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Saga. Volume 1

Graphic Novel - 2012 Adult Graphic Novel / Saga, Adult Book / Comics & Graphic Novels / Science Fiction / Saga 1 4 On Shelf 1 request on 11 copies Community Rating: 4.7 out of 5

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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" -- p. [4] of cover.
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Our outlaws' stellar road trip hit a bump that changed the game:
A baby born
With wings and horns
And color for a name.
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Great series submitted by pkooger on March 18, 2013, 3:14pm Saga is another great series from Brian K. Vaughan. He does what he does best, which is write interesting characters stuck in harrowing situations. I can't wait for the next volume.

No moral highground submitted by allison on July 25, 2014, 4:42pm Saga is a perfect storm of lovely art, morally grey characters, unreliable motives, and imperfect heroes. It's got enough angles that it's actually hard to define. It's space opera based around a seemingly eternal ethnically motivated war, narrated by the child of two deserters - neither the smartest or best soldiers - who fall in love, in part due to compulsive rereads of an erotic pulp romance novel that may or may not be a metaphorical treatise laying out the path to peace. If you're familiar with Vaughn's work in Y: the Last Man, then you won't be surprised by the semi-regular deaths or incapacitations of regular characters, or by the way that he creates characters who are capable of both great and terrible things on both grand and petty scales - everyone is complicated and real, up to and including Lying Cat, whose characterization simultaneously encompasses culpability in murder and affirmational, empowering support to a child who has been repeatedly raped and degraded. Fiona Staples' art is amazing, and that's where Saga really hits the sweet spot of worldbuilding - her work bridges all of the ideas and hopes in the story, gives the characters life and spins the story into an atmosphere reminiscent of Miyazaki's Nausicaa. Highly recommended for readers new to comic books, new to sci-fi, or old hands at either.

Wonderful. submitted by eknapp on September 1, 2014, 11:47am Two enemy soldiers have renounced violence, fallen in love and had a baby and pretty much every power faction in the galaxy is hunting them and their "monster" child. The story is driven by their search for safety. The child narrates from some point in the future.

With the name "Saga", I expected Vaughan's latest to be epic, sprawling, and insufferably stuffy. Over-earnest. Gone with the Wind and Star Wars and Ben Hur and the Iliad.

What I found instead is something that--while still with the potential to be epic--is accessible, sardonically funny, and ENDLESSLY creative. Magic-wielding people with all manner of horns warring against tech-wielding people with all manner of wings. A noble class of human-robot hybrids with old-fashioned tube-TVs for heads. (Vaughan uses the screens to wonderful emotive effect.) People who are just giant heads with legs, a large cat that can tell when people are lying, a sarcastic dead teenager who's a floating torso, and the kinds of orgies that you can only get by inventing stuff like this. And that's the tip of the iceberg.

If you've never read a comic, read this submitted by KJRULEZ on June 26, 2016, 12:27am Let this book be your introduction to comicbooks--but, be aware, that not all of them are as good as this. Saga is a wonderful, heartfelt story about love, family, and war--in space. Though it remains true to the tenderness of the inner life of a young family, it is set in a vast and sprawling and weird universe. There is plenty of adventure and action if you require it, but it's never there just to have something happen. If the story and highly imaginative setting were not enough, Fiona Staples has gorgeous art and beautiful colors. You will fall in love with the characters, the art, and the story.

Oh, and if this isn't your introduction to comics, why haven't you read it already? Get on that.

Page-turner submitted by sueij on July 15, 2017, 9:39am An excellent dive into a graphic novel series. The story has both local and universal arcs, both personal and political layers. It's set in space with winged and horned (and TV-headed) species, but touches on decisions and emotions that define what make us human. All this wrapped up in enough action and gorgeous artwork to hook the reader and make it a page-turner.

Not appropriate for those under 18, but recommended for those over.

Bonkers yet awesome submitted by SurfGrape on July 31, 2017, 11:50am This very grown up graphic novel is completely bonkers, and also completely awesome. It's a Romeo and Juliet story set in space, where two soldiers from opposite sides of an interstellar war fall in love. Nobody on either of their planets want this to happen, and they are hunted by official and unofficial forces.

The storyline and artwork take lots and lots of chances, but all of them seem to work. Try this one. You will probably love it!

Definitely NOT for kids! submitted by nsvinicki on August 1, 2017, 11:39am I see the tags for "family" and I worry someone is going to pick this up for their kids or teens... this graphic novel deals with VERY adult themes, including race, war, pregnancy, sex, and politics. It's hilarious and intense by turns, and definitely worth a read for adult comic lovers - just please don't give it to your kids.

THE comic series of our generation submitted by EJZ on June 24, 2018, 9:56am NOT KID FRIENDLY

Do yourself a favor and pick this up. You won't put it down. It's very graphic but handles adult themes with humor at times, compassion at others. The characters are complex, complicated souls who are neither good nor evil, just "human" for lack of a better word. And the art, holy shit. Fiona Staples is amazing.

Saga volume 1 submitted by avrogers1 on July 17, 2018, 11:41pm Although Saga seems to borrow from specific science fiction and fantasy tropes, it’s by and large its own beast. From the shocking first page to the charming final cliffhanger, Saga Vol. 1 is a crash course in the Saga universe and lays the foundations for the ever thickening plot. The characters are creative and the relationships are complex. It's completely unpredictable and definitely delivers a shock factor here and there. The storyline is great, and the art is even better.

A Thrilling Sci-Fi Adventure submitted by dntanzer on August 21, 2018, 12:01pm Saga has become a modern comic classic. It follows a set of interesting, lovable (though not always likeable) characters on a thrilling adventure through new worlds. The storyline is engaging and the art is gorgeous. As others have pointed out though, this is definitely for adults or very mature teenagers.

i enjoyed it submitted by choichr on June 28, 2019, 9:46pm I enjoyed reading this volume. The art was beautiful and the story line was gripping and fast-paced. It kind of reminded me of Romeo and Juliet! I would definitely recommend. It's a fast read that will leave you wanting to read more!
It's graphic and includes a childbirth scene, so I would not recommend it for children.

Graphic violence, language and sex submitted by kathscot on July 11, 2019, 8:36pm Yet still engaging. Definitely not for kids.

very good submitted by adesaik on August 12, 2019, 5:02pm very good

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PUBLISHED
Berkeley, CA : Image Comics, 2012.
Year Published: 2012
Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Language: English
Format: Graphic Novel

ISBN/STANDARD NUMBER
9781607066019
1607066017

ADDITIONAL CREDITS
Vaughan, Brian K.
Staples, Fiona.

SUBJECTS
Parents of racially mixed children -- Fiction.
Parents of exceptional children -- Fiction.
Interracial marriage -- Fiction.
Ethnicity -- Fiction.
Imaginary wars and battles -- Fiction.
Military deserters -- Fiction.
Graphic novels.
Fantasy stories,
Science fiction stories.