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Saga: Compendium One

(Saga (Collected Editions) #1-9)

4.73  ·  Rating details ·  1,976 ratings  ·  332 reviews

Collecting the first nine volumes of the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling series into one massive paperback, this compendium tells the entire story (so far!) of a girl named Hazel and her star-crossed parents. Features over 1,300 pages of gorgeously graphic full-color artwork, including a new cover from Eisner Award-winning SAGA co-cr
Paperback, 1328 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by Image Comics
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Sarah It may only be my version but I had to read it very carefully at the beginning and end. Otherwise pages started to come loose.
Deanna My copy has been read 3x by three different people and is still in perfect condition. No pages falling out or bent spine at all. I don’t think it woul…moreMy copy has been read 3x by three different people and is still in perfect condition. No pages falling out or bent spine at all. I don’t think it would do well in a library being read 40x and handled in god knows what ways... but I have carried my copy around a bit and lent it out. Holding up surprisingly well!(less)
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Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
instead of rating each individual volume, i’m just gonna rate the overall story (so far) here because it makes more sense to me to rank them as a whole

so, yeah. four stars. this shit fucked me right up and i’m feelin’ feels, but i would 100% read it (and weep) for the first time all over again because it is really that fun (until it’s not fun and gets sad bUt LeT’S nOT taLk aBoUT tHAT)
Johann (jobis89)
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. MY FEELINGS!! My heart. This was a wild rollercoaster ride. Full review to come when I have recovered.
Dimitris Papastergiou
Sep 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
You like comics?

You'll like this one!
Eva B.
I binged this series over 3 days on Hoopla and I am not okay. I was so intrigued the entire time, I just wanted to see what happened next. All of the characters were so complex and it really shows that everyone's the protagonist of their own story. I'm seriously in awe of the depth. There's a ton of gore, sex, nudity, and just general vulgarity in Saga, but it doesn't feel trashy when it so easily could. The art is gorgeous, even when what it's depicting is not. Hazel's inner monologue gave me c ...more
Saul the Heir of Isauldur
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I hated reading this. I hated it because I love the characters, but the plot just won't stop throwing our protagonist family into just the worst scenarios, just over and over.

The series (seeing how this is an omnibus) is filled with blood, action and character, but I think that it is defined by its quiet moments. By it's heartfelt moments, from the literal beginning to the cliffhanger ending.

A rather beautiful piece of literature that grabs you by the heartstrings and doesn't stop shaking you,
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I hate this book. I hate this series. I hate Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples for what they’re doing.

So...why do I also love them and their incredible work of art so much?

Saga is brutal. It is fucking brutal, man. But it is beautiful and messy and real and funny and true and did I MENTION beautiful? But it’s also brutal. And you can’t forget that. Because as much as the characters in this may look like something from a fairy tale, the main characters and those in their orbit are not living one. N
Dec 21, 2020 rated it did not like it
the casual use of slurs (specifically the r-slur, the f-slur and the s-slur) was so unnecessary and it ruined the books for me.

also the rampant fatphobic and ableist language. why was that needed in a book where no one is human and therefore socialisation is different from humanity?

the only trans character’s narrative wasn’t handled well at all — they were consistently misgendered by a character we are SUPPOSED to like.

overall you can tell this story was written by a cishet white man.

fiona stapl
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A great story, but it meandered a bit too much in the middle. And, not to sound like an old prude, but.....some VERY gratuitous stuff in here. Aside from shock value, what was the need?
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Picked this one up due to not being able to find the last volume I left off at and this was a huge portion of the already published series so why not. Great and sad ...did I mention a tragic ending with that cliffhanger omg.
At this rate, who is going to be left to kill for volume two? (Also damn, volume 9. Just...damn.)
Gerrie Chua
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Heartbreaking portrayal of cycles of violence that go on and on and on and on ;~; Deaths are inevitable but painful to read anyway. A pervasive sense of grief and loss and dread throughout. Narratively and graphically beautiful regardless of the content. Apparently there are 54 more issues to go—am itching for more!
Sally Jacoby Murphy
Jan 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous world- interesting characters- fascinating story! A real treat to delve into a new universe.
May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
the greatest graphic novel ive read so far, i would recommend it to all people it is just so captivating and interesting much like saga haha
the art is beyond beautiful, i care about all the characters and they are so well developed and drown and i like this a lot can u tell 😬
Sydney White
Sep 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 2018 I read a TON, and I read quite a bit that I liked. 2019 has SUCKED and I haven’t cared about very much that I’ve read at all. I don’t know if it’s me or the books. But Saga has finally rekindled my love of reading for this year. The art is so so beautiful and the plot is extremely well-done. There’s foreshadowing but it’s never heavy-handed; there’s suspense but not to the point that it becomes predictable. There are some smutty sex scenes but I feel like they toe the line very nicely. A ...more
Jul 17, 2019 marked it as backlist
1400 pages of Saga in one print edition... it sounds crazy but also amazing, and I want it.
okay so, this is more like 3.5 not 3 stars. the only reason why im not bumping this to 4 stars is that i just couldn't get attached to the characters??? i felt bad for them and i was somewhat invested in them and their stories, but none of the (many) deaths got me shedding one (1) tear, or feeling the feels. not entirely sure why that is as i usually cry my eyes out.
that being said the art is crazy beautiful and the story itself is GOOD, otherwise i wouldn't have read over 1300 pages of it. it r
Erica Henry
Nooooooo! Why? Why? Why? 😭😭😭
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
5/5 stars

Oh my. This compendium is absolutely stunning. I read all 1300+ pages in a single day because I couldn't put it down, and I don't know if I'll find a graphic novel quite like it again. It also absolutely destroyed me and I'd like to unread the last few pages because they broke my heart.

The story is a little bit Romeo and Juliet, a little bit Game of Thrones, and it's all set in space. It's full of bizarre fantasy creatures, from tiny talking rodents to humanoid television sets, to giant
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Re-reading this with fresh eyes truly was a joy. I see in my life how these pages in full collection really influenced me as a person. Words simply cannot express the fullness of that feeling. It's a perfect story so-far. ...more
Jacqueline Reid
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
I feel like my heart has been ripped out of my chest. I had no idea really of what I was getting into when I started this. It was recommended to me by a friend, and I’ve never been happier with a recommendation.
This compendium of the first 9 volumes is a good way to binge read everything that’s been published for the series at this point in time.
The artwork is stunning, and the story-line is amazing with a lot of depth. The world created in this story is so unique and interesting. I’ve never se
Sep 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Saga is a masterpiece and a must read for anyone who claims to love sci-fi/fantasy. The art is beautiful in an unassuming way. The writing is raw, vulgar and always gives you food for thought without telling you what’s right and what’s wrong or how you should feel about someone or a certain situation. It just shows you how things escalate and how people evolve, encouraging you to make from the story what you want. The plot is not only action-packed and extremely engaging but finds ways to twist ...more
Sanna G.
Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Saga 1: 4/5 ⭐️
Saga 2: 5/5 ⭐️
Saga 3: 5/5 ⭐️

When I started reading Saga my expectations were quite high, I’ve heard such great things about this story so I really hoped that I would get blown away by the story and art. And I did.

We get to follow Alana and Marko, two different people they belong to two different species. These species has been at war for ages and hate each other but still, these two find each other and fall in love...which brings little Hazel to the world.

The story is narrated
Sarah Kelly
The fastest emotional rollercoaster in the galaxy. Like comics? You’ll love this one. Don’t like comics? You’ll still like this one.
Jason Mays
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing series. I just finished a second read...and I don’t won’t to write too much and spoil anything for anybody.

Before I read the series through, a friend described it as Game of Thrones meets Star Wars. For all I know, that’s a common saying....but I think somewhat accurate. I say somewhat because this is the most original story I think I’ve ever read and I hate to link it to anything else.

Can’t WAIT until #55.
Eoghan Hickey
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyable volume. I'd read a bunch of the loose issues and wanted to revisit it. The art is constantly surprising and inventive, with lots of grown up graphic imagery. Personally I found it worked best when it was focused on the adventure and escape. Some of the social commentary feels a bit shoehorned, but you don't expect subtlety from comics. Saga is a nicely balanced epic, with an anything can happen element that keeps it interesting. ...more
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I like how my friend put it: “Not gay enough, which is my critique for most things.” For a book that centers a (very good) straight couple, this book also has a ton of great and nuanced queer representation and is an amazing reflection of life and humanity (from the most lovely to the most horrific). Very enjoyable. Good for fans of Monstress, and probably other comics.
Feb 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Oh my god, my HEART. Not only is the artwork absolutely incredible, but the storyline pulled me in from page one. This series is the perfect mix of funny, gross, sexy, and heartbreaking. Now all I can do is impatiently sit here, twiddling my thumbs until the next installment comes out.
Jorrit Wouters
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
[4,5 - Excellent read]
“For the record, I detest Freelancers.”
“Then why did you call one?”
“Because the man I want you to find shares your appalling sense of moral relativism.”
Roger Whitson
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Re-read. I suspect SAGA, like TRANSPARENT, will be seen as exemplary of a time when sexual identities and cultural attitudes toward them were rapidly changing. At the beginning of my re-read, I couldn't help but feel like the story employed queer identities and strange aliens to support what was in essence a very traditional, heteronormative, and even reproductively futurist story about marriage and child-raising. Yet, I feel that Vaughan and Staples learned something as the years passed and the ...more
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I know every single person who’s ever been in a comic store will recommend Saga, but I’m going to recommend it anyway. It is currently (as of September 2019) on issue 54 and taking a hiatus because the last issue was a REAL BANGER.

Saga is about the long and bloody conflict between the people of a planet called Landfall and the people of its moon, Wreath. One Landfallian soldier falls in love with a Wreath POW and they elope together and have a baby named Hazel, whose older self narrates the ser
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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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