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

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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 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, 160 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Image Comics (first published October 10th 2012)
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Jan 15, 2013 Patrick 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 Kat O'Keeffe 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.

Jul 08, 2016 karen 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
Lola  Reviewer

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
Jan 13, 2016 Kemper 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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Emily May
May 31, 2013 Emily May 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
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
Jun 06, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: kick-ass, comics, 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
May 09, 2014 Navessa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics

No words. Just emotions.

Dec 25, 2012 Rainbow rated it it was amazing
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.

Dec 10, 2015 Anne 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
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Sep 15, 2015 ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans) 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?

Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
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 pushing, and
Apr 04, 2016 Natalie rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels

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

This review and more can be found on my blog.
Megan Johnson
May 29, 2016 Megan Johnson rated it it was amazing
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
Jul 27, 2016 Roxane rated it really liked it
Compelling characters and world building. Sometimes the dialogue is just... off and offensive but not in a charming way.
Dec 10, 2015 Carmen rated it did not like it
Recommended to Carmen by: Jeff
"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
Aug 26, 2016 Maureen 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!
Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List


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
Dan Schwent
Jul 15, 2016 Dan Schwent rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, 2016, 2016-comics
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
The Holy Terror
Jul 13, 2013 The Holy Terror rated it really liked it
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 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
Adam Silvera
Jul 16, 2016 Adam Silvera 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.
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Sep 30, 2016 Kelly (and the Book Boar) rated it it was amazing
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
Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*

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
Mar 18, 2016 Kimi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fantasy
So when my mom entered my room last night and saw that I was reading a graphic novel featuring people with television screens for heads having sex, she didn't suggest therapy ... that's how I knew she loved me unconditionally.

If I could describe this graphic novel in one word it would be "weird" but the good kind of weird. THE FANTASTIC KIND OF WIERD! I'm usually not a big fan of sci-fi at all but I kept hearing great things about this series so I decided to pick it up and I don't regret it one
Brian Yahn
Sep 25, 2016 Brian Yahn rated it really liked it
I never really understood the craze for comics... until now.

Saga is the story of two parents that just want to give their child a good life in a world that's fallen into chaos. It's a simple dream I really connected with, that kept me rooting for the two parents on every page.

But what I really love so much about this story is that everything about it is fun. Even the antagonists. They're just caught up in this chaotic world, and even though Brian K Vaughan pits them against these two admirable p
Dylan Williams
Nov 05, 2014 Dylan Williams rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
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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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