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Saga, Vol. 1

(Saga #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  275,349 ratings  ·  13,947 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 t…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?
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
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
Apr 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I don't know why I am do drawn to this story, I just am. Just as great as the first time I read it. ...more
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it
This universe looks so cool. I can't stop staring at the characters and the vivid worlds. It's gorgeous.
However, the plot itself isn't as unique or fleshed out, and there are quite a few upsetting moments. For example, the unnecessary use of the "r" word. (view spoiler)
It is often vulgar with explicit sex scenes, strong language, gore, and violence.
Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️ by: AℳY♔Teens against YA♔ GET IT LET IT ROLL
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.
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 f
Federico DN
Aug 21, 2019 rated it liked it
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Two species at war across the universe, an unlikely love, and an impossible child.

On a distant planet called Cleave, an impossible baby girl is born. Her parents, Marko, a moonie from Wreath, and Alana, a soldier from Landfall. Two different species at war since a long forgotten time, waging war relentlessly through all the vastness of the universe. An unlikely love, the arrival of a beautiful baby daughter, and a prophecy that foretells the death of millions, if not billions. Their respective f
Kayla Dawn
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
uhmmmmm YES - I'm in love ...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
Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
Reviewed by: Rabid Reads

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 pushi
Mar 08, 2021 rated it really liked it
Honestly, graphic novels are usually a snooze for me. Half-baked plotlines, underdone characters, attempts at themes that are raw in the middle. (I was running out of cooking expressions.)

But this one...ruled.

It's not necessarily that the characters are fully fleshed out (they aren't) or that there's a wholly satisfying story here (there is not). What there is: Action. Adventure. A cool and unique world. Graphic images. Violence. Babies. Graphic language. Boobs. Something that looks like if Anya
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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"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
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.
the burning dreamer.
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.

Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
No words. Just emotions.

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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 p
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
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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
Sean Barrs
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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!
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) by: Alexa
What just happened?

Time for uninformative review #2864, yay and stuff!

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 us dead!”


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.
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
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
Andrea Ashwood
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020-books
Oookay... so that was Strange.
Bloody. Gross. And... original.

OMG. Really like it! 👏🏼
I will continue with the series today. 🤗

Review coming soon...
Ahmad Sharabiani
Saga, Volume 1 (Saga: Collected Editions #1), Brian K. Vaughan (Writer), Fiona Staples (Artist)

Brian K. Vaughan (born July 17, 1976) is an American comic book and television writer, best known for the comic book series Y: The Last Man, Ex Machina, Runaways, Pride of Baghdad, Saga, and, most recently, Paper Girls.

Saga is an epic space opera/fantasy comic book series written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples, published monthly by the American company Image Comics.

The series is
David - proud Gleeman in 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
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!
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Brian K. Vaughan is the writer and co-creator of comic-book series including SAGA, PAPER GIRLS, Y THE LAST MAN, RUNAWAYS, and most recently, BARRIER, a digital comic with artist Marcos Martin about immigration, available from their pay-what-you-want site

BKV's work has been recognized at the Eisner, Harvey, Hugo, Shuster, Eagle, and British Fantasy Awards. He sometimes writes

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