamn cliffhanger. Loved it.

    Now, this comic is composed of so many elements that I never dreamed I would one day come to mightily admire, such as monsters, we

    Woah. I mean,

    . There are so many things to love about this comic. The plot, the atmosphere, the characters, the action, the magic… those things… oh my. What I’ve seen so far impressed me, grandly, and if it weren’t because I highly wanted to review this book right away, I would be right this moment halfway through the second volume. Goddamn cliffhanger. Loved it.

    Now, this comic is composed of so many elements that I never dreamed I would one day come to mightily admire, such as monsters, weird chimeras/creatures, a futuristic or alternative setting and world and killings everywhere and all the time. It just

    . The story follows not only the main characters with their baby but others – such as their pursuers – as well. There’s not a single uninteresting moment. It’s fast-paced, it’s imaginative, creative, amazingly drawn and there’s one hell of a love story inside it!

    But it’s not only that. It’s not only a love story or one about war and its consequences. I see something big coming, something important. I can feel it, and you’ll feel it too. I’m positive the soldiers, with the help of some allies, will save the world. Oops, huge spoiler if I’m right ;)

  • Kat O'Keeffe
    Aug 05, 2015

    THIS WAS SO GOOD! I held off on buying the rest of the series before I started because I wanted to make sure I liked it, and now I'm so frustrated I can't continue IMMEDIATELY! The art, the characters, the tone, THE STORY--I'M LOVING IT ALL.

    MORE PLEASE NOW THANK YOU.

  • karen
    Aug 15, 2015

    this question is a reaction to the sight of this:

    but it could be asked in response to seeing many of the other creatures appearing in this story.

    it's got unicorn people

    torsoless sex workers

    teevee-head people

    seahorse people

    and … this

    the story centers around a second timeless question:

    why,

    two assholes, that's who:

    these incredibly attractive characters are supposed to hate each other, due to the longstanding war between their respective peoples, but they fall in love in that romant

    this question is a reaction to the sight of this:

    but it could be asked in response to seeing many of the other creatures appearing in this story.

    it's got unicorn people

    torsoless sex workers

    teevee-head people

    seahorse people

    and … this

    the story centers around a second timeless question:

    why,

    two assholes, that's who:

    these incredibly attractive characters are supposed to hate each other, due to the longstanding war between their respective peoples, but they fall in love in that romantical star-crossed way; a classic tale of 'he's got horns, she's got wings,' and they make a baby together, where all of the grand beauty of childbirth is depicted.

    and

    despite how really freaking beautiful they are, their love is considered treason, and the baby an abomination in the eyes of both their people, so the family is forced to flee to the furthest corners of the galaxy, pursued by a number of bounty hunters/assassins and also a lie-detector cat

    the third question is why did i wait so long to read this? it had been recommended to me a number of times by a number of people, and i'd always kept it in the back of my mind to read "someday," but if i'd known it would be

    good, i would have kicked myself in the ass towards it a long time ago.

    this is a triumph of art, story, and concept, it's funny as hell, and i love the characters - not just our two protagonists, but even those who are in pursuit of them. which results in very conflicted loyalties, but it's one of the strengths of this story - that it's not all black/white, good/evil, or in the words of the book:

    .

    there's great character development and worldbuilding and i'm going to try to pace myself with reading these, so i don't end up with another

    situation on my hands, where i plow through 10 books and then have to endure the agony of waiting for my next fix. (i say that, but i've already read the second one and bought the third, and there's only five so far, so i will likely break this vow)

    in any event, i'm hooked.

    marko and alana 4eva!

  • Steph Sinclair
    Oct 15, 2015

    Oh my goodness. I need the next one immediately. Loved the story, artwork and premise. Didn't love some of the language. Review to come.

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    FINALLY READING THIS. \(^o^)/

  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
    Jul 18, 2016

    Read it, read it NOW. #thatisall

    Before anything else, it must be said that SAGA is the most beautiful and hideous, the most hopeful and fatalistic, the most graphic, and the most adorable thing I have ever read or seen.

    It is ALL the things.

    The very first page of the very first chapter sets the tone for the whole series (thus far):

    You're slapped in the face with the wonder and the ICK of childbirth. Some of you might think

    Read it, read it NOW. #thatisall

    Before anything else, it must be said that SAGA is the most beautiful and hideous, the most hopeful and fatalistic, the most graphic, and the most adorable thing I have ever read or seen.

    It is ALL the things.

    The very first page of the very first chapter sets the tone for the whole series (thus far):

    You're slapped in the face with the wonder and the ICK of childbirth. Some of you might think the bodily fluids, the wordless, guttural shouts that accompany the pushing, and the million other aspects of child labor are part of the miracle, and you're allowed . . .

    In an abstract way, I'm not sure I disagree. But from an impartial bystander perspective . . . all of that is the opposite side of the bringing-a-new-life-that-you-helped-create-into-the-world coin.

    It's gross, man.

    And if that's a juxtaposition you don't think you can appreciate, then I'm going to go ahead and say goodbye until next time. There is nothing for you here.

    B/c that's what SAGA

    : finding the beauty in the ugliness of life.

    It's overcoming a lifetime of ingrained prejudice only to discover your victory was merely the first hurdle in the journey. It's growing apart b/c life is life, then coming back together in the face of shared tragedy.

    It's the determination to remain bitter about past slights opening the door to a new path. It is pain and loss and healing and forgiveness, and it's continuing to put one foot in front of the other, b/c more than anything else, you have to keep moving.

    It's life. With all the accompanying brilliance and horror, and it is masterfully done. I flew through all six collected volumes in an afternoon, and I seriously doubt I'll have the willpower to wait for the next collection before reading the individually released chapters.

    That's a first in the graphic novel arena, by the way. But I see serial releases in my future, and I'm not even going to try to fight it.

    Marko and Alana are two soldiers on opposite sides of a war, who, against all odds, fall in love.

    SAGA is their story, and it's the story of the ripples their love makes in the pond of their universe. There were times I thought my heart would burst with happiness, and there were times that I felt physically ill.

    Two sides. One coin.

    Your turn. Highly recommended to mature adults.

  • Saania Zee Jamal ϟ
    Sep 19, 2016

    Hmmm, a few pages before bed won't hurt, I'll just read the first chapter for now.

    (note that this is a school night)

    (because no biggie)

    (#noragretz)

    One word to sum it all up: unfuckingputdownable.