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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 fight...more
Graphic Novel, 160 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Image Comics (first published October 10th 2012)
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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?
Some of the elements in Saga:

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 Y: The Last Man and Ex Machina so no surprise that I loved this. What is surprising is just...more
How to describe Saga? It's like someone took Firefly, 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...more
The Holy Terror
Breast-feeding on the cover of a graphic novel! These are the two opening pages:

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How could you not want to continue reading? I had an inkling I had something special in my hands and I definitely wasn't disappointed. The humor is Ilona Andrews-esque, the story and characters are incredibly compelling, and the artwork is stunning. I preordered Saga, Vol. 2 before I was even finished reading. This graphic novel blends romance, science ficti...more
Emily May
May 31, 2013 Emily May rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Emily May by: Tatiana
There's an awful lot of crap in the graphic novel world, but it's strangely wonderful little gems like Saga, Vol. 1 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...more
Megan Baxter
I was never really grabbed by Y: The Last Man. I read several of the collected editions, and it was really a resounding "meh." Didn't hate it, didn't love it. Thought the writing was not that great, the dialogue not that sparkling. (My husband and I refer to this as needing some value of X more "milliwhedons.")

I like Saga quite a lot more.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

In the...more
David Green
Some people say that graphic novels aren't a legitimate form of great literature...I say that those people have clearly never read Saga!

The planet of Landfall is at war with the moon of Wreath, and the conflict has managed to engulf the entire galaxy, with combatants from multiple worlds choosing sides to fight on. In a time filled with hatred and violence, two soldiers from opposite sides manage to find love and solace in each other. After the birth of their infant daughter, Private First Cla...more
When a book opens with a childbirth scene and the first line is the mother yelling, “Am I shitting? It feels like I'm shitting!” how could I not read on?

This is mostly a prologue, like many volume 1 trades are, but I'm hooked. From the kickass Alana to her laid-back husband Marko to the ethically-complex bounty hunter The Will and his sidekick Lying Cat (a cat that says only "Lying" when someone isn't speaking the truth) to the wide variety of side characters, I want to see more of this universe...more

Any comic book I eventually picked up after The Sandman was bound to suffer in comparison, but I must say Saga held its own honourably and I ended up after 12 issues looking forward to future developments, despite initial misgivings about the deliberately, and in my opinion mostly gratuitous, provocative content and obscene language. The biggest appeal for me turns out to be Fiona Staples graphics, expressive, detailed and polished looking in an age where poor draughtsmanship, ugliness and blo...more
David Katzman
Aug 05, 2012 David Katzman rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: fans of Whedon-style sci fi
Saga is a tale of star-crossed lovers. Literally star crossed. They’re on the opposite sides of a galactic war between two species. Marko has horns like a ram and spell-casting ability. Alana comes from a more technologically advanced race with vestigial wings. Guided by royal figures who have video monitors for heads (which makes them seem to be a third species), her faction appears to have the upper hand.

The story begins with the birth of Marko and Alana’s child, an anomaly that the leaders of...more
I think I'm becoming an art snob - in truth, a snob about the craft of doing comics art. Staples does all the art duties on this book, and she is pulling off some great work, but I can't help but notice the unfinished details. Her pencils are rough, which is a stylistic choice I can respect. However, many panels look like they could've afforded another hour of finish work on them. Especially the colours or inks - they feel like there a lot of flatness to the characters, like she was in a rush an...more
Ben Wheeler-Floyd
It’s not fair to judge a comic as a whole on its first six issues, but, nonetheless, this first story of Saga left me cold.

Saga is set in the midst of an galactic-spanning conflict between the planet Landfall and its moon, Wreath. Two races, each with distinctive non-human features (wings and horns respectively) have been battling each other for generations. But because the planet and the moon are dependent on each other to maintain a stable orbit, the armies outsource the conflict to other plan...more
Wyatt Packard
Oh my gawd, I loved this so much!!! I think my fanboy is showing.

Saga is the story of star crossed lovers fighting for survival with their newborn daughter against the very forces they fought for. Alana was a Landfall soldier, tasked with guarding Wreath prisoners of war. Marko was one of those very prisoners. Defying their cultures beliefs and their planets hatred against each other, they fall in love and thus must go on the lam. The story opens with the birth of their baby girl Hazel, who narr...more
Holy crap. This was amazing. I haven't liked a comic this much since Y: The Last Man! (yes, that's me trying to flatter the hell out of Brian K. Vaughan, but the man does good comic book). Don't get me wrong, I like the comics I follow a lot and I've got many favs, but this one was so unexpected. I tend to be more of a noir, psychological thriller, country western set in space type gal.

Saga was billed as a "cross between Game of Thrones and Star Wars". I haven't watched or read Game of Thrones...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
I am kind of late posting this review. I wanted to think about it and I got sidetracked by other tasks.

First of all, I am so glad my precious local library had this! I had heard about it and was recommended this book, but graphic novels aren't in my budget. And look how the Lord does provide!

Saga is a fun, fast-paced, visually appealing graphic novel. The art is beautiful and subtle, possessing a clarity I appreciated despite the simplicity of the drawings. The lettering keeps the prose equally...more
Jan 24, 2013 Ronyell rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Fans of Crazy Interstellar Space Adventures!!!

6 stars!!!


After reading so many of Brian K. Vaughan’s works, with “Y: The Last Man” and his “Runaways” series being among the works I had read, I have been enjoying everything that Brian K. Vaughan has done over the years! But, imagine my surprise when I discovered that Brian K. Vaughan had recently created a new comic book series called “Saga!” After hearing so many good things about this comic, I just had to pick this up for myself and see what was so good about this comic and...more
Oh my God, so good! SO GOOD. A completely fresh world, diamond-sharp characters, EXCELLENT ART and MIND-BLOWING WRITING.

Brian K. Vaughan is one of my absolute favorites, and this -- the first volume in his most recent series -- reminded me why.

First Second Books
I'm enjoying this a lot-- the art is beautiful and the story is engaging and well paced.

Also there's a giant blue sphinx cat who can tell when you're lying.
David Sven
This is like Romeo and Juliet in a Star Wars-like story. Except I don’t remember Juliet taking a dump in the middle of childbirth – and that’s just in the opening scene. In fact there are quite a few coffee sputtering over the screen moments in this comic. The narrator of the story is the child being being born “Hazel.” Our new mother and father are from two sides of a war. The planet Landfall is at war with the inhabitants of it’s moon, Wreath. The Moonies have horns and can unleash magical ene...more

There are almost too many things going on in both Saga volumes. But Brian K. Vaughan (whose work I have appreciated in the Marvel universe) just balances his work enough to be decent. While there are the inclusion of elements I don't like in Game of Thrones - the excessive gratuitous elements which could be taken out and still allow for a decent story - and found much of this far too weird for my liking, I have to admit that it is a decent graphic novel.

This is a story spanning worlds, some wei...more
Oct 27, 2012 Mike rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Mike by: Graphic Novel Reading Group
Shelves: graphic-novels
This trade collects Saga issues #1-6.

Saga, the first work of Vaughan's I've read, is the very definition of "not for everyone." It contains heavy use of profanity, nudity, graphic violence and sex, and a lot of things most readers will find very unsettling. The base concept also sounds rather cliche - two people from waring worlds fall in love and wish to leave their people's conflict behind and raise their forbidden newborn child in peace.

And that classic idea is the only thing in Saga reminisc...more
Nov 17, 2013 Rob rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Rob by: Tamahome
I didn't know this sort of story was being told in graphic novels. If not for goodreads, I might never have known. The core of the story is as old as time itself really. I'm sure Romeo and Juliet wasn't the first story of star-crossed lovers, but it's probably the best known, and certainly the one that came to my mind. Two people tired of an endless war between their people find comfort in one another.

However, I don't remember robots, lightsabers, magic and monsters during my 9th grade Eng...more
The planet of Landfall and its moon, Wreath, are at war. While the nations themselves are not astronomical in size, their influence stretches across the galaxy pulling other planets and races into the conflict. When two soldiers from opposite sides meet, fall in love and produce an offspring, they try to escape the battle that has ravaged both cultures. As with most things, it isn't going to be easy. Not only have they broken some serious unwritten rules by not immediately killing one another, t...more
Stella  ☢FAYZ☢ Chen
Edit: After thinking about this, I can conclude that this series is like a better version of Locke and Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft. By that I mean the "weirdness" is better written in Saga. The weirdness had a reason; it added to the plot. In Locke and Key, it was as if Joe Hill sat down and said to himself: "Alright, how can I make this as weird as possible and ignore how there is no plot or any story development."
End of edit.

Well that was interesting.
Interesting concept.
Interesting sett...more
Brian K. Vaughan's last series was Y: The Last Man, which was acclaimed by many but left me a bit cold. Fortunately I liked this one a lot more.

Saga is set in a universe where two alien races are in a perpetual war, but the focus is on two people from opposite sides who fall in love and have a child. Most of this first volume is focused on their fight to survive, but it also does a fair bit of world-building as well. It introduces the two main races - the science based winged people of the gian...more
Gah! That was good! I want more!
Aug 09, 2013 Alex rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2013
Well, this sure has been getting a lot of attention in the comics world. Saga is the latest comic from one of comics' best authors, Brian K Vaughan, also responsible for Runaway, which might be the best straight-up superhero comic published in the 21st century, and also Y: The Last Man, which is a science fiction / dystopia epic that actually worked, so you can imagine that hopes were high for it even before he started describing it as "Star Wars for perverts," whatever that's supposed to mean....more
I feel like, for a trade paperback compilation, this was just too brief an introduction to the batshit crazy world that Vaughan has created. It has a lot of promise. There's a unique blend of gritty, edgy science fiction and magical fantasy here that has tremendous potential from an atmospheric point of view. The set-up of two species at perpetual war with star-crossed lovers caught in the crossfire, wanted by both sides and tracked down by bounty hunters is very Romeo and Juliet of course, but...more
Zachary Jernigan
OBJECTIVE RATING (my best stab at looking at the book's merits, regardless of whether or not I enjoyed it all that much): 4

PERSONAL RATING (how much the book "worked" for me personally): 3.5


A solid 3.5-4.0, and rather a surprise. I'm not a comic book person, typically finding the stories to be rather lame and one-dimensional (I disliked WATCHMEN, even), but this was quite compelling, and on various occasions emotionally rousing.

The art is generally fantastic, if oc...more
First impression: this is friggin' weird!

All done. (Don't you love how fast you can read comics?) At first I was a little put off by the sketchy art and the mixture of fantasy and sf. That mixture is like Star Wars with space ships and the mystical force, or a comic book like The Avengers with a magical Thor and a technical Iron Man. But I was definitely enjoying the book by the end. Writer Brian K. Vaughan has a talent for dialog and funny quips. I chuckled out loud many times during the readin...more
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Born in Cleveland in 1976, Brian K. Vaughan is the Eisner, Harvey, and Shuster Award-winning writer and co-creator of the critically acclaimed comics series Y: The Last Man, Runaways, and Ex Machina (picked as one of the ten best works of fiction of 2005 by Entertainment Weekly).

Recently named "Writer of the Year" by Wizard Magazine, and one of the “top ten comic writers of all time” by Comic Boo...more
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