The Creators of 'Saga' Recommend Books for Their Fans

Posted by Cybil on August 30, 2018



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Earlier this year, the co-creators of the hugely popular comic book series Saga announced that they'd be going on hiatus until at least 2019.

During the last six years, writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Fiona Staples have created 54 issues of the epic space opera about a young couple on the run.

But Saga fans shouldn't worry: Volume #9 (which includes issues 49 to 54) will be published in October—and Vaughan and Staples are offering these reading recommendations to tide you over until they return.

"Fiona and I are very grateful to readers for their passionate response to the end of Saga’s ninth volume and for supporting our upcoming extended 'intermission,'" says Vaughan. "While you’re waiting for Hazel to return (we promise, her story’s just begun), here are a few of our recommended reads to help keep you company…"

Brian K. Vaughan's Book Recommendations
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"I’ve literally never read anything like this 'genre-defying' sorta-anthology thing, but it’s f---ing awesome. The writing is strange and deeply unsettling, and the artwork is gorgeous. The new comic I most look forward to reading each month."


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"I read this 1955 classic after a Saga reader recommended it. Wise, hilarious, scary, genuinely subversive, and feels like it was written tomorrow."


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"The most romantic comic out there. So good. One of those stories you fall right inside of."


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"It was hard to track down a physical copy of this after it was nominated for the Man Booker prize, but absolutely worth the effort. This is the best standalone graphic novel of and about this decade."


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"This ingeniously filthy 21st-century fantasy, written and drawn by the legendary Steve Skroce, makes Saga look tame. Full disclosure: Steve is the co-creator of our graphic novel We Stand on Guard, but I think that book’s aged pretty damn well, so I don’t mind shamelessly plug-within-a-plugging it here."


Fiona Staples' Book Recommendations
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"The art in this zombie comic makes it feel like a nutty ’60s cartoon. So fun!"


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"The first collection of short stories featuring Geralt of Rivia, of The Witcher video game series. I didn't know what to do with myself after I finished The Witcher 3, so I dove into the dark and funny source material."


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"This comic is penciled and inked by Tyler Jenkins, and Hilary Jenkins lovingly hand-paints each page with watercolors. A beautiful, dreamy prairie mystery."


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"This novel follows an elderly couple who realize their village is suffering from collective amnesia and decide to go questing for their nearly forgotten son. Graceful and bittersweet fantasy."


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"Detective Artie Buckle’s new partner is a super weird tentacled alien, drawn with lots of gooiness. This is an awesome monster comic packed with jokes and fascinating background details."




Do you have reading recommendations for graphic novel fans? Share your suggestions in the comments!

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message 1: by Harrison (new)

Harrison Lamb Well I’m gonna need something to fill the void of waiting until next year for Saga to come back! 😭 Must admit these all look pretty interesting, though. 📚📚📚


message 2: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Good thing I'm only on Vol. 2 right now! ;) I immediately bought 2 and 3 when I finished 1!


Heather Codename: ♕Duchess♕ Currently reading The Last Wish right now and am loving it. I can't wait to read the rest of the books.


message 4: by Maggie (last edited Aug 30, 2018 07:15AM) (new)

Maggie I still haven't been able to read Vol. 8, even though I preordered it and it's been sitting on my bookcase ever since it came out. Vol. 7 just broke me so thoroughly and completely.


message 5: by Tameko (new)

Tameko Sleepless is awesome!


message 6: by Brent (new)

Brent I think lots of Saga readers should also enjoy Paper Girls, by Vaughan together with artist Cliff Chiang. Paper Girls, Vol. 1


message 7: by David (new)

David Murgo I'll definitely check out the Steve Skroce book (and probably others). He's an artist whose work I've loved over the years.


message 8: by Shel (new)

Shel Great. Adding to my #TBRlist!


message 9: by TRACE (new)

TRACE thank you for this! will definitely check out some of these as i deal with my saga-induced grief


message 10: by Mackenzie (new)

Mackenzie Melo Well, then it is good than that I still have to catch up on some Saga volumes that I have sitting on my shelf and didn't read yet!


message 11: by Rachel O (new)

Rachel O I just caught upon the last few volumes of Saga, so can’t wait for volume 9 - I’ll have to give some of these a try during the hiatus!


message 12: by Jenny Baker (new)

Jenny Baker I'm caught up on Saga and patiently waiting for volume #9. I loved Paper Girls! I have some other Brian K. Vaughan series to read to hold me over until Saga returns. I just started Runaways and loving it. I haven't read Y: The Last Man yet, but I'll pick up that series next!


message 13: by mo (new)

mo so glad to see sleepless on here! it's a wonderful comic.


message 14: by Robert (new)

Robert I'm in for Sleepless, hadn't heard of it until now and I confess myself intrigued.


message 15: by Spencer (new)

Spencer Shively Elyse wrote: "Good thing I'm only on Vol. 2 right now! ;) I immediately bought 2 and 3 when I finished 1!"

I recommend reading the series in 3 volume bursts. The arcs usually break down as such


message 16: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Spencer wrote: "I recommend reading the series in 3 volume bursts. The arcs usually break down as such"

Thank you for the tip!


Amy "the book-bat" I'm way behind here as I have not read any Saga yet. Just added every one of these suggestions to my TBR because they all sound so amazing! Hoping I can find some of these through my library.


message 18: by Tishy (new)

Tishy Wishy Just finished Vol 8 this week and looking forward to Vol 9 (but so sad it will be on hiatus!). Happy for these recommendations tho.


message 19: by Natalie (new)

Natalie S I took out Saga from my local library and then still and to buy them! Just too good, had to own them for myself. I also really enjoyed Y: The Last Man, (Vol. 1: Unmanned http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15...)


message 20: by Lateef (new)

Lateef Thanks for the recommendation. Some good books here.


message 21: by Samantha (new)

Samantha So looking forward to diving into these recommendations!


message 22: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Great post, thanks!

I also recommend the Sunstone series, by Stjepan Šejić. Excellent read!

Sunstone, Vol. 1 by Stjepan Šejić Sunstone, Vol. 2 by Stjepan Šejić Sunstone, Vol. 3 by Stjepan Šejić Sunstone, Vol. 4 by Stjepan Šejić Sunstone, Vol. 5 by Stjepan Šejić


message 23: by Jay (new)

Jay DiNitto Saga doesn't interest me but some of his recommendations look great.


message 24: by Spencer (new)

Spencer Shively Elyse wrote: "Spencer wrote: "I recommend reading the series in 3 volume bursts. The arcs usually break down as such"

Thank you for the tip!"


No problem! I've only read vol 1-6 but I read them 1-3 then waited awhile and read 4-6. So excited for vol 9 to be released so I can catch up all the way. I just find that it reads too quickly if you just read a single volume and it seems to be broken down in 3 volume arcs anyway haha so I like to sit down and read 3 volumes in a single sitting. Pretty great experience in my opinion haha


message 25: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Spencer wrote: "No problem! I've only read vol 1-6 but I read them 1-3 then waited awhile and read 4-6. So excited for vol 9 to be released so I can catch up all the way. I just find that it reads too quickly if you just read a single volume and it seems to be broken down in 3 volume arcs anyway haha so I like to sit down and read 3 volumes in a single sitting. Pretty great experience in my opinion haha..."

Glad I got 2 and 3 together then! Because yes, there's definitely that in-law cliffhanger at the end of Vol 1. lol


message 26: by Marc (new)

Marc Brent wrote: "I think lots of Saga readers should also enjoy Paper Girls, by Vaughan together with artist Cliff Chiang. Paper Girls, Vol. 1"

Good call--I agree!


message 27: by Ronyell (new)

Ronyell Awww man!!! Oh well, these books sound awesome! I'll try to read these once Saga comes back next year!


message 28: by Spencer (new)

Spencer Shively Elyse wrote: "Spencer wrote: "No problem! I've only read vol 1-6 but I read them 1-3 then waited awhile and read 4-6. So excited for vol 9 to be released so I can catch up all the way. I just find that it reads ..."

Yes for sure. No spoilers but I wasn't a huge fan of volume 4, but having 5 and 6 to read right after definitely gave me more to work with so it also helps in that sense in case any of the volumes aren't your favorite of the series you still have more of the arc to get through


message 29: by Jessie (new)

Jessie Currently reading Saga Vol.2, so, for now, I'm good.


message 30: by Tintina (new)

Tintina Love this! Thank you Fiona, Brian and Cybil!


message 31: by Lindsey (new)

Lindsey Wow so many great recs I've never heard of! Can't wait to explore these! Thanks! Easier to be patient when there is more to come!


message 32: by Kchaka (new)

Kchaka hi everyone how i can open those books to read i cant please help 😭


message 33: by Hamsa (new)

Hamsa Amin Sleepless is amazing, cant wait for Vol. 2


message 34: by Elyse (new)

Elyse Kchaka wrote: "hi everyone how i can open those books to read i cant please help 😭"

Goodreads is not a website to read books on. It is for tracking your reading, talking about books, and finding new titles. You have to buy books. Or go to the library.


message 35: by Kchaka (new)

Kchaka ok thank you very much #Elyse


message 36: by Theresa (new)

Theresa As if I needed another reason appreciate them :P These are great recommendations!


message 37: by Christopher (new)

Christopher (Donut) Brent wrote: "I think lots of Saga readers should also enjoy Paper Girls, by Vaughan together with artist Cliff Chiang. Paper Girls, Vol. 1"

Brent, ditto that. I'm not a fan of Saga, but I thought Paper Girls was awesome.


message 38: by LJF (new)

LJF Stephen McCranie's Space Boy Volume 2, no question-- easily one of the greatest graphic novels out there, plus it's another space Odyssey.


message 39: by Sergio (new)

Sergio Juarez Great list!


message 40: by Melinda (new)

Melinda Unsounded - Volume 1: The Zombie & The Brat EVERYONE should be reading Unsounded by Ashley Cope: (http://www.casualvillain.com/Unsounde...). Cope's artwork is amazing and just gets better as the story progresses. Her world building is second to none, and the writing is flawless. The story is horrific, hilarious, pulse-pounding, thought provoking, and heart-rending (I defy you to finish Chapter 7 without shedding a tear). I actually found this epic web comic through Saga (Fiona Staples mentioned loving the author's artwork), and it has since replaced Saga as my favourite Graphic Novel (Yes, it's a web comic, but you can buy the first three as trades... if you hurry!) I'm a patron, but you can check it out free of charge. And you should!! If the lead character annoys you a bit at first, keep reading; the cast of characters is vast and diverse and you'll find someone(s) to love. Plus Sette really grows on you. Give it a try; you won't regret it.


message 41: by Elyse (new)

Elyse I just finished Vol. 7 and cannot move on. I'm so heartbroken!!!! 😭


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