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Saga, Volume 1 (Saga: Collected Editions #1)

4.32 of 5 stars 4.32  ·  rating details  ·  50,894 ratings  ·  4,437 reviews
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 universe. When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile ...more
Paperback, 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?
Kat Stark
May 21, 2015 Kat Stark rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Kat Stark by: Komal

Buddyread with Magneto Hershey (Click to read her review)

Second Book: Saga, Vol. 2
Third Book: Saga, Vol. 3
Fourth Book: Saga, Vol. 4

WOW, fan-fucking-tastic is what this was. I usually don't give too much of the plot away when I review something that I love dearly. This is where that happens.

Instead, I will give you a list of weirdness and fuckery that goes on in this book, but just the right amount for me to fall completely in love with the series (and yes, I will read every single one eventua
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
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

No words. Just emotions.

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
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Mar 16, 2015 ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) by: Alexa
What just happened?

Time for uniformative review #2568

Coolest husband/wife team ever

Baby narrative

Lying cat

Ghost kids


This is was I get for marrying a vegetarian! Even the goddam plants want to eat us!


Cheap romance recs being thrown at me again

People with television set heads doing...things

PG-13 version:

X-rated version

Sexy freelancer with a heart. Sort of.

Tree spaceship

So. What just happened?

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.

This is my first buddy read with everyone's favorite Book Boar!

So. Saga, right?


I was starting to feel like the only person in the universe who hadn't read Vaughan's supposedly fantastic title. But I don't generally go for the weird shit. Especially if they don't wear spandex.
And I knew if I hated this, the comic book mafia would be coming for me.
I'm a big enough person that I can admit that I was really really a little scared of my fellow nerdlings being disappointed in me.
However, unlike my f
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Mar 31, 2015 Kelly (and the Book Boar) rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Kelly (and the Book Boar) by: Everyone
Find all of my reviews at:

After months of temper tantrum throwing at the local bibliothek about them not having any copies of Saga in circulation, I finally managed to score Volume 1 at the local Half Price Books store (and because of a coupon I got it for the bargain basement price of $3.20 – HOLLA!). Then Goodreads’ resident Queen of all Things . . . oh wait, that’s Oprah . . . Queen of Comics, Anne, said she was up for a buddy read. Being that EVERYONE loved
The Holy Terror
Jul 13, 2013 The Holy Terror rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of The Fifth Element
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
David "proud member of Branwen's adventuring party"
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
Dylan Williams
I have never read anything like this before in my life, and it was flippin fantastic! I don't even know where to begin explaining my love for this; its really impressive how much of this universe is explored in such a small amount of time. The characterisation is done really well, there isn't a single character that I haven't been impressed with so far - in particular I am loving the voice of the narrator! The art is beautiful and fits the story perfectly, right down to the subtle details like w ...more
Karly *The Vampire Ninja & Luminescent Monster*

He is a complete dunce when it comes to being a father, absolutely ridiculous.... but I love him anyways!

Real review to come, when my brain is firing on all cylinders again.


I’m going to break from traditionally reviewing here, there are a whole slew of reviews out there that will tell you all you need to know about Saga, instead I am going to give you a list.

Five Reasons Why You Should Read Saga

1.)The humour! I was busting a gut while reading
Jun 17, 2015 Markus rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Markus by: Alexa
A dramatic sci-fi love story set in a galaxy at war. The drawings are beautiful, the humour is great, and the characters are just awesome.

The story and the setting were not as developed and interesting as the concept and the characters, and as a beginning it felt a bit too chaotic. Nevertheless, I look very much forward to reading the next issues.
This was my first graphic novel, and I can't stop thinking 'WHY is this my FIRST graphic novel?!' That was freaking amazing.

"This is what I get for marrying a vegetarian! Even the plants want us dead!"
^^My favorite line! As a vegetarian myself, I found this hilarious.
It took me three days to read this volume. Not because it was boring or because I didn't have time to read it. It took me three days to read it because I wanted it to last. I didn't want it to be a fast read. I wanted to savour it, make it last, enjoy every page, the art the story. EVERYTHING! It got humor, love, action and some really good art.

I loved this graphic novel. I mean this is the first I have bought in a long time. And, I bought it because of all I ever saw was people praising it. Any
Buddy read with the amazing Kat Stark

Top Five Reasons Why You Should Read Saga

1. The Illustrations are fucking beautiful.


The work done by Fiona Staples is authentic and beautiful and just perfect. You don't need words to express what the characters are feeling. Their perfect, perfect expressions will tell you everything. You don't want to miss this.

2. Its Craziness

We all love our daily dose of weirdness. Who wants a perfect life with perfect friends and family? We need a bit of craziness
Dᴀɴ 2.☢
May 30, 2015 Dᴀɴ 2.☢ rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Dᴀɴ 2.☢ by: Kat Stark goes, this was my first foray into the land of comics ahem graphic novel (not sure if that supposed to make it sound more adult or what). But anyway I finally decided to wade into that shallow end if you will. See what all the fuss was about.

So what pray tell do you suppose I found? Well for one thing, a surprisingly fun little story. Also some really beautiful artwork. Sure at times it could come off as a little juvenile, but I was expecting that going in, so it really didn't bothe
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
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
Fantastic! My most enjoyed comic I've read so far!

As I have only just started reading graphic novels/comic series I didn't really know where to start, I had heard so much about Saga from various booktube friends so I decided to give it a go - and boy am I glad I did!

- This follows the story of two star-crossed lovers who are in the middle of a galactic war that spans across the universe. In desperate need to escape and protect their new-born baby they are now on the run from their respective spe
May 22, 2014 Evgeny rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Evgeny by: Mimi
Shelves: comics
A good and brief description of this graphic novel would be Romeo and Juliette is science fiction settings. Two soldiers from opposing armies fall in love and have a child. Now they are on the run from both sides which try to kill the renegades using any means necessary. I mentioned science fiction, but it would be wrong as while one side of the conflict uses hi-tech machinery and gadgets (the one with wings), the other side uses good old magic (the one with horns). This makes the genre a mix 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

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
Há muito que queria começar a ler esta série e tentei não ter as expetativas muito altas apesar de só ouvir coisas positivas sobre ela.

E a verdade é que gostei bastante! O que me chamou mais a atenção foram mesmo as personagens com as suas personalidades vincadas. Adorei mesmo e mal posso esperar para as continuar a acompanhar.

Só me senti meia perdida por vezes no meio de tanta informação nova mas acredito que ao longo da série me vou conseguir situar...

A arte é bem colorida e gostei bastante d
Jamie-leigh Haughn

That was a fantastic, yet very graphic, graphic novel! It wasn't at all what I expected and I found the story very weird, yet very addicting! I've never read anything like it before. Im excited to continue on with the series!
Alienor ๑ is waiting for July ๑
4 *unexpected* stars That's really huge for me.

Review to come.

I want the same.

Patty  (BookishWanderlove)
Um...I'm not really sure what to say about this one. I mean it was good, don't get me wrong! But maybe this was yet another one I had high expectations of. Interesting artwork, the storyline was weird...but still good! I will definitely be continuing with this series :).
Ughhhhh Soooooo Gooooooooood
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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
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“Once upon a time, each of us was somebody's kid.

Everyone had a father, even if he never provided anything more than his seed.

Everyone had a mother, even if she had to leave us on a stranger's doorstep.

No matter how we're eventually raised, all of our stories begin the exact same way.

They all end the same, too.”
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