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Saga, Vol. 1

(Saga #1)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  186,065 ratings  ·  10,625 reviews
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
Paperback, 176 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Image Comics (first published October 10th 2012)
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Nuno Tuna These are Adult Comics. Graphically and conceptually. I see a lot of people talking about excessive sex and profanity but the same people don't make…moreThese are Adult Comics. Graphically and conceptually. I see a lot of people talking about excessive sex and profanity but the same people don't make the same remarks about the physical violence. Not that I'm especially shocked about it but considering the percentage of both I'd say violence wins.(less)

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Jan 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 O'Keeffe
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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.

Aug 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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this question is a reaction to the sight of this:

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

it's got unicorn people

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torsoless sex workers

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teevee-head people

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seahorse people

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and … this

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the story centers around a second timeless question:

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why, these two assholes, that's who:

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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

Woah. I mean, woah. 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
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Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017

i just binge-read five volumes of this comic and came to a very important conclusion:

happy? read Saga. sad? read Saga. sick? read Saga. bored? read Saga. broke? read Saga. sleepy? read Saga. missed your bus? read Saga. have homework to do? read Saga.

dying from a festering wound? you guessed it....READ SAGA.

reading Saga will solve 100% of all your problems. trust me, i am a medical doctor.

Emily May
May 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Shelves: in-my-library
5 Awesomely Raunchy Sci-Fi Stars

This was only my second graphic novel ever, so obviously I’m no expert; but this was seriously entertaining as fuck and unlike anything I’ve ever read before. I am totally a new fan.

Give me more.
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Steph Sinclair
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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Apr 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 fear of giant soul sucking spiders, this fear turned out to be fo
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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
Kayla Dawn
Nov 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
uhmmmmm YES
I'm in love
Saania Zee Jamal ϟ
Me at 1 AM:

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

Me at 3:30 AM:


(note that this is a school night)
(because no biggie)

One word to sum it all up: unfuckingputdownable.

Mind-blowing material!

This collected volume features issues #1-6 from the comic book series “Saga”.

Creative Team:

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan

Illustrator: Fiona Staples


My name is Hazel. -- I started out as an idea, but I ended up something more. -- Not much more, to be honest. It’s not like I grow up to become some great war hero or any sort of all-important savior... -- ...but thanks to these two (her parents), at least I get to grow old. -- Not everybody does.

I had heard many positiv
Jul 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, kick-ass, blog
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
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
No words. Just emotions.

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"This is what I get for marrying a vegetarian! Even the goddamn PLANTS want us dead!"

Listen, I understand that this is a media darling.

But I find it very hard to enjoy stories/books/comics/tv/movies where the world that is featured and spent time in is a world where it's completely normal to enslave six-year-old girls for prostitution, people talk about murdering other people - children, and infants - as if it ain't no thing, torture, rape, and woman-hating are everyday and commonplace.

You could
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Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
THE ART IS NICE and I really love the characters too this was super great? Full review to come
Bookdragon Sean
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Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Compelling characters and world building. Sometimes the dialogue is just... off and offensive but not in a charming way.
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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This is one crazy world! You have some crazy peeps up in here and peep things, they is also some great snark :-) Gotta love the snark!

So Alana and Marko have a little girl but this is forbidden because they are different and how knows about all of that stupid political stuff with all the rules. But these two didn't follow the rules and had a little girl :-)


Then a few minutes after having the baby some freak with an old t
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
4? 4.5?

I'm not sure what I expected but certainly not this!
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Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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?

Adam Silvera
Jul 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-reads
YO YO YO YO. Buying the rest of the series PRONTO. I read this on the subway and was happy when I got lost because it led to an extra 40 minutes of reading time. SO DAMN ADDICTIVE.
Megan Johnson
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
When I first picked this up on recommendation from a friend, I was worried that it might be a bit too.... Out there for me. However, I was pleasantly surprised at just how emotion packed and beautiful this really is.

The first installment of Saga tells the beginnings of a girl named Hazel. Violence, lack of understanding, and new parents taking on opposition - everything in this read will leave you NEEDING to know what is going to happen next.

What did I think?: I'm not a big comic reader but I co
Sh3lly (grumpybookgrrrl)
Sooooo, I finally jumped on the Saga wagon... I have had the first two volumes sitting on my shelf and I was 99.999999999% sure I was gonna love it - and I did! Of course, now I'm saying, "Why did you wait so long?!' and all that.

Everybody has already read and reviewed this. People who don't read graphic novels have read this! So, I can't really say much that hasn't already been said. I'll just say that it has a trope I like: the star-crossed lovers. Alana and Marko's peoples have been warring s
Mar 01, 2016 rated it liked it

I just finished reading this and WOW. Definitely not what I was expecting, but I enjoyed it immensely.
The artwork is fantastic and I’m really intrigued by the plot.
I’ve heard great things about this series, so I’m glad that I finally picked this one up. It was a great quick read.
I’m excited to start volume 2 next!

3.5 stars

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Michael Finocchiaro
From the start, this series is fantastic. The Romeo and Juliet storyline, the artwork, the great ideas. What happens when a woman from warrior culture with wings falls in love with a man from her enemy’s planet with horns? The story is told by their child. It is a pure joy to read. Highly, highly recommended for all fans of Sci-Fi!
Dan Schwent
Mar 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, 2016-comics, 2016
Marko and Alana, soldiers from opposite sides of an interplanetary war, have a child together and go on the run. Hilarity and awesomeness ensue.

Yeah, I'm really late to the party on this but Saga is pretty fucking great. It's part space opera, part relationship drama, with lots of laughs and inventive aliens thrown into the mix. Tired of the same old aliens? How about aliens with TVs for heads, aliens with horns, aliens with wings, and humanoid alien spiders? There's also magic and spacecraft ma
Aug 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was seriously so enjoyable. The art was beautiful and the story was so compelling. I don't read a ton of graphic novels but this is the one that has kept me hooked the most BY FAR.
The world building was interesting, though not totally explained, but I feel like more of that is coming in later volumes.
I can't wait to see where it goes from here!
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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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